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Winter 2018: Hawaii BISC
January 02, 2018 - January 31, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/21/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMPurnell 231
11/29/2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM232 Purnell
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
Program Description

The Hawaiian Islands have experienced waves of settlers from many different cultures, from the early Polynesians to the establishment of major military bases and a thriving tourist industry. Each group of people brought plants, animals, and customs associated with each of their cultures. The impact of each group on the environment has resulted in changes to the land, extinctions to plants and animals, and invasive species.
This Winter Session program will utilize BISC107 (Elementary Evolutionary Ecology) and BISC127 (Environments and Cultures in Conflict) to examine the interactions of people and the environment. Field studies (beaches, volcanoes), projects, lectures, and excursions to cultural centers, museums, national parks, and other habitats will be used to investigate the history of the islands. Accommodations include two weeks on Oahu in Waikiki and almost three weeks in Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii). Several special meals are included.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions and transportation in Hawaii. Students will be housed in triple apartments with full kitchens while on Oahu in Waikiki and in Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii), and in triple hotel rooms while in Hilo. Meals are not included in the program fee, save for a few special group dinners or lunches.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or from Hawaii, nor airport transfers to or from Philadelphia. The program officially begins when students arrive in Honolulu. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 7 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BISC 107: Elementary Evolutionary Ecology (3 credits)
Describes the fundamental processes in ecology and evolution: natural selection,
adaptation, population biology, competition, predation, symbiosis and ecosystem
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Math/Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group D
Restrictions: Open to non-majors only.
BISC 127: Environments and Cultures in Conflict (4 credits)
Examines how individual cultures and advances in technology have impacted our
environment. Potential solutions for resolving conflicts are developed by the
students and presented in class. Relationships between human cultures, technology,
and environmental degradation are stressed.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Math/Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group D
Other: Fulfills the laboratory requirement.
Restrictions: Open to non-majors only.
UNIV 371-011: Domestic Travel Study - Hawaii BISC (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their domestic travel study experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
All applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,325.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$3,875.00$3,875.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,133.00$9,881.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,325.00$1,325.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
John Bartley
Faculty Director
Biological Sciences
Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 19716

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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