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International Entrepreneurship and Culture

Fast Facts

Session:

Spring + Spring Break

Location:

Belize

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Minimum 2.75 GPA; must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students must have consent of the program director(s).

Application Due:

Nov 8

International Entrepreneurship & Culture in Belize

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Institute for International Business 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.

Additionally, a second section of the course is being offered for Education students in Spring 2020.

Academic Content

ABRD 3353:0001 International Entrepreneurship & Culture: Belize

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.

Prerequisite: ENTR:2000

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.

ABRD 3353:0003 Special Topics in Education: Belize

This section of the Belize Spring Break course is an experiential course designed for Education majors to teach reading and math to elementary students who speak English, Kriol, Mayan, and Spanish in San Pedro, Belize. Class meets weekly during Spring Semester 2020 to review bilingual teaching strategies and to learn education policy, history, and culture before the trip to Belize.

Program Dates for Spring 2020

Spring Semester course:
Mondays 5:30pm -8:40pm

Spring Break course (tentative dates):
Friday, March 13 - Saturday, March 21

Information Sessions

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

For More Information

Professor Bob Walker
Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
University of Iowa
bob-walker@uiowa.edu

Professor Liz Hollingworth
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
University of Iowa
liz-hollingworth@uiowa.edu

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
319-335-0353

Belize

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.

US Department of State Country Information

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.

Accommodation

Students are housed in bunk-style shared housing accommodations. On the last night of the program, students will be housed in a hotel.

Travel Arrangements

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.

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.

Important notice for U.S. students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire before September 2020:

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.

A special note to international students:

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.

Vaccination Information

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.

Eligibility

A minimum 2.75 GPA and consent of the Program Director. Prerequisite for Section :0001 (Business): ENTR:2000
All participants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa.

Application

Application Deadline: Friday, October 18 // EXTENDED to: Friday, November 8, 2019

Online Application: Study Abroad Application

Students who submit an application 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. If you do not have a valid passport, please select the box 'Applying for Passport' and either apply for or renew your passport immediately.

Anticipated Timeline:
Acceptance emails will be sent to students by Thursday, November 14.
Accepted students will have until Monday, December 2 at 5pm to submit their Confirmation of Participation form to Study Abroad.

Cost

For Spring Break 2020, the total billed program fee is $2738.

Included in program fees (billed to participants' u-bills after registration):

  • academic instruction
  • 1 semester hour of credit
  • international travel insurance
  • accommodation
  • all meals
  • onsite transportation upon arrival in Belize
  • cultural activities
  • roundtable discussions with community members
  • community projects
  • farewell dinner
  • 24/7 staff support

Information about the mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Insurance information included in the program fee is here.

Not included in program fees (additional out-of-pocket expenses):

  • round-trip airfare
  • airport taxes
  • personal expenses
  • passport or visa fees
  • pre-departure medical checks

Spring 2020 Cost Sheets

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These documents outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and is used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

Financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the program cost. More information is available at: http://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad/funding

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. If for any reason you withdraw after the Confirmation Deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.


Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

Confirmation Materials for Spring Break 2020

Next Steps:

  • Review cost information* - see the Application tab and PDFCost Sheet - Entrepreneurship or PDFCost Sheet - Education
    *The charges that will appear on your Ubill after registration will be the Course Fee ($2,271), Study Abroad Fee ($457), and CISI Insurance fee ($10). The other costs listed on the cost sheet are estimated out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Sign and submit the PDFConfirmation of Participation form and return to Study Abroad. Confirmation Deadline: Monday, December 2 at 5pm

You should also:

Flights

Students will receive instructions for booking flights after Confirmation Deadline. A suggested group flight will be shared with the group and students will make their own arrangements. Those who do not have extensive travel experience are encouraged to book the suggested group flight.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We'll address many of the issues related to health and safety during orientation sessions, but until then, our general advice is to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have before going abroad. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website for Greece-specific health information and visit your doctor or the Travel Nurse at Student Health for any vaccinations you might need.

Orientation

In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for and confirming a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation dedaline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%