Study Abroad

New College students enjoy multiple opportunities to enrich their learning beyond the UA campus. Students can take faculty-led summer trips, such as the Belize trip led by New College faculty member Dr. Michael Steinberg; spend a semester studying abroad; or participate in student exchange programs with sister institutions in the United States through the National Student Exchange (NSE); or Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL).


Mike Steinberg holding an iguana

Through this course held during the three-week Interim semester — between the spring and summer semesters — students explore Belize’s diverse rainforests and coral reefs and visit Mayan ruins for a glimpse into a past civilization.

Belize is unique in that it still contains relatively undisturbed rainforests and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. However, while Belize has emerged as an international leader regarding conservation efforts, threats from climate change, poverty, and development persist.

The course is designed for students who are interested in conservation issues, biogeography, marine sciences, ornithology, and outdoor adventures.

The trip is divided between a rainforest and a marine field station located next to the barrier reef, so students will have easy access to the most diverse environments on the planet.

Contact Dr. Michael Steinberg at for more information.