Bahamas Program Resource Guide for Study Abroad (Download)
U.S. Department of State Traveler's Checklist for further reference can be found here.
Student Resources: How to Apply Checklists and other resources can be found here.
Area of Study: Biology
Term to Study Abroad: May-Term 2018. This is the Maymester period between the Spring and Summer semester. This period will not interfere with Spring and Summer course schedules.
Orientation dates with the Study Abroad Office: To register for orientation with the Study Abroad Office, visit the orientation webpage here.
How to Apply (instructions are as follows):
Our office is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our online application portal. At this time, we cannot view any submissions made to Abroad Office. We are asking all students for the foreseeable future to follow these instructions regarding study abroad documentation.
Begin E-mailing All Required Study Abroad Documentation to StudyAbroad@clayton.edu.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Non-Credit Seeking Students, Alumni, Spouses, and Children are restricted from attending a study abroad program at Clayton State University, which is in accordance to the University System of Georgia regulations. Only credit seeking Clayton State students are eligible to attend a study abroad program.
Program Run Dates in May: May 8-17, 2018
Program Type: This is a faculty-led program with a Clayton State faculty member.
Program Fee: $1,950.00
Courses Offered: BIOL 3550 / SCI 1901
Majors: Biology and Undeclared/Undecided
Program Description: Enjoy daily shallow water snorkeling along pristine and isolated beaches while studying on a tropical island with virtually no tourist impact. On this trip you will experience the diversity of coral reef fish and marine invertebrates, participate in hands-on field studies in tropical ecology, and hike through inland forests and coastal marine habitats — all while earning upper level biology credit!
What is included: Includes roundtrip airfare from Atlanta, all transportation while in the Bahamas, all lodging, most meals, emergency medical insurance, and all taxes/fees. Student Program fees also include faculty travel costs. Emergency medical insurance with CISI (learn more here). Tuition is separate from the study abroad costs and other associated fees. To learn more about tuition costs and fees, visit the Bursar's tuition page here to learn more.
What is not included: Clayton State tuition, Passport/Visa fees*, and some meals on travel days, and required snorkeling equipment, Healthcare Clearance Form physician and medical fees*, travel insurance (learn more about travel insurance here).
Estimated Costs: Note that your program fees and tuition are separate costs. Program fees are the fees that pay for what is included in the program costs. Prepare for spending money and for additional meals. Speak to your Program Director for more details.
Maymester Payment Policy:
First Payment & Deposit: Monday, January 29, 2018, of $500.00
Second Payment: Monday, March 12, 2018, of $950.00
Final Payment: Monday, March 26, 2018, of $500.00
Payments need to be made to the Bursar Office.
Health Clearance Form (note for payment and refund policy*): STUDENTS MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE REQUIRED HEALTH CLEARENCE FORM HAS BEEN APPROVED & CLEARED. IF YOUR HEALTH CLEARENCE HAS BEEN DENIED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WITHDRAWAL DATES. Students should complete the Health Clearance Form before Monday, March 12, 2018, in order to receive a full refund, excluding the non-refundable deposit of $250.00 and any prepaid expenses. Remember, this form must be mailed by your physician or University Health Services (UHS) to the Clayton States’ Office of International Programs.
*If a student has any disability concerns for studying abroad, please review our ‘Disability Resource’ page for more information here or visit the Disability Resource Center on campus.
Maymester Refund Policy:
Add/Drop/Withdrawal Periods from the Course: Students who are considering dropping the course need to refer to the Academic Calendar for the current semester to review add/drop dates, withdrawal dates, etc. to make sure these dates do not affect your withdrawal process from the study abroad program. If you have questions or concerns, speak with your Academic Adviser and Program Director. The Academic Calendar can be located here.
Program Director Contact Info:
Name: Dr. Paul Melvin, Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Lakeview Discovery and Science Center (LDS) 135C