Mexico, Puerto Peñasco

Not Offered in 2020 - Marine Biology offered in 2020 France program

Scholarships & Funding

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Alex Cheroske

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

Program Location Change

INew Location in 2020.  France!n 2020 the Study Abroad program, BIO 149AH will be moving to the Mediterranean and based in Nice, France. More information to come as it becomes available.

Look for Puerto Peñasco program in 2021!

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.

Sample Program Itinerary

Marine Biology Blog

    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
    • Guided visit to Trona salt mines
    • Group excursions to explore the town of Puerto Peñasco during the evenings.

    Courses Offered (1 credit)

    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.
    • Mexico City is one of the world's largest cities.
    • 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.
    • Read more detailed cultural information on Mexico provided by CultureGrams™
      Mexico (2019). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

    Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines

    Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

    Program Fee
    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.

    How to Pay

    $TBA

    Program Fee Due: TBA

    $150 Confirmation Deposit (towards total program fee) Due: upon acceptance

    Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline.

    Registration Fee

    Tuition: 1 credit
    In-state: $85 per credit hour
    Out-of-state: $205 per credit hour

    How to Pay

    $15

    $85

    Registration for Summer term begins in March.

    Tuition Due: Upon registration for courses

    If not a current MCC student, you must admit yourself to MCC prior to registering for courses.

    For tuition payment options, visit: www.maricopa.edu/become-a-student/tuition-paying/payment-options

    For payment assistance, call 480.461.7400 or contact Cashier Services.

    Airfare (estimated cost)
    Transportation is by van - no airfare required.
    $0  

    Meals (estimate)

    Daily breakfast & lunch included.  Dinners are NOT included.

    $150 Not needed until you arrive in Mexico!
    TOTAL Estimated Costs $  (program fee, tuition, transportation and most meals)
     
    ADDITIONAL COSTS    
    Textbooks
    There are no textbooks required.
    $0  
    Passport

    Passport Info Here

    Your 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.
    $145/110
    (new/renewal)

    Be sure to allow at least 6 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
    Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.
    Program Application Deadline

    TBA

    Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    Complete online application. 
    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!

    Scholarships and Funding Your Program

    Title Date(s) More Information

    International Education
    Scholarship

    Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    11:59 pm MST

    Maximum Award: $1,000

    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 the program you are a applying for a scholarship to
    • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.

    2020 Study Abroad Scholarship: link TBA

    Title Date(s) More Information

    International Education
    Scholarship

    Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    11:59 pm MST

    Maximum Award: $1,000

    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 the program you are a applying for a scholarship to
    • Pay the program deposit ($250 or $150 for Puerto Peñasco)

    2020 Study Abroad Scholarship: link TBA

    MCC Honors Program
    Study Abroad Scholarship

    Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

    Maximum Award: $500

    Must be in the Mesa Community College Honors Program.
    Awards announced in March.
    Applications are due by February 14, 2020 to the Honors Office.  For more information, call 480.461.7143.

    Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

    Title Date(s) More Information

    General Information Sessions

    SOUTHERN & DOBSON
    Room AS196
    (Building 4)

    TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm
    September 10 & 24, 2019
    October 8 & 22, 2019
    November 5, 2019

    WEDNESDAYS: 12-12:45 pm
    September 11 & 25, 2019
    October 9 & 23, 2019
    November 6, 2019

    Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
    2:15-3 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
    12:45-1:30 pm following Wednesday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS

    For study abroad financial aid information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312 or at juan.carlos.sanchez@mesacc.edu.

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2019. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative. 
    Space is limited so apply early!

    General Information Sessions

    RED MOUNTAIN
    Student Life Conference Room M214
    (Mesquite Building)

    MONDAYS 11-11:45 am
    September 9 & 23, 2019
    October 7 & 21, 2019
    November 4, 2019
    January 27, 2020
    February 3, 2020

    THURSDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm
    September 12 & 26, 2019
    October 10 & 24, 2019
    November 7, 2019
    January 30, 2020
    February 6, 2020

    Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain
    11:45 am-12:30 pm following Monday Info Sessions
    1:15 pm-2 pm following Thursday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS

    For study abroad financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton at 480.654.7760 or at tori.stanton@mesacc.edu.

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2019. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

    Mandatory Orientation

    Sat., April 4, 2020

    9 am - 2 pm

    Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

    You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation!
    There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.