Are you ready for an adventure? Experience Peru in summer 2013 with TU Professor Harald Beck. This program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to conduct ecological research in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest in Peru. Participants will spend time in the city of Cusco and visit different major tropical ecosystems to study their abiotic, biotic, and ecological settings. After a 3-day boat trip on the Manu River, students will arrive at the remote Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Manu National Park - one of the largest and most pristine rainforest reserves in the world.
At the site, students will carry out their independent research projects in teams including data collection, statistical analyses, and writing a journal style manuscript. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with other researchers from national and international research institutions while staying at the field station. Through lectures, seminars, and hikes, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of tropical ecology and be exposed to the Peruvian culture and people.
Program highlights include a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu, a bus trip across the Andes mountain range, and numerous hikes and night-walks to explore the different local tropical habitats. Accommodation includes hotels, lodges (including Pantiacolla Lodge), and tent camping in the rainforest.
Program Director:Dr. Harald Beck - Towson University Dept. of Biological Sciences.
Course: BIOL 447/547: Tropical Field Ecology in Peru (4 credits). Students may fulfill units toward their Latin American Studies elective requirements in consultation with the Latin American Studies program director prior to departure.
TU students may receive Honors credit for their study abroad experience.
Cost: *$4,850 includes academic credit, housing, health insurance, excursions, most meals, and international airfare. Additional costs include $150 study abroad fee, any meals not included, and personal expenses. Note: International airfare is included in the program cost.
*The Towson University Study Abroad Office reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise.
Eligibility: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, a high school diploma or equivalent experience, and be at least 18 years old. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Note: This trip involves moderate to occasionally intense physical exertion (i.e. strenuous hiking, walking), travel by boat, tent camping, and some physical labor.
Application Process: Fill out the application and submit it to the TU Study Abroad Office. $250 deposit is required at time of application. Non-TU students must also submit a completed Non-Degree Enrollment Application. Non-TU graduate students must also submit an Application for Graduate School.