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  • Locations: Cayos Cochinos, Honduras; Online Course, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Housing Options: Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English Tuition Paid to New College: Yes
Program Description:
Coral Reef Issues, Honduras
***Students who have consulted with Dr. Gilchrist may proceed and submit their forms and documents.  If you have any questions about this site, please contact Florence Zamsky, Assistant Director for Off­-Campus Study and Study Abroad, at***

This is a New College of Florida five-week study abroad course in Honduras taught by Dr. Sandra Gilchrist.  Reef environments provide the opportunity to understand how the land and ocean environments are connected. Students will learn about general ecology of reefs. They will engage in projects that use underwater photography and field collection techniques.  They will be stationed at Cayos Cochinos, a part of a reef reserve area. Students can choose from projects focused on areas such as coral disease, octopus behavior and distribution, crustacean behavior, and invertebrate distribution. The course will not be focusing on fish biology, though it will talk about different fish as a part of the system. Students will learn to identify a minimum of 25 reef invertebrates by sight, learn about the ecology and geology of the Bay Islands reef system, fundamentals of underwater photography, and how to design and carry out a field project.

Learn more about the program herecheck out the Honduras Coral Reefers blog here, and please see the FAQ below.

It is recommended that students purchase international travel insurance that provides coverage in case of sickness or accident overseas, as well as medical evacuation and repatriation, as the College assumes no liability nor responsibility for our sponsored Summer Programs participants.

Dates: June 27 to July 29, 2022
Weeks 1 and 5 are taught via online course delivery. Weeks 2-4 are spent on site in Honduras. Students should expect a 40-hour-per-week commitment. The course may be taken for credit or audit (no credit). 

Credits: This course is four semester credit hours or one New College of Florida unit. The course counts toward the 31 required units and other relevant requirements of New College students. Since It is not an Independent Study Project or part of a contract, this summer class does not count toward the minimum requirement of 7 contracts. 

Housing/Meals: Please contact Dr. Gilchrist at or 941-487-4598 as soon as possible for housing fee and housing refund information.

Transportation: Students must arrange for their transportation to Honduras and contact Dr. Gilchrist for information on how to meet up as a group.

Important dates:
  • Registration ends: May 27, 2022
  • Tuition and fees due to New College: May 27, 2022
  • Housing fees deposit due ($500 - Honduras): TBD - Contact Prof. Sandra Gilchrist at or 941-487-4598 for housing fee information.
  • Last day for 100% refund (Housing/Honduras): TBD - Contact Prof. Sandra Gilchrist at or 941-487-4598 for housing refund information.
  • Last day for 100% refund (New College): July 1, 2022
  • Class begins: Monday, June 27, 2022 (first week is online)
  • Last day to withdraw with 25% Refund: July 8, 2022
  • Class ends (last week is online): Friday, July 29, 2022
  • Evaluations/Grades due (by 12:00 noon): August 5, 2022
  • New College Students – Register using the Course Request System (CRS) through NewCLEIS (NCF login required).  If you’re an eligible student and currently enrolled in NCF’s undergraduate degree-seeking program, you can take this course for audit, or for credit with a designation of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory; no written evaluation will be provided.
  • Students from Other Colleges or High Schools, and Community Members — Apply here. This course can be taken for graded credit or for audit. If you are from another college, please remember to secure approval from your home institution for any course you seek to apply toward your degree requirements. If you are a high school student, please note that NCF courses are not designed to fulfill high school dual enrollment credit requirements, and that parental approval is required if you are under the age of 18. 
Tuition and Fees: In addition to tuition and fees, students must pay for their transportation to Honduras as well as housing/facility and meals (approximately $2,500). 
Financial Aid: New College does not disburse financial aid in the summer.  If you are a non-NCF college student seeking credit toward your degree program, contact the financial aid office at your home institution to learn if you may be eligible for aid.  

-Do I need a passport to travel to Honduras? 
Yes, you need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after entering the country.
-Do I need a visa to travel to Honduras for this program?
No, not at this time.
-Are there any required immunizations to participate in this program?
Currently, you will need to show proof of vaccination for COVID and a negative test immediately prior to departure to Honduras and prior to return to the US.  These requirements may change.  A tetanus booster is highly recommended. 
-Where should I make payments due for this course?
Tuition and fees: paid to New College.  Housing: please contact Dr. Gilchrist.
-Are all participants traveling together?
No, each participant should make their own travel arrangements and purchase their own airfare to and from San Pedro Sula airport on specific dates to be announced by Dr. Gilchrist.  

Program Advisor: 
Dr. Sandra Gilchrist

Coral reef Issues, Honduras


This program is currently not accepting applications.