Tropical Ecology in Belize
Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also have taken at least BSC 111 and BSC 111L or BSC 103 and BSC 103L. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the Tropical Ecology Belize Director.
Students who are accepted for participation in the Tropical Ecology in Belize Program may apply for financial aid if they meet federal requirements for a Guaranteed Student Loan. Students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the Southern Miss International Programs Office before requesting a study abroad financial aid application from their university's Financial Aid Office.
Pell Grants, faculty/staff dependent scholarships, faculty/staff tuition waivers, and graduate assistantships are also accepted. Students are advised to begin the financial aid process well in advance of these deadlines. Students should apply for financial aid through the school in which they are currently enrolled and seeking a degree.
Financial aid agreements between Southern Miss and other universities are available, if requested. If more information is needed, contact the Southern Miss International Programs Office.
Application and Payment Deadlines (subject to change)
Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until TBA, space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on TBA. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.
Cancellations and Refunds
Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to the payment deadline, TBA. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified, in writing, of all cancellations.
Assistance and Information
The University of Southern Mississippi
Office of International Programs
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Mac H. Alford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr. #5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406