Biology Global Experience Furman University

Every year, we take dozens of students on study away trips. Their journeys cover every corner of the globe, from the savannahs of Africa to the rainforests of Costa Rica. Furman Biology faculty lead these experiences, providing continuity with your campus-based curriculum. Sample a few of our study away programs:

  • Darwin and the Galápagos

      Travel to the islands that inspired Charles Darwin. You will travel through the archipelago by boat, observing the unique species of birds, reptiles, and plants that led Darwin to conclude that species change and evolve over time. Before traveling to the islands, you'll explore the cultural history and diversity of Ecuador in colonial Quito and the Otavalo region.

      Apply

      Apply for this May Experience course through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore the Galapagos

      Keep your eyes open and your camera ready as we hike and snorkel in this enchanted archipelago. You will observe species of plants, birds, and reptiles that evolved here and are found nowhere else in the world.

      Accommodations

      Most nights, you and your roommate will share a hotel room. Most of your meals are covered by the program, but we will, on occasion, sample Ecuadorian cuisine at local restaurants. Most of the food will be familiar to you—chicken, pork, beef, fish, rice, and potatoes—but if you're adventurous, you might get the chance to try something new. Guinea pig, anyone?

      Costs

      The program fee covers your room and board, airfare, local transportation, and gear. It won't cover your souvenirs or any extra equipment, like hiking boots or cameras.

      Contact Us

      Questions about the program? Contact Greg Lewis.

  • Marine biology and ethnobiology in Belize

      Want to spend part of the semester in Belize? You'll begin this study away program by taking courses in marine biology and ethnobiology at Furman. Then, when you're prepared, you'll head to Belize for the final three weeks of the semester. The trip won't prevent you from taking other courses. In fact, we'll work with faculty in biology and other departments to ensure that you'll meet the requirements of your other courses even though you'll leave early. In some cases, you may need to complete a project or exam while you're in Belize.

      When you get to Belize, you'll snorkel over the country's coral reefs, visit at a coffee farm, and visit Mayan ruins.

      Apply

      Ready for an adventure? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Belize

      Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Mayan ruins, and beautiful beaches, there's always something exciting in Belize. We'll travel to reserves and sanctuaries, canoe the Macal River, hike in the rainforest, visit the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize, and visit the Belize Zoo. While we're in San Pedro, you'll study, snorkel, and dive on the healthiest coral reef in the Caribbean. It is filled with sea turtles, tropical fish, rays, and octopi.

      Accommodations

      When we're on the mainland, we'll be staying at Clarissa Falls Resort, a rustic resort in Belize City. You'll share a thatch roofed suite with two to six other students and eat your meals in the thatched-roof restaurant on the resort.

      On San Pedro Island, we'll be staying on the Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education campus. They provide two-to-four person rooms along with three family-style meals per day.

      Cost

      Like all semester-long study away programs at Furman, our program is available for the same cost as a semester of on-campus study. The program fee includes airfare and all course-related travel in Belize.

      Furman scholarships and financial aid can be applied toward the cost of the program. Furman provides some additional grants and interest-free loans to students who are enrolling in study away programs. More information is available through Furman's office of financial aid.

      Contact us

      Want more information about the trip? Contact Dr. Dennis Haney.

  • Oceans and human health in Bermuda

      How does something that makes up 71 percent of the Earth's surface impact our health? Travel with us to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, a world-class marine science laboratory, to find out. You'll study issues like pollution, mercury levels in fish, how marine animals can be used in developing pharmaceuticals, and more. Not only will you have your Furman professors there to teach you, you'll also work with the institute's resident scientists.

      This program isn't just for biology students, either. We've had majors in Earth and environmental science, chemistry, history, and health education science join us.

      Apply

      Ready to get started? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Bermuda

      You'll spend most of your time on the BIOS campus in St. George, or exploring nearby waters. But when you get free time, you'll have the chance to visit the island's pink beaches, historic forts, underground caves, and various nature preserves. There's a lot of beauty packed in the island's 21 squared miles.

      Accommodations

      You'll be staying in dormitory-style rooms on BIOS' 15-acre campus. But chances are you won't be spending much time in your room. When you're not in class or conducting research, you'll be snorkeling, relaxing in the lounge, playing on the sports fields, or exploring the island. The kitchen serves three full meals each day and most of our students eat on the back porch where they can enjoy views of Ferry Reach and Castle Harbour.

