August 3 - 14, 2015

Bermuda w/ Badge

Bermuda Brochure (PDF)
Bermuda Application (PDF)
(Please return filled out application to Brendan Walsh in EN B 129)

Southern's department of Science Education and Environmental Studies is offering a summer course in field-based inquiry and exploration on the island of Bermuda.  This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students interested in science and environmental educators and those interested in learning about Bermuda and its history.

On-island study will include day-trips to the various locations where we will observe and investigate the geology and natural history. Much emphasis will be placed on learning about climate change as evidenced in the record of sea level rise and fall, found on perched dune beach and cave formations.

There will be opportunities to snorkel each day along with tasks for documenting various habitats along an intertidal transect.

All program participants stay at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) for the duration of the program.

Dietary preferences and restrictions should be explained in detail to the trip director at the time of registration.


Students must enroll in the following course:

ENV/MAR 398: Special Topics in Environmental and Marine Studies Bermuda   3 credits

In addition, there are 2 pre-departure classes on campus, and a post-trip project.

Students must have completed Southern's risk management paperwork, and have a record free of disciplinary problems. Students must and have a valid passport.  Students are also responsible for bringing field equipment, supplies, and proper clothing.



A non-refundable deposit of $500 made out to 'Southern Connecticut State University' is due upon acceptance into the program. This guarantees your participation in the program and reserves your room.  A second payment of $1125 is due on March 2, 2015.  The remainder of the balance ($1125) is due no later than May 1, 2015.

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare, room and board, transportation to/from the airport, transportation in Bermuda, three meals per day, park and exhibit fees, daytrip to Nonesuch Island, course reference materials, field equipment.

Program Fee Does Not Include:
• SCSU's tuition and summer registration fee, personal expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, snorkeling gear (contact Dr. Graves for details), or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements

Please Note:
All participants in the program are required to have supplemental travel insurance. Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE).For more information, contact the
Office of International Education at 203-392-6756.

Program fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the current costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 1, 2015 and after May 1 there will be no refunds. The program does not accept responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.


If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus

setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For information regarding financial aid at (203) 392-5222 or financialaid@southernct.edu
*Deposits will be refunded in full if this application is rejected by the program Director.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Scott M. Graves
Department of Science Education and Environmental Studies
Jennings Hall 333