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posted Sep 26, 2013, 8:48 AM by Erin Burge

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.  The general application deadline is later, but this program may be full by this deadline and so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

How do I apply for the program?

Applications for all short term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: https://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad/application/.

Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts. Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs. The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

How many slots are available for the 2013 trip?

10-12 slots are available.  There are two alternate spots (one female and one male).

When will I know if I was selected?

Before Christmas, but I hope to have the selections made by Thanksgiving.

What are the criteria for selection?

1. GPA. The higher the better.  This can be more important than class rank in some circumstances (eg: a Senior with a 2.1 and a Junior with a 3.9 and only one slot left).

2. Class rank. When GPAs are comparable Seniors will get priority because they will not have another chance to apply.

3. You have applied before. It might help if you remind me of a previous application.

4. Application date and deposit paid.  The earlier the better.

5. Our "history."  Have we had classes before?  Group cohesion is really important on this trip, and it is important that everyone get along well, and play nice with others. If we haven't interacted previously your statement of purpose is more important.

6. Faculty recommendations.  Dr. Burge does not require one with your application. In order to not bother your academic adviser you can list my email (eburge@coastal.edu) on page 3 of the Study Abroad Application.

Do I have to be SCUBA certified?

No, but what are you going to do the six hours a day we are diving?

Can I do certification dives in Jamaica?

Generally yes, but there are downsides to doing this.
1. There is a fee associated with this payable to the dive instructor.
2. You may have to wait a few days to get it done, meaning that you will potentially miss fun group dives at the beginning of the trip.
3. You will be less experienced.
If at all possible, Dr. Burge highly recommends being SCUBA certified and having completed your checkout dives BEFORE going to Jamaica.

When does this program take place?

This is a Maymester program that is tentatively scheduled for mid-May 12 to early June, 2014. The dates are still fluid, and they won't be firmed up until we actually buy plane tickets. In the last 6 years the earliest we have returned is May 26, and the latest was June 2. The trip is 18 days and we usually leave mid-week after finals.

What is the cost of this study abroad program?

The cost of this program is $3,700 and includes:

  • Lodging and almost all meals abroad
  • Air and local transportation
  • Field trips
  • All dive expenses except gear
  • Trip insurance (optional DAN insurance is recommended)

Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $350 per credit hour (6 credits total).

Maymester tuition bills are due May 9, 2013.

When are payments due for the program?

Deposit

$500 due with application

Second Payment

Dec. 16, 2013 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Third Payment

Jan. 20, 2014- 1/3 of remaining balance

Fourth Payment

Feb. 17, 2014- pay remaining balance

Final Payment – tuition only

May 2014 (billed separately)

All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study abroad program.  The payment due dates are subject to change and will be updated as needed. If payments are not received on or before the due dates, students will be dropped from the program.

What is the refund policy?

If after submitting your application and paying the $500 deposit, you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded.  If Coastal Carolina University finds it necessary to cancel the program, all payments made will be refunded.  Alternates will be chosen from the initial pool of applicants.  If you withdraw from the program and an alternate is willing to take your place, you will receive a full refund.  After February 17 (or if no alternates are available/willing to enroll), the initial deposit ($500) is non-refundable.  Other program fees (less any expended by the time of withdrawal) will be refunded. 

How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

Six credits

MSCI 477: Ecology of Coral Reefs (3 credits)

MSCI 499: Directed Undergraduate Research (3 credits)


Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

Neither of the courses in this program satisfy core curriculum requirements, but they do count for upper level marine science major requirements.

Are there any prerequisites for this study?

Prerequisites include permission of the instructor, successful completion of MSCI 111/111L and MSCI 112/112L, and internationally recognized SCUBA certification (i.e.: NAUI, PADI, SSI etc.). It is strongly recommended that students have also completed MSCI 302/302L. As part of the research portion of this course, students enroll for an additional 3 credit hours of MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research. For exceptional research projects, students are encouraged to adapt their research projects for peer-reviewed publication or inclusion in our collected volume of research, Korallion.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

The Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award is available to assist graduates of accredited high schools to participate in these programs. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO A SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the summer short term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall.  Scholarship applications are due in the Office of International Programs by Nov. 1, 2013. The applications for the scholarship can be accessed here: Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award.

Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. There are not currently required vaccinations for travel to Jamaica, but several are recommended. You MUST have a medical examination (no fee if done through Student Health Services) in order to dive in Jamaica. More details will follow if you are selected fro the program. See also the dive physical form http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dive%20medical.pdf.

