Study Abroad with Life Science

Italy - Florence, Rome and Venice

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264
dennis.wilson@mesacc.edu

June 6 - 25, 2018

This program is typically offered every other year.

Explore art history and photography in Italy--the heart of the Roman Empire, the cradle of Renaissance and Baroque, and a global center for art, fashion, food and design! The buildings, piazzas, and museums of Rome, Florence and Venice will be your classroom and your inspiration as you experience the rich history and culture of Italy.

Our focus will be the rich history of the region and the influence the Italian Renaissance had on the world  as well as digital photography with tours, excursions and field trips.

Find out more about Italy Study Abroad here.

La Selva, Costa Rica

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264
dennis.wilson@mesacc.edu

Not offered in 2018

This program is typically offered every other year.

Spend your summer in Costa Rica and wake up every day to the chorus of parrots, toucans, howler monkeys and poison dart frogs as we explore the spectacular wildlife of Costa Rica’s jungles, cloud forests and coast. 

The Costa Rica study abroad program offers an incredibly diverse experience, from zip-lining though the cloud forest canopy*, watching giant sea turtles lay eggs on their ancestral beaches, kayaking jungle rivers, riding river taxis, and salsa dancing with the locals. 

Our focus will be on the wildlife and photography with tours, excursions and field trips into different ecosystems to learn about and photograph everything from army ants to orchids and sleepy market towns to hummingbirds .   

Find out more about Costa Rica Study Abroad here.

Namibia, Africa

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264
dennis.wilson@mesacc.edu

Not Offered in 2018

 This program is typically offered every other year.

A trek through the wilds of Africa will probably be the single most adventurous and exciting thing that you will ever do! 

In true safari style, you’ll travel Namibia in 4x4 vehicles, learning about, exploring, and photographing Africa’s amazing wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and unique ecosystems. 

You’ll visit Etosha Park with Africa’s big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard), hike through the dunes at Sossusvlei, come face to face with cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund while studying conservation strategies, and bushcamp in the world's oldest desert with its bewildering diversity of wildlife. 

There will be opportunities for optional activities like dune surfing and adventure sports at Swakopmund. 

Learn more about Namibia, Africa Study Abroad here.

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Alex Cheroske

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7303
Office: RDM S - 253
alexander.cheroske@mesacc.edu

May 14 - 21, 2018

This introduction to Marine Biology, designed for the non-major, will take you to the Sea of Cortez (our nearest ocean experience), which has one of the best intertidal expanses in the world!  

At low tide, as much as 300 feet of what was once covered by the sea is exposed. Students will study the area between the tides and collect both plant and animal specimens, which will be studied under the microscope.

Students will take part in an ongoing scientific survey of intertidal organisms in local habitats.

Depending on the timing of the best tides, the dates of the program may vary from year to year.

Learn more about Puerto Peñasco, Mexico Study Abroad here.