Program Information
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Winter 2023: Hawaii BISC
January 02, 2023 - February 01, 2023 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Courtesy of J Bartley
Interest Meetings:
03/22/2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM115 Gore Hall
04/13/2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM117 Gore Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/28/2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM219 Gore Hall
11/15/2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM227 Purnell Hall
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.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees and tuition.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.
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 in condos and/or hotels include two weeks on Oahu in Waikiki and almost three weeks in HIlo and Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii). Several special meals are included, as are all course-related excursions and on-island ground transportation.

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 the mainland airport. 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 estimated airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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
All students must enroll in at least 7 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BISC 107-070: Elementary Evolutionary Ecology (3 credits)
Describes the fundamental processes in ecology and evolution: natural selection, adaptation, population biology, competition, predation, symbiosis and ecosystem dynamics.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Math/Science Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group D
Restrictions: Open to non-majors only.
BISC 127-070: 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
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 Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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 $1,000.00.
  • 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 CGPS 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.
  • CGPS 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$2,507.00$6,728.00
Final Program Fee$4,300.00$4,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,837.00$11,058.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,000.00$1,000.00
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.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
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 onMay 01, 2022
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 10, 2022
$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

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