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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Option: Hotel
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, City and Regional Planning, Culture, Environment and Natural Resources, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, International Studies, Landscape Architecture, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: City and Regional Planning
Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Service-Learning Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
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This program runs every other year and will be offered again for Spring break 2020.​

Program Belize Intl Dev tab 1

This program seeks to combine community service with academic reflection while addressing real issues to gain a sense of 'socially responsible knowledge,' and offers a unique opportunity to study in a developing global south nation in contrast to more common discussions on western, Euro-centric planning practices.

The service-learning component is critical as it provides students with the invaluable opportunity to practice in-class techniques in problem solving, and affords students to serve fellow human beings. 

By participating in this program, students will have experience with:
  • community-defined project work
  • sustainable development
  • discipline-appropriate research methodology
We achieve these goals through a variety of course work, including team projects, students' collaborative research, and analysis and comparison of theoretical frameworks appropriate for working in developing countries.


The program will primarily take place in Belize City, Belize which is the largest city in Belize with a population of approximately 57,000 people. Belize City was also once the capital of former British Honduras, which Belize was once named. Belize City's diverse culture is comparable to other large cities throughout the Caribbean, including St. George's, Granada, or Georgetown in Guyana. 


Students will be housed in shared rooms in hotels. More information forthcoming.

Resident Directors

Dr. Kareem Usher
Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture 

Ohio State Program Contact

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit Belize Intl Dev tab 2

Admitted participates, both undergraduate and graduate students, are required to register in three credit hours of CRPLAN 5798 for Spring semester.

This program is open to all majors. Although the course is born in topics of city and regional planning, the projects may be as varied as the disciplines represented. Throughout spring term, students will learn about the culture, history and present development challenges in Belize while working in collaborative teams on projects. Two main criteria for the projects are that they must serve the community and students must be reflective of their service experience during the course.



Application Requirement Belize Intl Dev tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, it is recommended students have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. This program is open to all majors, preference given to third and fourth year students, and graduate students, however first and second year students may apply. Interviews may be required as part of the application process.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Belize Intl Dev tab 4

The figures provided are from 2018.  The estimated costs for 2020 will be announced summer 2019. Please note that the 2020 costs will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates and other variables.

Students will be responsible for paying the Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,806 program fee. The program fee includes round-trip international airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, program excursions, some meals, and international supplemental health insurance. It does not cover some meals, passport costs, immunizations, and personal expenses.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $3,806 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change).

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the application is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy for more information. 


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions Belize Intl Dev tab 5

  • TBD


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

The most unique thing about this program is that our Professor, Dr. Kareem Usher is from Belize. This was unique because he was able to give us helpful insight on what to expect before traveling to his home country. 
     — Spring Break, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.