  

Vaccination or Disease

  
  

Recommendations or Requirements for
   Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

  

Routine 

Recommended if
  you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella
  (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus
  vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or
  immune globulin (IG)

Recommended
  for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an
  intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where
  exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis
  A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with
  "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food
  consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B 

Recommended
  for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with
  intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map),
  especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual
  contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment
  (e.g., for an accident).

Typhoid 

Recommended
  for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in the Caribbean,
  especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities,
  villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Rabies vaccination is only recommended for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats. These travelers include wildlife professionals, researchers, veterinarians, or adventure travelers visiting areas where bats are commonly found.

Malaria

Areas of Jamaica with Malaria: Rare local cases in Kingston. (more information)

Even if you are visiting an area of Jamaica with malaria (listed above), the risk of malaria is low, and taking an antimalarial drug is not
recommended. However, you should protect yourself from mosquito bites (see below).  To find out more information on malaria throughout the world, you can use the interactive CDC malaria map. You can search or browse countries, cities, and place names for more specific malaria information and the recommended prevention medicines for that area.

Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for more information.

 
What are the physical demands of this program?

Participants should be in good physical condition, must be able to swim and snorkel, and must be able to stay in the water for up to an hour.

Maymester in Jamaica: Ecology of Coral Reefs

For over 25 years, students and faculty from Coastal Carolina University have traveled to the University of the West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (DBML), in Discovery Bay, Jamaica.  Here students learn about and gain firsthand experience with coral reef ecosystems. Students participate in a three credit course,  MSCI  477:  Ecology  of Coral  Reefs,  where  they  learn  about  reef structure, productivity,  and diversity,  and they get to directly observe what they learn while diving on the reefs.  The students also prepare an independent, faculty - supervised research project that fulfills three credits of MSCI 499: Directed Undergraduate Research.  

The students prepare for the trip, which happens in May, by spending time during the spring semester researching and putting together their projects.  Once at DBML, students take part in diving, researching, learning, and enjoying the tropical coral reefs. They meet the natives, learn the culture, and get a real taste of Jamaica. 

Jamaica Maymester Group PhotoJamaica Maymester - students Jamaica Students Underwater

PROGRAM INFORMATION 
Location:Discovery Bay, Jamaica
Program Dates:May 15 - June 1, 2014
Instructor(s):Erin Burge, Ph.D.
Program Fee (not including Tuition):$3,700
Tuition Fee:$350/credit hour 
Courses Offered:

MSCI 477 (Ecology of Coral Reefs) - 3 credits
MSCI 499 (Directed Undergraduate Research in Jamaica) - 3 credits

Prerequisites:

MSCI 477: Permission of the instructor, successful completion of MSCI 111/111L and MSCI 112/112L, and internationally recognized SCUBA certification (i.e.: NAUI, PADI, SSI, etc.). It is strongly recommended that students have also completed MSCI 302/302L. As part of the research portion of this course students, enroll for an additional 3 credit hours of MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research.  

MSCI 499: A contract must be approved by the instructor and the department chair by the time of registration.  

Do any of the course(s) satisfy core curriculum requirements?No 
Is a Passport required?Yes, students must have a valid passport to participate on this program.
Are vaccinations needed to participate?Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.  Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for your destination.

 Jamaica underwater

Course Descriptions

MSCI 477 (Ecology of Coral Reefs): This course is designed to highlight the organization, structure, productivity and biological diversity of the coral reef ecosystem, with special attention to their sensitivity to environmental and anthropogenic disturbances. This course is implemented as a “research travel” opportunity for marine science majors/minors. Prerequisites include permission of the instructor, successful completion of MSCI 111/111L and MSCI 112/112L, and internationally recognized SCUBA certification (i.e.: NAUI, PADI, SSI, etc.). It is strongly recommended that students have also completed MSCI 302/302L. As part of the research portion of this course students enroll for an additional 3 credit hours of MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research. Exceptional research projects may be adapted into honors theses, undergraduate publications or peer-reviewed publications.‌

MSCI 499 (Directed Undergraduate Research in Jamaica): Structured undergraduate research projects conducted with faculty direction and participation, or within the context of an approved off-campus internship. Projects explore marine or related problems using the scientific method. One conference and no less than five laboratory or field research hours per week. Prerequisites: A contract must be approved by the instructor and the department chair by the time of registration.

