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  • Locations: Ambergris Caye, Belize; Belmopan, Belize; Placencia, Belize; San Ignacio, Belize
  • Program Terms: Interim/J-Term
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program Minimum GPA: 2.2
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Open to all majors: Yes
Gen Ed Tags: K - Science, Technology, & Society, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

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Course: HAS303KZ, 3 credits

Course description:

An introduction to the theories and practices of functional medicine as a means to promote quality health and wellness. Students in this course will be exposed to a variety of health models ranging from ancient Maya practices to modern western medical practices in order to develop a more holistic approach to health and well-being. Student learning will take place in Belize, Central America, home of many ancient Maya healing practices. Scientific theories will include ethnobotany, psychoneuroimmunology, integrative nutrition and biofeedback. Personal practices may include therapeutic touch, yoga, mindfulness, contemplative prayer, nature therapy, and healing effects of physical activity and movement.


• Laboratory Science “D” course
• Mathematics “M” course
• Applicants must have a 2.2 GPA and be in good standing Fulfills:


• General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society
• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural Experience
• Elective in the Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science department

Course leaders:
Seth Paradis, Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science, 
Leah Jackson, Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science,

Enrollment 20 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors)
Where: Belize, with sites to include Placencia, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Ambergris Caye & Tikal, Guatemala

Tentative Dates: January 2-23, 2022
Estimated program fee: $4,500 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, meals, and iNext travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses, passport, immunizations, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Students can choose to do three separate payments for their interim course starting in the fall semester. Students can also use loans by checking with the financial aid office.

*See policies for more information
**Priority Deadline extended to May 7th, 2021**

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).
• Non-Bethel students may be considered for course participation after the April 27th priority deadline.


PLEASE NOTE: Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.


• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.
• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status. 


• The registration period for Interim 2021 off-campus courses will start on March 11th, 2020. The priority deadline for applications is May 31st, 2020. If the trip has not filled, applications will still be accepted after this date.

• Students must complete an application on the study abroad website ( Individual courses may have additional requirements. Please see course description for details. 

• Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis unless noted in individual course descriptions. 

• If you have a physical, psychiatric and/or learning disability and will need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in an off-campus program, please contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs or the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services as soon as possible to discuss your needs. 

• Once accepted, you must submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $150 in order to guarantee your spot on the program.


• An accepted student must submit in writing their cancellation to the study abroad office on or before September 17th to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $150 deposit. Withdrawal forms are available in the study abroad office (CC320A).

• Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 17th. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund.

• If an accepted student withdraws after September 17th, they will not only forfeit their $150 deposit, but may be responsible for additional costs. After this date, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course fee may be forfeited. If the cancellation occurs after Nov. 13th, the student will be responsible for the entire program fee.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Interim/J-Term 2022 08/30/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: The Priority Deadline for Interim Abroad programs has passed. Any applications submitted after May 7th will be automatically added to the course's waitlist and considered if the course has not met their target number of students.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.