|Q to S Update:|
December 2011 will be the last iteration of this program. It will no longer run under semesters.
|The Bahamas Program|
|“An Island as an Environment,” takes place in the Bahamas and examines environmental issues in a tropical island ecosystem. The Bahamas provide a model for understanding the issues and processes impacting sustainability for the island's natural environments and biological diversity, the local people's livelihood and way of life, and the economic stability of the country. A wealth of diverse experiences provide students with firsthand knowledge of life at the land-sea interface. Weather conditions permitting,approximately 2/3 of the course will involve firsthand exposure to marine environments and 1/3, terrestrial environments. Generally, students should be prepared to spend the first week snorkeling and the last few days making frequent hiking trips to study vegetation.|
Two weeks; winter intersession annually
November 28 - December 13, 2011
Eligibility and selection process:
Students from all majors with minimum GPA of 2.5 may apply. Students interested in receiving Tier III credit must have junior or senior standing. All students, regardless of major, are eligible to enroll in the PBIO 313: Special Topics in Plant Biology course.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
The program can accommodate a maximum of 25 students. Applications will be reviewed after the priority deadline and qualified applicants will be asked to interview for the program. Accepted students will be notified shortly thereafter. If spaces remain, admission will be granted will be granted on a space-available basis.
Interested students should apply online at: http://eais.admsrv.ohio.edu/eais/student/
Students will sleep on four sailing ships for the two-night visit to Nassau, and will lodge for the remainder of the course at Forfar Field Station on Andros Island. The Forfar Station is a rustic facility on the beach with electricity and in-door plumbing.
Courses and credits
Students will enroll in five credits over winter intersession. They can choose from the following courses:
Students interested in receiving Tier III credit must have junior or senior standing. All students, regardless of major, are eligible to enroll in the PBIO 313: Special Topics in Plant Biology course. PBIO 313 fulfills the Natural Sciences credit in the College of Arts and Sciences, and may meet requirements for science credit in other colleges or majors.
Important note: Costs billed by OU for the field course are separate from winter quarter billing. Specifically, the 5 winter intersession credits are not considered part of your winter quarter course registrations, and are billed as 5 credits independent of what you register for in winter quarter.
Financial aid may be applied to program costs; further information is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Students wishing to pursue diving certification during the field course may do so for an additional fee, paid to the Forfar Field Station staff.
Additional Information on the Bahamas
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for the Bahamas can be found here. US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OEA's Visa Information Page.
Information for Non-US citizens can be found here.
For more information contact:
012 Walter International Education Center
Dr. Art Trese
423 Porter Hall
Environmental & Plant Biology
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840