About the Program Leader

‌‌‌Erin BurgeDr. Erin Burge has been involved with the Jamaica coral reef ecology program since 2007. He has been a certified SCUBA diver since 1988 and completed over200 scientific dives in and around Discovery Bay. His research interests include environmental immunology, molecular physiology, and molecular biology of marine invertebrates and fishes. At Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Burge has participated in projects ranging from using underwater videos to study grouper populations, molecular tools to detect parasites, and evaluating ecological changes on Caribbean coral reefs.  ‌

 

 

Apply Now

Maymester/Short-Term Online Application

Be prepared to supply the following information at the time you apply: 

- Statement of purpose (a Word document or PDF)
- An academic reference
- Copy of your transcript
- A health form and participation fitness certification

For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services
Ms. Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad 
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119

 

2013 FAQs

posted Oct 2, 2012, 1:03 PM by Erin Burge   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 1:19 PM ]

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.  The general application deadline is Nov. 30, 2012, but some programs may be full by this deadline and so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

How do I apply for the program?

Applications for all short term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: https://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad/application/

Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts. Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs. The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

How many slots are available for the 2013 trip?

18-20 slots are available.  There are two alternate spots (one female and one male).

When will I know if I was selected?

Before Christmas, but we hope to have the selections made by Thanksgiving.

What are the criteria for selection?

1. Class rank. Seniors will get priority because they will not have another chance to apply.
2. GPA. The higher the better.  This can be more important than class rank in some circumstances (eg: a Senior with a 2.1 and a Junior with a 3.9 and only one slot left).
3. You have applied before. It might help if you remind us of a previous application.
4. Application date and deposit paid.  The earlier the better.
5. Our "history."  Have we had classes before?  Group cohesion is really important on this trip, and it is important that everyone get along well, and play nice with others.
6. Faculty recommendations.  Dr. Burge does not require one with your application, and the only time it might be desirable to get one is if you've never met him and you think you can only go this year.

Do I have to be SCUBA certified?

No, but what are you going to do the six hours a day we are diving?

Can I do certification dives in Jamaica?

Generally yes, but there are downsides to doing this.
1. There is a fee associated with this payable to the dive instructor.
2. You may have to wait a few days to get it done, meaning that you will potentially miss fun group dives at the beginning of the trip.
3. You will be less experienced.
If at all possible, Dr. Burge highly recommends being SCUBA certified and having completed your checkout dives BEFORE going to Jamaica.

When does this program take place?

This is a Maymester program that is tentatively scheduled for May 12 - 29, 2013. The dates are still fluid, and they won't be firmed up until we actually buy plane tickets. In the last 6 years the earliest we have returned is May 26, and the latest was June 2. The trip is 18 days and we usually leave mid-week after finals.

What is the cost of this study abroad program?

The cost of this program is $3,500 and includes:

  • Lodging and almost all meals abroad
  • Air and local transportation
  • Field trips
  • All dive expenses except gear
  • Trip insurance (optional DAN insurance is recommended)

Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $290 per credit hour (6 credits total).

Maymester tuition bills are due May 9, 2013.

When are payments due for the program?

Deposit

$500 due with application

Second Payment

Dec. 14, 2012 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Third Payment

Jan. 18, 2013- 1/3 of remaining balance

Fourth Payment

Feb. 15, 2013- pay remaining balance

Final Payment – tuition only

May 9, 2013

All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study abroad program.  The payment due dates are fixed.  If payments are not received on or before the due dates, students will be dropped from the program.

What is the refund policy?

If after submitting your application and paying the $500 deposit, you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded.  If Coastal Carolina University finds it necessary to cancel the program, all payments made will be refunded.  Alternates will be chosen from the initial pool of applicants.  If you withdraw from the program and an alternate is willing to take your place, you will recieve a full refund.  After February 1st (or if no alternates are available/willing to enroll), the initial deposit ($500) is non-refundable.  Other program fees (less any expended by the time of withdrawal) will be refunded. 

How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

Six credits

MSCI 477: Ecology of Coral Reefs (3 credits)

MSCI 499: Directed Undergraduate Research (3 credits)


Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

Neither of the courses in this program satisfy core curriculum requirements, but they do count for upper level marine science major requirements.

Are there any prerequisites for this study?

