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Summer in The Bahamas

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    About the Program

    *This program is suspended for Winter 2024, but will be offered this year for the Summer Session 1.

    Stony Brook University offers students the opportunity to study in The Bahamas. Students will travel to South Eleuthera, where they will gain field and laboratory experience through assisting research efforts in marine ecology and sustainability. The class will travel the length of the island to learn more about the Bahamian culture and explore some of the island’s famous landmarks (Glass Window Bridge, Hatchet Bay Caves, and the Banyan tree). While in The Bahamas, students will be exposed to emerging issues facing tropical and sub-tropical marine ecosystems through working with local researchers and reading scientific papers. They will give a scientific presentation on any topic related to these issues before writing a follow-up paper upon returning to the US. 

    Location Eleuthera, Bahamas
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates May 27, 2024 - June 7, 2024
    Language of Instruction
    Budget View Budget
    Living Arrangements Dormitory style
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 3.0
    Application Deadline March 1
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    *3 graduate credits required

    All participants will take a total of 3 credits (1 course)

    Course: MAR 532 Marine Protected Areas

    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are parts of the ocean that are zoned to exclude activities that are potentially detrimental to the ecosystem. Marine reserves are special types of MPAs in which the harvesting of marine wildlife is prohibited. MPAs are rapidly gaining traction worldwide as a tool to preserve or restore ecosystems, protected endangered species, or sustain nearby commercial and recreational fisheries. This course is designed to provide students with a robust background in science behind the design, implementation, and expected outcomes of establishing MPAs.


    Academic Policies

    • Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.
    • Students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) may request for GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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