Belize: San Ignacio Semester

Program Overview

Belize, often called "Mother Nature's best kept secret", is a tropical paradise. It is the only English speaking country in Central America. It is a stable democracy of about a quarter of a million people. Belize borders Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula to the north, Guatamala to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Along the 300 miles of Caribbean coastline lays the second longest barrier reef in the world. Belize is a country of many caves, cayes (small islands), inland tropical forests, pristine rivers, and ancient Maya temples and sacred caves. The rich culture of Belize reflects the diversity of the peoples who call Belize home: Maya, Creole, European, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese and Mennonite.

Galen University is two hours from the coast, in the beautiful Mayan highlands of the Cayo Distrct. The campus is six miles from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the largest municipality in the Cayo District with a population of about 40,000.


Galen University
Academic Profile

Galen University in San Ignacio

Galen University offers students a wide range of programs including:  Anthropology, Archaeology, Business Administration, Environmental Science, Economics, International Business, Marketing, and Accounting.  (The above programs (except Accounting) are dual credits and degrees with UIndy).

Anthropology & Achaeology - students have the opportunity to focus on anthropology and achaeology for a semester.  Belize is situated within the area of the Maya lowlands, the region occupied by the Classic Maya, making this area a 'living' laboratory.  When possible, visits are made to nearby sites in order to add context to the classroom lectures.

Environmental Science - Belize has one of the best and largest Barrier Reefs in the world.  Their beaches, riveres, and rainforests are areas of great environmental interest and importance.  Belize is a rich, living laboratory for the study of the environment, and all the factors which influence it.

Course Offerings

For current course information, visit: Galen University course listings.

For course descriptions, visit:  Galen University course descriptions

Scroll down to the department your course is offered, click on that department and then find your course.

Academic Highlights

Feel you need to get in touch with nature? Interested in sustainable development? Want to have first hand experience when learning about a new culture? Then this semester abroad program in Belize is for you! Build an exciting course load from such courses as Introduction to Sustainable Development, Cultural Anthropology, Social Issues in a Developing Country, Plants and Society: Introduction to Botany, and Caribbean Literature. Study at our lush tropical campus for a summer, semester or a year. Our exciting learning environment will change and support you to do your best and ensure you always excel, in learning and life.

Galen University Offers:
  • Lush tropical campus
  • Mayan ruins and cities
  • Jungle: canoeing, hiking, bird watching
  • 90 minutes from the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world
  • Bilingual community: Opportunity to practice Spanish
  • International faculty and student body
  • Internet access


Galen University Student Life
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

An on-site orientation is held the day after arrival, which includes an info session, registration, a tour of the town and a Mayan site visit.  San Ignacio has a large farmers market and a wide variety of restaurants and food stores.

Belize is a country of adventure and activity. When your studies permit, you can choose from an amazing number of activities, such as:

  • Diving or snorkeling along the spectacular barrier reef
  • Canoeing, kayaking or tubing on the rivers or through the caves
  • Climbing ancient Mayan temples and exploring the ruins
  • Trekking through tropical rain forests
  • Exploring caves filled with stalagmites, stalagtites, and Mayan artifacts
  • Learning about the local fauna at the Belize zoo
  • Visiting wildlife reserves such as the only Jaguar sanctuary in the world, the endagered Manatees, the Tapirs in their natural habitat, the Primate sanctuary where you can observe howler and spider monkeys.
  • Swimming under the waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge
  • Enjoying the magic of the Belize Botanical Gardens or Godoy's Orchid Garden
  • Seeing dozens of types of butterflies at the Tropical Wings butterfly house, or Chaa Creek Blue Morpho Butterfly Breeding Centre
  • Pampering yourself at one of the many spas and resorts which range from budget to exclusive

Note: If you are interested in summer study abroad in Belize, see the list of summer program options.


Students are housed in a locally-owned family run resort, double occupancy, breakfast included. 

Lunch is available at the University at a minimal cost.  Students are responsible for dinner on their own.

The Log Cab-Inns

Alumni Feedback

"Studying abroad was the best decision I made. The small school and small town of San Ignacio make it easy to get to know the local culture."
-Cindy McCreary

"After I became acclimated to my surroundings, it was hard to leave. I had a wonderful time!"
-Andrea Buchler

"The best thing to do would be to buy a one-way ticket to Belize, and set aside extra money till the end of the program. There are plenty of travel opportunities throughout Central America, and you may find you like the relaxed atmosphere and friendly people so much you will never want to leave! Keep your options open for new adventures!"
-Steven Seitz

"It's (Belize) definitely an awesome place. The Log CabInns are nice and the (Galen) staff is really great and accommodating. We are having a wonderful time!"
-Nicki Morgan


Belize Study Abroad Program Details
Belize Semester Program Details


Anticipated Dates:
Fall: Early September - Mid December
Spring: Early January - Late April

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: End of May
Spring: End of November

Eligibility Requirements

2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale; sophomore through graduate standing; official transcript; two letters of recommendation; statement of purpose; 2 photos - passport sized



Academic Levels



CCIS Member: $9,315

Non-CCIS Member: $10,065

Costs Included

Tuition, fees, visa fee, housing (double occupancy), local transportation, orientation and insurance (issued through Sponsor via CISI).

Costs Not Included

Meals ($1,120), books ($500), airfare ($1,000), personal costs ($2,750), and optional excursions/field trips ($100 - $1,000).

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia San Ignacio, Belize


Apply Here
Your Belize Adventure Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Study Abroad Office

University of Indianapolis

1400 E Hanna Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46277

(317) 788-3394

Fax (317) 788-3383

Breezy Anne Wente
Study Abroad Advisor

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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Two photos (passport sized)


CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.