Prerequisites include permission of the instructor, successful completion of MSCI 111/111L and MSCI 112/112L, and internationally recognized SCUBA certification (i.e.: NAUI, PADI, SSI etc.). It is strongly recommended that students have also completed MSCI 302/302L. As part of the research portion of this course, students enroll for an additional 3 credit hours of MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research. For exceptional research projects, students are encouraged to adapt their research projects for peer-reviewed publication or inclusion in our collected volume of research, Korallion.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

The University Honors Program is offering two or three (depending on funds) $1,000.00 grants for students enrolled in a study-abroad experience for which they are, in part or whole, registered for honors credits. If you are an honors student talk to us ASAP about designating MSCI 477 as a Honors class. Students must apply to Dr. Whalen directly for these scholarships. Applications need to make the best case for why you students should receive an HP Grant. Grants will be allocated on the combined basis of merit and first-come, first served, until funds expire. 

The Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award is available to assist graduates of accredited high schools to participate in these programs.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO A SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the summer short term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall.  Scholarship applications are due in the Office of International Programs by Nov. 2, 2012. The applications for the scholarship can be accessed here: Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, 2012-13   .

Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. There are not currently required vaccinations for travel to Jamaica, but several are recommended. You MUST have a medical examination (no fee if done through Student Health Services) in order to dive in Jamaica. More details will follow if you are selected fro the program. See also the dive physical form http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dive%20medical.pdf.

  

Vaccination or Disease

  
  

Recommendations or Requirements for
   Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

  

Routine 

Recommended if
  you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella
  (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus
  vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or
  immune globulin (IG)

Recommended
  for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an
  intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where
  exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis
  A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with
  "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food
  consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B 

Recommended
  for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with
  intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map),
  especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual
  contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment
  (e.g., for an accident).

Typhoid 

Recommended
  for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in the Caribbean,
  especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities,
  villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Rabies vaccination is only recommended for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into
direct contact with bats. These travelers include wildlife professionals, researchers, veterinarians, or adventure travelers visiting areas where bats are commonly found.

Malaria

Areas of Jamaica with Malaria: Rare local cases in Kingston. (more information)

Even if you are visiting an area of Jamaica with malaria (listed above), the risk of malaria is low, and taking an antimalarial drug is not
recommended. However, you should protect yourself from mosquito bites (see below).  To find out more information on malaria throughout the world, you can use the interactive CDC malaria map. You can search or browse countries, cities, and place names for more specific malaria information and the recommended prevention medicines for that area.

Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for more information.

 
What are the physical demands of this program?

Participants should be in good physical condition, must be able to swim and snorkel, and must be able to stay in the water for up to an hour.

2012 FAQ

posted Oct 24, 2011, 12:30 PM by Erin Burge   [ updated Oct 24, 2011, 1:21 PM ]

When is the deadline for application? 
The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. General application deadline is Nov. 30, 2011, but applications received after the Nov. 4, 2011, priority deadline will be assessed an additional $50 charge.

How do I apply for the program? 
Applications for all short term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: www.coastal.edu/international/studyabroad/application. Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, academic reference, personal reference and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts. Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs. The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

When does this program take place? 
This is a Maymester program that tentatively takes place May 12 - 30, 2012. 

What is the cost of this study abroad program? 
The cost of this program is $3,410 and includes: 
 Lodging and almost all meals abroad
 Air and local transportation
 Field trips
 All dive expenses except gear
 Trip insurance
Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $290 per credit hour. Maymester tuition bills are due April 12, 2012.

When are payments due for the program? 
$500 due with application 

How many slots are available for the 2012 trip?
10-12 slots are available. There are two alternate spots (one female and one male). 

When will I know if I was selected?
Before Christmas, but I hope to have the selections made by Thanksgiving.

What are the criteria for selection?
1. Class rank. Seniors will get priority because they will not have another chance to apply.
2. GPA. The higher the better. This can be more important than class rank in some circumstances (eg: a Sr with a 2.1 and a Jr with a 3.9 and only one slot left).
3. You have applied before.
4. Application date and deposit paid. The earlier the better.
5. Our "history." Have we had classes together before? Group cohesion is really important on this trip, and it is important that everyone get along well, and play nice with others. 
6. Faculty recommendations. I do not require one with your application, and the only  time it might be desirable to get one is if we have never met and you think you can only go this year.

If I am not selected will I get my deposit back?
Yes.

