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Health Studies in Belize
Belize, Belize (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer
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Area of Study: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, Health Education, Public Health Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Home Stay, Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

Global Health Studies

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Faculty Director:
Professor Jeanne Isabel


Program Overview

This study abroad program is intended for NIU students in undergraduate or graduate studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Students from other colleges are welcome to apply. This program fulfills the growing importance of student awareness of international health and is open to anyone with an interest in health careers. Students will have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the health care system in Belize and health issues related to this country.

The goals of this course include:
1.    An examination of the health care system in Belize
2.    Insight to the culture of Belize through host families
3.    Glimpse into  the Garifuna language and culture
4.    Interaction with natural healing and Herbalists
5.    Connection with students from the University of Belize
6.    Interdisciplinary networking of students from HHS programs.

The program will officially begin on April 17, 2015 at NIU with introductory sessions preparing the participants for travel to Belize and familiarizing them with cultural issues, the health care system, and format of the program.  Prior to the first meeting of the group, email communication to finalize the group of students participating will take place. The overseas component of the program will officially begin with departure from U.S. on Sunday, June 14, 2015 and will end on Sunday, June 28, 2015. 

For a complete PDF of the program, please click: Health Studies in Belize

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Course Offerings


AHCD 498  Tutorial in Allied Health and Communicative Disorders  3 semester hours

Description:   Directed individual study and research in special areas of allied health and communicative disorders. Speech Language Pathology/Audiology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Pre-physical Therapy majors may repeat to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Rehabilitation Services majors and Deafness Rehabilitation minors may repeat to a maximum of 9 semester hours with advisor approval. Available for concurrent enrollment. S/U grading may be used.

Pre-requisite:  Consent of school.
For non-NIU students, applications will be reviewed by the Department Chair.



AHCD 698  Directed Individual Study      3 semester hours

Description:   Independent pursuit of advanced problems in communicative disorders of special concern to qualified graduate students. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 semester hours, but only 6 semester hours may be applied to the master’s degree in communicative disorders. S/U grading may be used.

Pre-requisite:  Consent of school.

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Student Life

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.

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:  Click Health Studies in Belize or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at (and search for “Belize” or the Health Studies in Belize program) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or
$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. 


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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.)

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Program Fees

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


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 $50-$150 per day, depending on an individual’s spending habits.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program March 13, 2015 will not be refunded the $200 application fee/program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated 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 13, 2015 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1) 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
2) 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.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this seminar. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.

Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately.

Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in England and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

A visa is not required for Belize.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.