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  • Locations: Miami, Florida, United States;
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description


GBL 203 US   Florida, Miami: Ecology, Conservation, and Sustainability   4 S.H.

Modern American life demands significant resources and creates tremendous amounts of waste. And yet, the preservation of healthy ecosystems and the services they provide are also crucial to a healthy and productive human existence. This Winter Term Study USA course examines 1) where resources come from, 2) how waste is processed, and 3) how local, state, and national parks maintain ecological integrity in a world dominated by humans. We will use the operation of the City of Miami, Florida to understand behind-the-scenes logistics, and the natural resources of South Florida to learn about sustainable land management practices.

More specifically, topics covered will include modern forestry methods, water treatment, floodwater management, solid waste disposal, recycling, state and national park management practices, ecosystem services, invasive species, ecological research, the role of zoos and aquaria in conservation, and conservation practices on public and private lands. This course will include service projects in Everglades NP, Biscayne Bay NP, and/or Big Cypress National Preserve. As a city surrounded on three sides by ecologically sensitive areas, Miami is an ideal location to study the balance between modern human life and the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.  

  • The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the Elon Core Curriculum requirement in the area of Civilization. This course will also satisfy the non-science major lab requirement.

  • The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the Elon Core Curriculum requirement.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 103

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting date, time and location is TBD. 

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 8-9:10 a.m., location TBD.


Activity Level: Demanding

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as demanding, which means you should be prepared to push yourself and to keep a steady pace on rugged and steep terrain. You'll find that you are living outside your comfort zone with your program's intense outdoor activity.

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Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 3-22, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • Oleta State Park- kayaking
  • Deering Estate - canoeing in Biscayne Bay
  • South Miami Government
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • City of Miami tour wastewater treatment facility
  • ZooMiami- tour and discussion of zoos as centers for conservation
  • Biscayne Bay National Park
  • Homestead Air Reserve Base tour
  • Agricultural tour
  • Little Havana and/or Art Deco Tour
  • Everglades airboat tour
  • Turkey Point Nuclear Power facility tour
  • Everglades National Park walking tour
  • Flamingo boat tour of mangrove forest
  • Miccasukee Indian Village
  • Seminole Indian Reservation
  • Shark Valley tram
  • Big Cypress National Preserve and swamp hike
  • Fakahatchee State Park
  • Skunk Ape Research Center
  • John Pennekamp State Park - snorkel coral reef
  • Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • South Beach and Miami Beach
  • Service projects in National Parks

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared hotel accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet.


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your program. 

Connect with us

Questions? See if they're answered in our Short-Term Programs FAQ section

Prefer to ask in person? Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM
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Program Leader: David Vandermast
McMichael Science Building, 124B 
2625 Campus Box 

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)



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If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 05/09/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.