If I am selected and then have to drop out, what happens to my program fee?
It depends on when you drop out. If I can replace you (ie: you drop early, before January) you get a full refund, including your deposit. If I don't replace you, you will get a refund for the funds paid in, except for the $500 deposit, and except any other expenditures already paid for. If I buy a plane ticket in your name -- you don't get a refund. Understand?

Do I have to be SCUBA certified?
No, but what are you going to do the 6 hours a day we are diving. 

Can I do certification dives in Jamaica?
Generally yes, but there are downsides to doing this. 
1. There is a fee associated with this payable to the dive instructor.
2. You may have to wait a few days to get it done, meaning that you will potentially miss fun group dives at the beginning of the trip.
3. You will be less experienced.
If at all possible I highly recommend being SCUBA certified and having completed your checkout dives BEFORE we go to Jamaica.

When are payments due?
1st Payment-At application, Nov. 4, 2011-$500
2nd Payment-Dec. 15, 2011-1/3 of remaining balance
3rd Payment-Jan. 16, 2012-1/3 of remaining balance
4th Payment-Feb. 15, 2012-remaining balance

Final payment – Tuition only April 12, 2012
All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study broad program.

How many credit hours can I complete during this program?
Six credits
MSCI 477 Ecology of Coral Reefs (3 credits)
MSCI 499 Directed Undergraduate Research (3 credits)

Does this program satisfy core curriculum requirements?
No. This program does not currently satisfy core curriculum requirements, but it does count for upper level marine science major requirements.

Are there any prerequisites for this experience?
Prerequisites include permission of the instructor, successful completion of MSCI 111/111L and MSCI 112/112L, and internationally recognized SCUBA certification (i.e.: NAUI, PADI, SSI etc.). It is strongly recommended that students have also completed MSCI 302/302L. As part of the research portion of this course, students enroll for an additional 3 credit hours of MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research. For exceptional research projects, students are encouraged to adapt their research projects for peer-reviewed publication.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?
Graduates of Horry County high schools are encouraged to apply for the Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award (up to $2,000 per award available). To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the summer short term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall. To meet the priority application deadline and for scholarship consideration, send the completed program application online and the printout and submit the scholarship application to the Office of International Programs by Nov. 4, 2011. The application for the Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award can be accessed here.

What are the physical demands of this program? 
Participants should be in good physical condition, must be able to swim and snorkel, and must be able to stay in the water for up to an hour. 

Do I need vaccinations to participate?
Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. There are not currently required vaccinations for travel to Jamaica, but several are recommended. You MUST have a medical examination (no fee if done through Student Health Services) in order to dive in Jamaica. More details will follwo if you are selected fro the program. See also the dive physical form http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dive%20medical.pdf.
Vaccination or DiseaseRecommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Routine 

Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)

Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B 

Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).

Typhoid Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in the Caribbean, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Rabies vaccination is only recommended for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats. These travelers include wildlife professionals, researchers, veterinarians, or adventure travelers visiting areas where bats are commonly found.

Malaria

Areas of Jamaica with Malaria: Rare local cases in Kingston. (more information)

Even if you are visiting an area of Jamaica with malaria (listed above), the risk of malaria is low, and taking an antimalarial drug is not recommended. However, you should protect yourself from mosquito bites (see below).

To find out more information on malaria throughout the world, you can use the interactive CDC malaria map. You can search or browse countries, cities, and place names for more specific malaria information and the recommended prevention medicines for that area.


Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for more information.
Green moray.


Lionfish and prey, blue chromis

2011 Maymester in Jamaica Flight Details

posted Apr 9, 2011, 11:00 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Apr 9, 2011, 11:02 AM ]

Flight itinerary:
 
DEPARTURE Tuesday, May 10, 2011 
Spirit Airlines # 103 Myrtle Beach AFB (MYR) to Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) 
Departure (MYR): May 10, 8:13 AM EDT (morning) 
Arrival (FLL): May 10, 9:51 AM EDT (morning) 
Spirit Airlines # 809 Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) to Montego Bay Sangster Intl (MBJ) 
Departure (FLL): May 10, 2:31 PM EDT (afternoon) 
Arrival (MBJ): May 10, 3:14 PM EST (afternoon) 

