Spring + Spring Break
Minimum 2.75 GPA; must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students must have consent of the program director(s).
The Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center sponsor a 9–day Spring Break course in Belize designed to provide students with an international experience as it relates to entrepreneurship.
Students will develop an understanding of entrepreneurship in an international context through class discussions, working with on-site partners, and experiential learning field trips. Students will also have time to explore historic and cultural attractions and experience the culturally rich and diverse atmosphere that Belize has to offer.
The course is recommended for both seasoned travelers and those who have not previously traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.
What does it take to do business with another country? This course will examine international business strategies, foreign exchange, tariffs and trade, and the economic conditions and culture of Belize. Students will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at international businesses in operation as well as lectures from in-country experts. Students will utilize all of their skills and knowledge as they examine business strategies and operations for successful sustainable growth in foreign countries.
The 2 s.h. course will meet on campus during the spring semester. The portion of the course that will occur abroad during spring break will be a separate 1 s.h. course. Students must register for both the on-campus course (ENTR:4100) during the Spring Semester as well as the ABRD:3353:0001 course during Spring Break. The ABRD course number will be converted to ENTR:4100 upon completion of the program.
Spring 2020: TBD
Monday, September 30 // 12:30-1:30 C150PBB
Thursday, October 3 // 2:00-3:00 C150 PBB
Tuesday, October 8 // 3:00-4:00 S106PBB
Professor Bob Walker
Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Belize is located in Central America. Belize shares a border with Mexico to its north, Guatemala to its south and west, and the Caribbean Sea to its east. Though Belize is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, Belizean Creole and Spanish are also commonly spoken. The climate in Belize is tropical; the hot and humid rainy season is from May – November and the dry season is from February – May. The interior of Belize has low mountains, hills, and jungles. Because of Belize’s tropical climate and biodiversity, it boasts a vast and distinctive ecosystem.
There are many attractions in Belize that visitors can take part in, including a barrier reef where people can snorkel and scuba dive, archaeological sites, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking, caving, and other warm-weather outdoor activities. Common modes of transportation include water taxis, 4x4s, and public buses.
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Students are housed in bunk-style shared housing accommodations. On the last night of the program, students will be housed in a hotel.
Students will work with the Faculty Director and Study Abroad to arrange their travel. Advice, recommendations and information will be provided by the program coordinators. Students are advised to travel as a group, with the Faculty Director, to the destination, though this is not required.
Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. Students will be informed in a timely manner whether there is sufficient interest to offer the program. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at a later time.
Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad.
Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Iowa City Post Office on US-6 Street or at the U.S. State Department web site.
Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter Belize. You can check on the Belizian Border Agency's web site to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter Belize, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.
To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.
The CDC recommends that all travelers to Belize are up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. They also strongly recommend that travelers get the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines, as there is a risk of of these diseases in the country. The website for the CDC also lists other vaccinations that are recommended, but not required. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions about the vaccines that are required for travel to Belize.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. A minimum 2.75 GPA and consent of the program director is required for acceptance.
Spring 2020 Cost: TBDThe program fee will include housing, meals, cultural programs, and local transportation to and from the airport.
Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance detailed at the following link: Health Insurance Information.
Estimated out of pocket expenses (including airfare and personal expenses): TBD.
Applications Open: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
The application form is available by clicking on the following link: Application
UI students who apply will be U-billed a $50 application fee. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline.
Enrollment must meet a minimum number of students in order for the course to be offered.
Confirmation materials will be posted after the Application Deadline has passed.
The following information should be read and kept for your records: