Upcoming Course Dates 
May 21 - June 10
June 14 - July 4
Courses are identical- just 2 date choices

An opportunity to study abroad in the Caribbean and apply your classroom & textbook learning while immersed in an incredible marine ecosystem setting!

  • Achieve a deep knowledge base of the structure & functioning of coral reef & coastal ecosystems of the Caribbean
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on, marine & land-based ecosystem field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits during summer (or winter) break
  • Open to students from all universities & majors
  • Choose between a SCUBA & snorkel option or a Snorkel-only option

This transformative, 3-week, outdoor course focuses on experiential & applicable scientific field research methods

$2,200 Beach tent camping option or
$2,600 Beach bungalow room option
+ add $400 for SCUBA & snorkel option
+ add $0 for Snorkel-Only option
Now offering a special $400 discount for male students
of Caribbean EcoFS Course 2, June 14 - July 4! (This discount
is due to current low male enrollment in that course.)

Instruction is delivered with inquiry-based activities incorporating observation & data collection, small working groups, lecture, focused exploration & off-site trips. Students SCUBA & snorkel daily to study the fascinating coral reef ecosystem with an amazing peer group of inspired learners. Students create and implement an original ecosystem field research project to culminate the class. Upcoming summer-break students have the special opportunity to observe & study sea turtle nesting & hatchling activity.

Location Summary

Xpu-Ha is a small beach community along the tourist friendly Riviera Maya coast of Mexico approximately 50 miles south of Cancun, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum on an easy 1 hour drive. Xpu-Ha is a very quiet and safe location providing exceptional field learning opportunities.
The Caribbean EcoFS field site is on the private property of the day-use La Playa Xpu-Ha Beach Club.  The course uses the property's comfortable bungalow rooms and adjacent beach campground for accommodations. The Xpu-Ha EcoFS Field Research Cabaña serves as our central indoor meeting & studying area. Our classroom is the spectacular beach, coastline, coral reef & and ocean just steps away.
Xpu-Ha consists of a mile-long spectacular white sandy beach within a sheltered bay bordered by rocky points & with a vibrant coral reef directly offshore.  The relatively undeveloped beach is an important nesting ground for green & loggerhead sea turtles. 

Course Details

2017 Syllabus (pdf)