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  • Locations: Cayos Cochinos, Honduras; Online Course, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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 here and please see the FAQ below.

In addition to the course registration described above, all program participants need to complete and submit some additional forms and documents, and must show proof of insurance with coverage for a minimum of $100,000, including a minimum of $25,000 for medical evacuation, $25,000 for repatriation, and $2,500 for mental health services.  To submit these forms and documents, and to get more information about the required proof of insurance, please click on the APPLY NOW button and follow the prompts to login and create your profile.

Dates: June 22 to July 31, 2020
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 941-487-4597 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:
  • Last day to register/late registration fee ($100 fee): Friday, May 22
  • Tuition and fees due (New College): Friday, May 22
  • Housing fees deposit due (Honduras): Friday, April 10
  • Last day for 100% refund (Housing/Honduras): Friday, April 26 (partial housing refund after April 26)
  • Last day for 100% refund (New College): Monday, June 22
  • Class begins: Monday, June 22
  • Financial aid Add/Drop period deadline: Friday, July 3
  • Last day to withdraw with 25% Refund: Friday, June 26
  • Class ends: Friday, July 31
  • 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?
No, but a tetanus booster is highly recommended.
-Where should I make payments due for this course?
Tuition and fees should be paid to New College.
Housing should be paid directly to the host.  Please contact Eagle Bay Ray at
-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


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 05/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/22/2020 07/31/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.