This program offered by the College of Health and Humans Sciences, is a global opportunity for students to experience firsthand the growing importance of international health and is open to anyone with an interest in this area. Students will have an opportunity to provide healthcare services and education to a local village as well as learn about the health care issues in Belize.
The goals of this course include:
Provide health services to a local village.
Gain insight to the culture of Belize through host families
Glimpse into the Garifuna culture
Learn about natural healing and Herbal medicine used in Belize
Participants will reside in hotel and host family residences in rooms with single or twin beds and will be provided breakfast and dinner meals daily throughout the period of residency. Lunch meals will be decided on as a group.
APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT: Click to begin the online application process.The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program. Please note that at the time of application, Non- NIU applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.
$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT: A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants. The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit. Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost. The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the deadline.
NIU Students - The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar account. (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students).
Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200. More detailed instructions can be found on the application website mentioned above.
IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received). The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit. In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application. After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.
MANDATORY PRE-ADMISSION INTERVIEW: Prior to acceptance to the program, all applicants will be required to schedule an interview with Dr. Jeanne Isabel in her office in Dusable 163. Upon completion of the interview, Dr. Isabel will notify the Study Abroad Office that this requirement has been met.
The program is open to students who meet the NIU general admission requirements. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application. Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs. Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records. Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO). Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant. Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office. (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.) Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School. For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript. However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned. This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program. (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)
NIU PROGRAM COST: The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
1) Hotel accommodations and some meals while the group is in Belize.
2) Program-related land transportation in Belize.
3) Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule.
4) NIU tuition for undergraduate or graduate credit.
5) NIU major medical insurance.
6) International Student I.D. Card
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program. Please note that the following four charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
Study Abroad Program Charge
NIU Student Medical Insurance
NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS: Several costs are not included in the program cost that is cited above. Other expenses that will be incurred by the participants include:
• Round-trip airfare
• Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including passport photos)
• $40 Undergraduate application fee (Non-NIU undergraduate students only)
• Lunch and meals during free time pursuits
• Entrance fees for free-time pursuits
• Purchases of a personal nature
The amount of spending money recommended by past participants ranges from $25-$50 per day, depending on an individual’s spending habits.
FINANCIAL AID: As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or email@example.com for more information.
There is some scholarship money that can be applied to interested participants. A letter of request and interview must be arranged with the Professor Jeanne, Isabel, Program Director, prior to applying for the program.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM: Applicants withdrawing from the program after March 10, 2017 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.
Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated or paid to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf. This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after March 10, 2017 for medical reasons, funds obligated or paid on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Belize, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program. If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Belize, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
PASSPORT: All participants are required to possess a valid passport by March 10, 2017. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program. Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.