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  • Locations: Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English GPA: 2.5
Housing Option: Student Residence Hall Academic Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
College: Arts & Sciences Areas of Study: Marine Biology
Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program Programs by Department: Biological Sciences
Applicants: BGSU and Non-BGSU students may apply Program Director: Matthew Partin
Program Description:


This course explores the reefs, biology, and culture of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. In addition to discussions with scientists at the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI), students may have opportunities to interact with various scientists at the Sea Aquarium (The Smithsonian Institution, Deep Reef Observation Program (DROP), Sea Turtle Conservation Program, Sexual Coral Reef Reproduction (SECORE), National Cancer Research Institution, Curaçao Dolphin Therapy & Research Centre (CDTC), Dolphin Academy, Coral Restoration Foundation, etc. There will also be daily SCUBA and snorkeling opportunities conducting reef surveys. Cultural visits will include trips to local landmarks and museums in Willemstad (capital) and around the island.

It is recommended that students have some experience swimming and very strong background in biology.

The base for most activities will be the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) and the Sea Aquarium . Students will interact with "Sexual Coral Reef Reproduction" (SECORE) scientists at both locations and receive hands-on demonstrations of their research. Both locations have lab space and equipment we can use. Students will receive a one-day seminar on dolphin biology, take a "behind the scenes" look at the aquarium operations, conduct a few reef surveys (snorkeling), conduct field sampling in various locations, and take a Kayak trip to observe and discuss both bioluminescence and mangrove swamps. There will be trips to museums and important geologic structures to talk with park rangers and docents, and students will participate in a service project.


Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles is a Dutch Caribbean island known for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life. 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.  

Dormatories at Caribbean Marine Biological Institute (CARMABI)

BIOL 4750: Marine & Aquatic Sciences Field Trip - Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (1cr)

A "field experience" is required by all students seeking a "Specialization in Marine & Aquatic Biology"

Students will also receive dolphin trainer training at the dolphin academy in Curaçao.

BGSU students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the winter session program. Students should consult with a Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible for specific details about aid eligibility. 
For specific financial aid questions please contact:
To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Ryan Czech


Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office*
BGSU Tuition & Fees BGSU Tuition and Fees can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State)
Program Fee $1,387
International Health Insurance $1.46 per day of program
Education Abroad Fee $50
*Fees listed are subject to change at any time
**We will follow university payment/refund policies and schedules
***Students will be responsible for paying for tuition for the course in addition to the program fee

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
International Airfare $1200
Passport $135
Personal Expenses $200
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! ​


Dr. Matthew L. Partin
Department of Biological Sciences
217 Life Sciences

Education Abroad, International Programs & Partnerships
301 University Hall