RETURN Saturday, May 28, 2011 
Air Jamaica # 35 Montego Bay Sangster Intl (MBJ) to Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) 
Departure (MBJ): May 28, 10:15 AM EST (morning) 
Arrival (FLL): May 28, 12:55 PM EDT (afternoon) 
US Airways # 1704 Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) to Charlotte Douglas (CLT) 
Departure (FLL): May 28, 7:05 PM EDT (evening) 
Arrival (CLT): May 28, 9:05 PM EDT (evening) 
US Airways # 3319 Operated by: US AIRWAYS EXPRESS REPUBLIC AIRLINES - Charlotte Douglas (CLT) to Myrtle Beach AFB (MYR) 
Departure (CLT): May 28, 10:25 PM EDT (evening) 
Arrival (MYR): May 28, 11:22 PM EDT (evening)

2011 Trip Application Details

posted Oct 1, 2010, 8:20 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Jan 30, 2011, 6:28 AM ]



More details including cost are now available on the Coastal International Programs website.
The application link is here.  We are not requiring personal or faculty references for this trip, but if you have never taken a class with Dr. Burge or Dr. Koepfler it might be a good idea to supply them anyway.

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for application to this program is Friday, November 5, 2010.

When does this program take place?

This program takes place from May 12-30, 2011.

What is the cost of this study abroad program?

This program's cost is $3,350, which includes:

  • 17 nights of lodging abroad
  • All meals
  • International air and local transportation
  • Field trips
  • Travel insurance

Students must enroll in  MSCI 477: Ecology of Coral Reefs and MSCI 499: Directed Undergraduate Research. Tuition per 3 credit-hour course will be $810 ($1620 total).

When are payments due for the program?

Deposit $500 due with application
1st Payment Dec 10, 2010- 1/3 of remaining balance
2nd Payment Jan 10, 2011- 1/3 of remaining balance
3rd Payment Feb 10, 2011- Remaining balance

How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

The expedition provides an upper level lecture course (3 credits) and a research project (3 credits) that can also be a senior thesis. The course offered is MSCI 477: Ecology of Coral Reefs, a three credit hour course. The research course is MSCI 499: Directed Undergraduate Research (3 credits).

Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

This program does not currently satisfy core curriculum requirements.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

Graduates of Horry County high schools are encouraged to apply for the Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award ($1,000 - $2,000 per award available). To determine whether you have availability for other financial aid during this study period, please see your Financial Aid Counselor in Kingston Hall.

Are there any prerequisites for this study?

The prerequisite for each of these courses is instructor approval.

Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Please visit the website (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/) for information regarding your particular destination.

What are the physical demands of this program?

It is highly recommended that students be SCUBA certified. Basic or open-water certification is sufficient. Students should be able to safely work on and in the water, be capable of lifting and carrying full SCUBA equipment and assisting with boat anchoring, and be able to hike 1-2 miles in the mountains in tropical heat.




2010 Trip Details

posted Aug 20, 2010, 10:07 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Aug 26, 2010, 9:14 AM ]

1) Tentative Dates: May 12th – 30th; subject to change +/- 2 days depending on planes

2) Approximate cost $3400 + tuition ($250/cr); subject to change +/- $100

3) Costs include 
a. transportation (roundtrip flights to/from MYR, ground transport, all boat trips)
b. lodging (DBML dorms)
c. food (local fare mostly on-site; some meals in town)
d. all diving (25-30/student)
e. supplies & equipment
f. field trips (Dunn’s River, Bioluminescent Bay, Rio Bueno, etc.)

4) Costs do not include food, beverages or souvenirs purchased in town.  We will also eat a few meals away that you will be responsible for.

5) Courses 
a. MSCI 477 Ecology of Coral Reefs. (3 credits) (=Biology 477) (Prereq: Permission of instructor) Principles of organization, structure, productivity and biological diversity of the coral reef ecosystem, with emphasis on their sensitivity and stability. Three lecture hours per week plus a two-week field experience on a tropical coral reef.
b. MSCI 499 Directed Undergraduate Research. (3 credits) (Prereq: A contract must be approved by the instructor and the department chair by the time of registration.) Structured undergraduate research projects conducted with faculty direction and participation, or within the context of an approved off-campus internship. Projects explore marine or related problems using the scientific method. One conference and no less than five laboratory or field research hours per week.

6) Does not require SCUBA certification but it is HIGHLY recommended.
a. Opportunities for certification dives at the discretion of the DSO

7) Requires a Passport 

8) Requires Repatriation Insurance (included in costs, DAN can be substituted)

9) Requires a Dive Physical (free at the Student Health Center; or your personal doctor)

10) Requires a Research Prospectus before leaving (Graded component)
a. Introduction
b. Experimental Design & Hypotheses
c. Methodology Section
d. Literature Cited

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