May 16-23, 2023
Scholarships & Funding
Contact the Program Director
Dr. Alex Cheroske
Life Science Department
Office: RDM S - 253
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 visit and learn about different aquatic habitats as well the organisms that live there. They will take part in an ongoing scientific survey of intertidal organisms in local habitats as well as sea lions and local bird populations. In addition to biology, our study abroad also focuses on the effects of the ocean on local culture and business.
Depending on the timing of the best tides, the dates of the program may vary from year to year.
Marine Biology Blog 2022
Marine Biology Blog 2023
Puerto Peñasco Excursions
- Bird-watching while kayaking through the Morua Estuary
- Take part in a bird census of the endangered California least tern and their nesting colony near a local estuary
- Lecture on whales at The Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)
- Boat trip to Isla de San Jorge (Bird Island) to view, snorkel or possibly scuba dive* with a sea lion colony
- *additional cost for scuba diving
- Group excursions to explore the town of Puerto Peñasco during the evenings.
Courses Offered (1 credit)
- BIO149SV Field Biology: Ecological and Environmental Field Experience (1)
- Instructor: Dr. Alex Cheroske
- Mandatory study abroad orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
- NOTE: CEDO (Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), the host institution for the Puerto Peñasco, Mexico program, requires COVID vaccinations.
Puerto Peñasco Program Details
- PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The daily excursions can include walking, hiking, and climbing on uneven surfaces such as sand, mud, and rock, both in and out of the water. The kayaking adventure requires a moderate level of upper arm and core body strength. Participants will be out in the sun every day.
- Between tides, students will collect specimens from the rocky intertidal area and compare with specimens found in a sandy intertidal area.
- If you are a certified scuba diver, there will be time for diving*. If you are NOT certified, and would like to explore the sport, a divemaster in the area will arrange this experience for an extra fee. Notify the Program Director if you are interested.
- *additional cost for scuba diving
Did You Know??
- Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speakers in the world.
- To show that something is expensive, Mexicans often make a fist and extend the index finger and thumb to form a C-shaped gesture.
- Mexicans drink more carbonated beverages than any other citizens in the world.
- As many as one hundred indigenous languages are still spoken in parts of Mexico.
- Currency used is the Mexican peso (symbol: $; code: MXN).
- Read more detailed cultural information on Ireland provided by CultureGrams™
Mexico (2022). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
- Diversity Abroad Mexico Destination Guide
Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines
Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline
Includes round trip transportation by van, field trips, lodging in the dormitories of Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), secondary medical insurance, and daily breakfast & lunch.
- Program Fee Due: March 23, 2023
- $150 Confirmation Deposit (towards total program fee) Due: upon acceptance to program
- Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline.
Tuition: 1 credit
In-state: $85 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $205 per credit hour
- Registration for Summer term begins in March.
- Tuition due dates: www.mesacc.edu/cashier-services/payment-options/payment-plan-schedules-due-dates
- For payment options: www.mesacc.edu/cashier-services/payment-options
- If not a current MCC student, you must admit yourself to MCC, prior to registering for courses.
- For payment assistance, call 480.461.7400 or contact Cashier Services.
Airfare (estimated cost)
Transportation is by van - no airfare required.
Daily breakfast & lunch included. Dinners are NOT included.
$150 Not needed until you arrive in Mexico! TOTAL Estimated Costs $1,439 (program fee, tuition, transportation and most meals) ADDITIONAL COSTS Textbooks
There are no textbooks required.
$0 Insurance for Participants 60+ Years of Age $3.56 per day (minimum 10 days) The program fee includes secondary insurance for participants ages 18-59. There is an additional insurance charge for students 60 years and over. Passport
Passport Info HereYour passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.
Passport cards are acceptable for the Puerto Peñasco program since there is no international air travel. Pricing is $65 for new applicants and $30 for renewals.
(land travel only)
- Be sure to allow at least 14-18 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
- Visit the U.S. Department of State website for current fees and processing times.
Program Application Deadline
Space is limited.
Apply early to reserve your place!
- Application Deadline: March 3, 2023
At Waitlist Capacity - Check back after March 1, 2023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete online application.
- Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- Applications are reviewed & approved on a rolling basis.
Scholarships and Funding Your Program
Title Date(s) More Information
A New Leaf Assets to Opportunity (ATO)
A match savings program designed to help individuals save their own money in a special savings account and have their money matched for tuition, textbooks, and some study abroad program expenses with an 8:1 match.
October 31, 2022
- Must have earned income
- Be a resident of Arizona
- Income must be at or below 200% of federal poverty line
- Commit to saving $500 and saving for at least 3 months
- Commit to making $30 deposits twice per month
- Complete a financial wellness workshop and any other program requirements
- Contact: ATO@turnanewleaf.org
IE Study Abroad Scholarship
- Does NOT require FAFSA but it helps!
- If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC (school code 001077) two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
- Award Range: $250-$900
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023
Get information on financial aid & grants, scholarships, and misc. resources for study abroad here.
PRIOR to applying for a scholarship, student must:
- Be accepted into your study abroad program. Apply early!
- Pay the program deposit of $150 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.
- IE Study Abroad Scholarship awards will be announced via email in late February.
STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
- Application: https://mcccd.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/Applications/Apply?ApplicationFormId=24036&AYID=1441&StartPage=1
- Keyword Search: Study Abroad Program at Mesa Community College
MCC Honors Program Scholarship
Maximum Award $500
March 3, 2023
If you are a current MCC Honors Program student in good standing, you can apply for up to a $500 study abroad scholarship!
For more information, call 480.461.7143.
Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation