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CANADA & U.S. PACIFIC NORTHWEST!
ZOOLOGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Summer 2020


Glaciers, Fjords, bears, whales, Saskatoon berries, national parks and street festivals! Come experience both the natural beauty of the Canadian and U.S. Pacific Northwest along with unique modern and native cultures. Breathtaking sights and hands-on experience in the fields of Zoology and Environmental Science!


About the Program
This exciting program will take students to U.S National and State Parks, and Canada's amazing Provincial Parks!


Watch orcas from the shore of Washington’s Lime Kiln State Park, hike the most glaciers in the lower 48 at North Cascades National Park. Visit various Canadian Provincial Parks including to see the giant trees of Cathedral Grove at MacMillan PP and hike the temperate rain forest of Pacific Rim National Park observing wildlife.

Go on an all-day Grizzly Bear and wildlife Boat Tour of the Canadian fjords at Knight Inlet. Paddle a giant canoe over crystal green waters and learn about the impact of hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest. Visit the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and the Aquarium in Ucluelet. Eat buckets of unusual berries such as Saskatoon and salmonberries while learning about agricultural production and fisheries management.

Hike the Wild Pacific Trail and view tidal pools (full of starfish, sea urchins and shipwrecks!). Visit fishery scientists at the Pacific Biological Center, tour a glacier with a geologist, and visit the taxonomic collections of the Royal B.C. Museum. Learn about First Nation Tribes of British Columbia and attend a Busker Festival while exploring the city of Victoria. Adventure activities like zip lining available. Conclude the trip with dinner at the top of the space needle!

 
Coursework
​​Students may enroll in one (1) or all courses offered for a total of  1-10 credits*:
  • ZOO 2010/L Zoology with lab (4 credits)**
  • PCB 4341c Advanced Field Techniques (3 credits)
  • BSC 4911 Senior research (1-3 credits)
*Students should be mindful of the minimum credit hours needed in order to be considered a full/part time student.


**This course satisfies general education/science lab requirements,  Students are welcomed to register in any or all courses, but must register for the 1 credit lab with the 3 credit Zoology course. Program is open to both non-science and science majors alike.

Note: All interested students should visit an Academic Advisor prior to applying to a Faculty-led Study Abroad program as to review their class standing, part/full time status, graduation date and how the course(s) offered in the program fit or affect a student’s educational plan.

Eligibility
This program is open to students at least 18 years of age with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher.​​ ​This program is open to students of all programs of study, both science and non-science*.

*Participants must receive prior approval from the faculty leaders (Dr. David Serrano & Dr. Michael Harvey). Please contact them to schedule a brief interview.  

Broward College degree-seeking students will be given priority for application and admission into this program.


All interested students should visit an Academic Advisor prior to applying to a Faculty-led Study Abroad program as to review their class standing, part/full time status, graduation date and how the course(s) offered in the program fit or affect a student’s educational plan.
Dates & Deadlines
TRAVEL DATES: Mid-July to Early August 2020 (Exact days TBC)


Deadlines:
Application & Deposit -$1,500 Due: October 1, 2019
Payment 2- $1,000 Due: January 17, 2020
Passport & Physician’s Statement Due: January 17, 2020
Final Payment - $500 Due: May 29, 2020


*Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.*
Costs & Fees
PROGRAM FEE: $3,000
 
Costs Included: airfare, accommodations, , national park admissions, ferry travel, some (~ 50%) meals, international emergency medical insurance.

Costs Not Included:  BC tuition and fees, books & supplies, passport, visa costs (may apply to non-U.S. citizens) some meals (approximately $200), optional excursions, personal expenses.
 
 
Payment Deadlines:
Application & Deposit- $1,500 Due: October 1, 2019
Payment 2- $1,000 Due: January 17, 2020
Passport & Physician’s Statement Due: January 17, 2020
Final Payment - $500 Due: May 29, 2020

Program deposit and payments: Contact a faculty leaders for instructions on making payments at a BC Cashier's office.
 
BC degree-seeking students who are looking to defray the program cost should check out the Faculty-Led Travel Grants and the study abroad scholarships & funding page regarding grants and scholarship opportunities that may be available to them!

Application & Acceptance Materials
 
​In order to apply, students must contact faculty leader Dr. David Serrano or Dr. Michael Harvey via email and participate in a short interview prior to submitting any application paperwork.  Once approved to move ahead with the application, the student will submit the following to the faculty leader:
 

Program deposit and payments: Contact a faculty leader for instructions on making payments at a BC Cashier's office.


As part of the application and acceptance process, students must read the student handbook.

Do you have questions about the application process or want to find out about funding and scholarship opportunities? Contact the study abroad office at abroad@broward.edu !

 

Faculty Leaders

Faculty leaders teach the courses connected to this program and travel with the students abroad. For more information regarding the program, please contact the following faculty leaders:

Dr. David Serrano
Biological/Environmental Sciences
Central Campus 7/140
(954) 201-6401
dserrano@broward.edu

Dr. Michael Harvey
Biological Sciences
Central Campus 7/107
(954) 201-6831
(305) 519-9544
mharvey@broward.edu

Passport & Visa Information
Passport​

A passport is an official government document which validates a traveler’s identity and country of citizenship.  Students, regardless of nationality, who are interested in studying abroad MUST have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their return date in order to do so.  For U.S. citizens, information on applying for a passport is available on the U.S. Department of State website.

Visa

A visa, different from a passport, is a government document placed in the individual's passport which authorizes them to request entry into the host country for a limited duration of time for business, pleasure, study, or other.

U.S Citizens are not required to obtain a visa and will be allowed to enter Canada. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Study Abroad Office for more information about their specific case.

Important Immigration Information for Canada!

Canada has a strict policy on DUIs and felonies.  Individuals who have had a DUI or other criminal convictions can and will be denied entry into Canada by Border Services.  There is a lengthy process for entry into Canada with a DUI record after some time.  Impacted students must contact Canada Border Services Agency to determine if they are eligible for the appeal/clearing process.

To determine whether you may be inadmissible and how to overcome this finding, please refer to the Canadian Immigration website.


International Students

F-1 international students attending Broward College who are interested in participating in a study abroad program should first speak with a Designated School Official (DSO) through the International Admissions Office to discuss their immigration status and any special circumstances they may need to consider prior to applying for the program.

Health, Safety & Travel Considerations

Health Considerations
Vaccinations: ​There are no required/mandatory vaccinations  to travel to Canada unless recommended by a physician or specific health conditions of a participant. All participants should be up to date with all routine vaccinations.  For country-specific health and immunization information visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Website.

Physical Activity: Rigorous physical activity that involves long hikes along steep, uneven, muddy, slick and/or rocky trails.  Many trails are at higher altitude and students will be expected to hike multiple hours in remote terrain Students are responsible for carrying their luggage from transportation to lodging.

Physician's Statement: All participants must submit a complete and signed physician's statement/release prior to program start date.

Safety and Travel Considerations
The United States and Canada share the longest international border on the planet and their bilateral relationship is one of the world’s closest and most extensive. It is reflected in the high volume of bilateral trade – nearly $2 billion a day in goods and services – and in people-to-people contact – about 400,000 people cross between the two countries every day. In fields ranging from border security and law enforcement to environmental protection to free trade, the two countries work closely together on multiple levels, from local/provincial to federal.


The U.S Department of State offers country information pages to assist international travelers. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.  Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to decide whether traveling to that country is right for you.

Please review Canada's country information page for country-specific information.

For more information about health, safety, emergency preparation and travel considerations please review the Faculty-led Study Abroad Student Handbook.

Withdrawal & Cancelation Policy
Program Specific Policies

The cost of plane tickets will not be refunded after being purchased.

Once reservations and accommodations are paid, refunds are no longer available.


BC Study Abroad Policies - as stated on the Faculty-led student Handbook

Once a student has departed for the program, a refund will not be issued. If there is a documented medical issue or emergency situation, a written request may be submitted to the Study Abroad Office, which will consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis.
Students are expected to review the Student Code of Conduct and understand themselves that participating in a Broward Study Abroad program means that they agree to adhere to College policies, and demonstrate conduct accordingly.
 
Students violating this conduct code or demonstrating other disruptive, illegal, or inappropriate behavior may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the faculty leaders or Broward College administration. Should the offense occur while abroad, the student would be solely responsible for any and all related travel expenses for their return to the United States. In such an event, students would be ineligible for a refund for any portion of the program.
Participant’s Resources

 

Do you have questions about the application process or want to find out about funding and scholarship opportunities? Contact the study abroad office at abroad@broward.edu !

Student Handbook
​The Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Student Handbook provides the student information covering a wide variety of topics which pertain to the policies and procedures regarding study abroad. Students should check back frequently for any updates or changes to the handbook.
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