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ACES 293 James Scholar Summer Research Experience
Deep Creek, Bahamas (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Study Tour
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Summer Study Tour
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship:
Yes
Housing:
Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
ACES
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
ACES 298 James Scholar Summer Research Experience

Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI)

Rock Sound, Eleuthera, the Bahamas

 
Bahamas Beach
 

 

This experience is open only to James Scholar undergraduates in the College of ACES. Upon being accepted into the program, students will register for a second- eight weeks course in spring. The 8 week course will focus on environmental issues affecting the Caribbean and allow students to explore potential research projects and elements of Caribbean culture. The course will culminate in the research experience with Cape Eleuther Institute over the summer.

 Group Flight
As part of the Program Fee, the ACES Abroad will organize a group flight for this course.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight.


Eligibility
  • Application Requirements:  James Scholar  undergrads in the College of ACES
  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required. 

Academics
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • This course is worth 3 credits. 
  • On campus meetings: Begin 2nd 8 weeks of the  Spring Semester. Date/place/time of meetings is TBA.
  • Program Dates: TBD
  • *Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Accommodation

Housing: On-campus shared dormitories with shuttle service to/from the airport. Housing and meals are included in the cost.

Meals: All Meals are included in the cost and provided at CEI.



Costs

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate.  Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships. 

*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.


Financial Aid
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on financial aid can be found at academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/financial-aid

Scholarships
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/outgoing-students/costs-scholarships/
 
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. The ACES Scholarship Application may have an earlier deadline than your study abroad program.  Please check the ACES scholarship page for deadlines correlating to your program.  More information about ACES scholarships can be found at academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/scholarships
 


Application Information

First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/outgoing-students/first-steps/ or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
 
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
 
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable $100 application fee.


Application Components
• Photocopy of Passport or receipt verifying application or renewal of passport
• Short-answer essay questions
• Online questionnaires and online signature documents
•  One letter of recommendation is required for this program

Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.


Health, Safety, Pre-Departure

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at: http://international.illinois.edu/resources/safety-security/index.html
 
Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit (mckinley.illinois.edu/medical-services/immunization-allergy-travel%C2%A0clinic) to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also www.cdc.gov/travel.
 
Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website (http://studyabroad.illinois.edu) and the ACES Study Abroad website (academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/current-students) both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
More information about passports and visas can be found at: academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/passports-visas


Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation 

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail aces-studyabroad@illinois.edu

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/policies
 


Additional Resources

Cape Eleuthera Institute
 http://www.ceibahamas.org/

The Bahamas Country Info
U.S. Department of State Country Profile:  http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_989.html

News Sources
The Nassau Guardian: http://www.thenassauguardian.com/
The Tribune: http://www.tribune242.com/
The Freeport News: http://freeport.nassauguardian.net/

Travel Info
Lonely Planet – The Bahamas: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/the-bahamas



Contact Information

ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Email: aces-studyabroad@illinois.edu


 
Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.
 



 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Study Tour 2017 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer Study Tour 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed