Experience a new way to learn. Study Abroad in Belize with C.E.L.A.

We are the Center for Engaged Learning Abroad, CELA Belize, dedicated to providing a wide variety of experiential learning, focusing on sustainability. We deliver customized learning programs utilizing the natural wonders of Belize; sharing and respecting Belize's cultural diversity, incredible bio-systems and rich heritage.

Our Specialities

Animal Science
Marine Biology
Environmental Science
Health Sciences
Community Development

C.E.L.A. Course Offerings

Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.

Winter 2018-2019 session will run from December 26th 2018 to January 7th 2019, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.

  • 1. Download

    Download the course schedule and price list for Summer 2018 or Winter 2018-19

  • 2. Choose your course

    Choose your favorite courses from our amazing program list

  • 3. Apply

    Request information or apply online. SUNY & Rutgers Students need to apply via their Study Abroad Office

  • 4. Need Credit?

    NEW!! CELA students whose schools need credits from a US institution can earn credits for these great courses from Jacksonville University.

About Belize

Belize, often called "Mother Nature's best kept secret", is a tropical paradise. It is Central America's only English speaking country, it has a stable democracy and only a quarter of a million inhabitants. It's diverse environment, from reef to mountains, makes it the perfect place for hands on study

  • Geographical Features

    Belize is 174 miles long and 68 miles wide with the mainland covering 8,867 sq miles. Belize has a subtropical climate with humidity averaging 85%. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south. Belize's barrier reef is the second longest in the world at 180 miles. The highest point is the Victoria peak at 3,680 feet.

  • Culture

    English is the official language but Kriol (creole) and Spanish are most often heard along with Garifuna, Maya, German and Chinese. This diverse mixed has produced musical styles such as punta rock, brukdown, marimba and maya harp.

  • Poitics

    Formerly the colony of British Honduras, Belize gained independence in 1981. It is a parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster system of government.

  • Large Animal Vet Practices in the Tropics

    This course is designed for pre-veterinary, animal science or zoology students to gain hands-on working knowledge of the health issues of farm animals including horses, sheep, pigs and cattle in Belize. Learn More...

  • Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation

    Working with The Belize Zoo students will be introduced to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife, veterinary practices and wildlife research techniques. Learn More...

  • Primate Ecology and Conservation

    This special course is supported by a grant from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) entitled "Population and Helath Assessmet of Howler Monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize". Learn More...

  • Tropical Marine Ecology

    Tropical Marine Ecology is an intensive systems-ecology course that covers a 10 day timeframe including classroom, field and laboratory components in both terrestrial riparian and marine ecosystems. Learn More...

  • Watershed Ecology

    This course explores the general structure and ecology of watersheds, movement of surface and sub-surface waters through the landscape and larger interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Learn More...

  • Lake Ecology

    This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence lake dynamics. This will be accomplished through lecture, field investigation, and laboratory analysis. Learn More...

  • Global Health

    This course explores the intersections of economics, health, medicine and social development in the Tropics with Belize as the focus. The objective of this course is provide students with knowledge and insight into epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of tropical diseases. Learn More...

  • Health, Belief and Ethnomedicine

    Contemporary indigenous groups draw on a long history of working with medicinal plants from their surrounding environment while taking a holisitic approach to health care. This course will offer an introduction to the world of traditional health as it is practiced and integrated into daily life in southern Belize. Learn More...

  • Internships

    Internships allow you to immerse yourself in Belizean culture, learn how agencies function in a new environment, develop new skills, and be a part of the development of Belize. Learn More...

  • Service Learning

    Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning with C.E.L.A. is about facilitating opportunities which allows students to learn in this amazing “classroom,” and serve and share in the search for well-being and about mobilizing the resources of the academic world to build a sustainable world. Learn More...

  • Custom Programs

    Thinking about planning an educational trip for your group? Our experienced staff and diverse faculty can professionalize your trip. Allowing us to manage the logistics of your trip for you means that you can focus on what you do best, teaching! Learn More...

Our Partners

At C.E.L.A. Belize, we are fortunate to work with great organizations across the country when bringing you the educational experience of a lifetime. These connections enrich each program and support our partner's efforts as well. Our valued partners include:

  • Belize Bird Rescue
    Belize Bird Rescue

    Belize Bird Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation operating on a private reserve with the Cayo District of Belize. The creators began "rescuing" birds in April 2004 and as of mid 2009 have cared for 72 birds and made 40 successful releases.

  • Belize Botanic Gardens
    Belize Botanic Gardens

    Comprised of 45 acres of gardens, arboretum and natural areas in the Cayo District of West Belize between the Maya Mountain foothills and the Macal River. The main focus of their collections is native plants of Belize.

  • The Belize Zoo
    The Belize Zoo

    The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions.

  • Community Baboon Sanctuary
    Community Baboon

    The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey ("baboon" in the local Creole dialect) while promoting the economic development of the participating communities.

  • Forest Department
    Forest Department
    Government of Belize

    The Forest Department is a leading modern and committed government agency with a well trained, accountable and professional staff efficiently coordinating resources for the sustainable management of Belize Natural Resources,

  • FCD
    Friends of Conservation
    and Development

    FCD is a respected organization whose role in the national conservation agenda is fully recognized by both the Government and the general public. It continues to build its networking capabilities both locally and internationally, while capitalizing on its strengths as a reputable community-based conservation organization.

  • NICH
    National Institute of
    Culture and Development

    NICH encourages Belizeans and persons interested in Belize to better understand our historical and ethnic roots and instill pride in ourselves about our country's unique cultural heritage and shared national identity. The Institute of Archaeology focuses on the Protection, Preservation and Promotion of the rich cultural heritage of our country.

  • PACT
    Protected Areas
    Conservation Trust

    PACT is a strategic partner in the funding management and sustainable development of Belize’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of Belizeans and the global community.

  • Tumul K'In
    Tumul K'in
    Center of Learning

    Tumul K'in Center of Learning is a registered non-governmental Maya Organization that responds to the challenges of poverty and marginalization in rural Toledo by promoting a sustainable development with identity through intercultural education, training and research fusing modern and Maya values, knowledge and philosophy.


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