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  • Locations: San Salvador, Bahamas
  • Program Terms: May Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Dormitory Type of Program: Faculty Led
Program Description:
Bahamas Coral Reef Studies 201

Coral Reef Studies in the Bahamas

Program Highlights

  • Explore coral reefs in the Bahamas while experiencing the local culture and expanding knowledge of ecological research
  • Utilize biological and geological field techniques to study coral reefs firsthand
  • Learn about the interactions between physical and biological factors that comprise coral reefs
  • Stay on the island of San Salvador, Bahamas

Program Overview

Cities: San Salvador
2018 Program Dates: May 6-22, 2018
Program Fee: $4,118
>> Estimated total cost

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The study of coral reefs is best taught as a field course and the best coral reefs are outside the U.S. The island of San Salvador is home to many shallow-water reefs and is known for its quick drop in the continental shelf, allowing for numerous snorkeling and diving opportunities.

The Gerace Research Center on San Salvador, is owned by the College of the Bahamas and serves as the host field station. The center was established to study the geology, biology, and ecology of the coral reefs, coral islands and tropical terrestrial ecosystems. The center provides housing and serves meals. Lecture rooms, laboratories, boats and dive equipment are also available.


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  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Must have completed a minimum of 30 credits
  • One year of college-level Biology or Geology (BIOL 1011 and 1012 OR GEOL 1110)
  • Must be able to pass a basic swimming skills test
Scuba certification is not required, but it is recommended and encouraged. A scuba certification program may be taught on campus prior to the program (dates to be determined) for interested students. All students will snorkel and must be comfortable in the water.

Course Information:

Earn 3 credits in BIOL/GEO: 4839: Coral Reef Field Studies

This course may count as an elective towards degrees in Biology, Geology, and Environmental Sciences in addition to fulfilling the Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirement. 

Course Topics Include:

  • The physical environment of coral reefs: geomorphology, sedimentology, and wave energy
  • Ecology of coral reefs: the interrelationship of the physical environment and the biological communities
  • Geological and biological field methods

Program Leaders

Paul Bates is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at University of Minnesota Duluth. His areas of focus are science education, plant biology, and molecular genetics.

Paul Bates, Ph.D.
UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Dept. of Biology
319 Life Sciences

Christina Gallup is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Minnesota Duluth. Her areas of focus are climate change and environmental science.

Christina Gallup, Ph.D.
UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
219 Heller Hall

Study Abroad Coordinator

Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty led programs. 

Program Costs

Cost Estimate | May Session 2018
Estimated Program Fee: $4,118
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $415
Estimated Total Cost: $4,533

Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year.
*Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What's included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • Tuition
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing (shared dormitory rooms, with up to 8 students per room)
  • Local transportation
  • Field trips & entry fees
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Faculty leader support
  • Re-entry support

View the 2018 breakdown of costs (available upon Board of Regents approval.) These estimated costs do not include the $50 application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Scholarships are available!

Travel Documents

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required.


Know the following program information to provide on the online application:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: May Session
Country: Bahamas
Program Name: Short-term: Coral Reef Studies in the Bahamas

Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.


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After you apply

  1. You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
  4. The program leader will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."

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This program is currently not accepting applications.