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CofC in Hong Kong and Bali, Indonesia 2018: Biology

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Program Starts: May 14, 2018
Program Ends: Jun 04, 2018
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,912
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Program Locations:

China Hong Kong
Indonesia Bali
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Round-trip airfare
- Lodging
- Meals
- Ground transportation
- Entrances into sites
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition for four credits and associated fees
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses, such as souvenirs, phone calls, snacks, etc.
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships
Program Description


Students are enrolled in one of the following courses:
BIOL 250: Introduction to Tropical Ecology (for non-majors) - 4 credits
BIOL 453: Introduction to Tropical Ecology (for majors) - 4 credits


This study abroad program is designed to introduce students to the natural and human ecology of the tropics. It will be based around a three week experience in Bali, Indonesia with a stopover in Hong Kong. Instruction will be provided through lectures before and during travel, readings, class discussions on selected topics, and natural history combined with closely supervised field projects. It will follow the general format of OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies) field courses in Costa Rica in which an emphasis is placed on learning through field experiences. This course is limited to 12 students due to the complex travel and logistics of Bali.

The travel portion of the class will begin with a flight to the other side of the world: Hong Kong. There we will visit the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and other sights before continuing to the island of Bali.

On Bali, we will study a variety of habitats ranging from cities, agricultural areas, mountain and monsoon forests, and coral reefs. We will employ the services of experienced guides who know the areas very well. For most of our time on Bali we will be staying at the Scientific Education & Research Centre (SERC) in Menjangan Jungle & Beach Resort (MJBR), situated within Bali Barat National Forest. The day will begin early, near sunrise, with daily field trips to areas of special interest, evening lectures as well as nighttime and aquatic excursions.

The goals of this course are to:
1) Introduce students to the major tropical ecosystems: rainforests, cloud and monsoon forests, mangroves, and coral reefs;
2) Explore the complex and distinctive natural features of tropical communities and to become familiar with ecological processes as they apply to tropical ecosystems;
3) Witness the nature of human impacts and management in such systems to gain an appreciation for conservation biology;
4) Learn how to make field observations and carry out sampling and field experiments; and
5) Develop a better understanding of the concept of ecological sustainability.

Some immunizations are recommended prior to departure:
-MMR vaccine and DPT if not up-to-date
-Hepatitus A, Typhoid, and possibly malaria prevention

Participants will be expected to hike, swim and snorkel, walk long distances, and travel long distances on airplanes. Proficiency in snorkeling must be demonstrated before program departure by SCUBA certification or PADI snorkeling class certificate.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport


Dr. Phillip Dustan
Department of Biology

Dr. Dustan, Professor of Biology, has extensive experience in tropical marine, aquatic, and terrestrial habitats. He was the principal scientist for The Cousteau Society Amazon Expedition which explored the entire length of the Amazon River ecosystem between 1982-1984 and has been involved with tropical conservation issues in addition to his coral reef ecology research throughout his professional career. He has taught this course in May-June, 2012-2017. He is active with non-governmental organizations such as Friends of the Earth and The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Biosphere Foundation (BF), and Trees to Seas (501c3).

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact Dr. Dustan. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

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Size: 9596961 km2
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