      Cost

      The $5,000 program fee covers your airfare, room and board, and your use of the BIOS facilities. The only thing you have to worry about is money for souvenirs and off-campus activities.

      Contact us

      Want to learn more about our trip? Contact Dr. Joe Pollard.

  • Regional agriculture

      When you think about Italian food, there are probably some items that immediately come to mind. Mozzarella. Tomatoes. Pasta. Wine. But why does one culture cultivate these foods and another focus on other items? We'll use an interdisciplinary lens to look at how culture, religion, history, and science affect regional agricultural methods. In the past, we've worked with professors in other departments to teach this course in Italy and Mexico. But we're always looking for new places to explore.

      Apply

      Ready for an adventure? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Contact us

      Do you have more questions about this class? Contact Dr. Eli Hestermann.

  • Tropical ecology in Costa Rica

      Experience the natural wonders of Costa Rica in this '2+2' progam. Take a 2-credit campus course in spring, and then travel to Costa Rica for the 2-credit May Experience. When you're there, you'll hike, study, and conduct ecological research in rain forest, cloud forest, and tropical dry forest. As one student said, "it's like walking through the pages of National Geographic!"

      Apply

      Ready to apply? Complete an application through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Costa Rica

      Costa Rica's rich biodiversity makes it the perfect place to conduct field research in ecology. Don't forget your camera! Costa Rica is home to parrots, toucans, macaws, jaguars, pumas, and ocelots. Into entomology? Costa Rica is home to some of the world's largest and prettiest insects, including iridescent morpho butterflies and huge harlequin beetles. While you're there, you'll study in diverse rain forests, hike in magical cloud forests, and watch breath-taking sunsets over tropical dry forests.

      Accommodations

      We'll be staying and eating in dormitory-style rooms and dining areas at Palo Verde National Park, Monteverde Ecological Preserve, and La Selva Biological Station.

      Cost

      The program fee covers all your travel, food, and lodging expenses.

      Contact us

      Have more questions about the program? Contact Dr. Joe Pollard for more information.

  • Wild Semester in New Mexico and South Africa

      Take a journey into the wild. Over the course of a single semester, you'll observe and study animals on two different continents. First, you'll travel to New Mexico where you'll track mountain lions, observe elk and bison, and study complicated water and land use issues. From there, you'll travel to South Africa to observe the planet's last great mammal communities. Seeing endangered black rhinos,leopards, lions, elephants, and giraffes in the wild will make memories that last a lifetime.

      When you're not in the field, you'll study ecology, conservation issues, field zoology, and natural resource management. You'll take weekend field trips, and listen to guest speakers. Local and federal wildlife officials, field biologists, museum curators, and environmental activists will share their expertise with the class.

      Apply now

      Ready to apply? Complete the application through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore New Mexico and South Africa

      We'll spend most of our time at Ladder Ranch, a 155,000-acre working bison ranch in New Mexico. This trip focuses on field research, so we'll be hiking, camping, and conducting research in nearby parks and wildlife areas. Along the way, you'll see mountain lions, bears, bats, bobcats, mule deer, pronghorn, elk, foxes, javelina, and bison.

      In South Africa, we'll visit national parks and reserves like Kruger National Park and Fish River Reserve. You won't have to look far to spot elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, rhinoceroses, and warthogs.

      Our Accommodations

      You'll be getting a true field biology experience on this trip. In New Mexico, we'll live in a dormitory-style building in the historic ghost town of Hermosa, N.M. Most of our weekends will be spent camping. We won't have cell phone service, but we'll make weekly trips to town for groceries and a chance to make calls. You and your classmates will be responsible for cooking and cleaning.

      In South Africa, we'll spend most our time in a colonial era farmhouse at our field station, but we'll also camp, and stay in national park accommodations. We'll eat with our South African colleagues and graduate students or in national park restaurants. Embrace the spirit of adventure at meal times. You might find kudo, warthog, or wildebeest on your plate.

      Our costs

      Like all semester-long study away programs at Furman, our program is available for the same cost as a semester of on-campus study. The program fee includes airfare and all course-related travel. We provide tents for camping, but you'll be responsible for the rest of your gear including sleeping bags, hiking boots, and backpacks.

      Furman scholarships and financial aid can be applied towards the costs of the program. Furman provides some additional grants and interest-free loans to students who are enrolling in study away programs. Visit Furman's Office of Financial Aid.

      Contact us

      Have more questions about the program? Contact Dr. Travis Perry for more information.

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