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  • Locations: San Salvador, Bahamas
  • Program Terms: Short-Term/Uncoded
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Short-Term/Uncoded
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
Students will travel to the small Bahamian island of San Salvador. This 63 square mile quiet island is relatively undeveloped which allows easy access to a myriad of marine and terrestrial environments including seagrass beds, coral reefs, blue holes, and limestone caves. San Salvador is also home to two highly endangered organisms-- the San Salvador iguana and stromatolites. Students will be staying at Gerace Research Institute, a U.S. navel based turned research base now run by the University of the Bahamas. In addition to gaining first hand experience with marine ecology, carbonate sedimentology, basic research skills, and paleontology, students will also get to experience the local Bahamian culture and history which spans pre-colonial, British colonial and modern histories. 

About Embedded Programs:
Embedded programs are 3-credit semester courses taken on campus at W&M with an international component integrated into the course. This program will have a 3 credit course that runs during the traditional spring semester. The international trip for this program is to take place between spring exams and summer session I. Those who participate in the international trip can petition to have the COLL300 attribute added to this course (more information provided in course). Accepted students should register for the course during the normal spring registration window in October. This course will count towards students full time course load for the spring semester. Course must be taken for a grade. 

Course Information:
GEOL 310: Geology and Marine Ecology of the Bahamas
Prerequisite: Geo 322 (Sedimentary Record)  OR MSCI 330 (Intro to Marine Science)  OR Geo 325/Bio 317 (Paleontology) OR instructor permission
Required Text: 

Instructor Information:
Rowan Lockwood (
Linda Morse (

Program Location:
Gerace Research Center, San Salvador, Bahamas

Program Dates:
Program Director and Students will travel together as a group. 
Depart: May 22, 2022
Return: May 31, 2022

Important Dates:
Application Due: September 14, 2021
Deposit Due ($600): October 15, 2021
Balance Due: November 1, 2021
Flight Payment Due: February 15, 2022

Program Fees:
Program Cost (including flights*): $1,950 program fee + $1,400 round trip flights (estimated cost, actual cost determined at booking in January 2022)
Includes: round trip flights, all meals, accommodations, transportation, excursions, international health insurance.
For more information on the breakdown of program fees please visit our budget sheet here
*Due to the nature of the program, all students are required to fly together with the group and cannot purchase their own flights. 

Partial funding for this program is available based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 
Students receiving a Pell Grant will receive at least $1700 in funding, all students receiving any need-based financial aid will receive at least $900 in funding.

Seniors: Students who will be in their final year at W&M during this program are required to complete the COD Policy Waiver Petition. Please send your completed form to the advisor listed below for the GEO Advisor signature. 

Please contact study abroad advisor Marina LaMastro ( 

Embedded Handbook 2020 - 2021

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.