Biology Study Abroad

Biology Study Abroad

The Biology Department offers study abroad options in a variety of countries with a range of course and internship options. 


Rome Research Experience with the University of Rome Tor Vergata Department of Biology (10 Week Summer Research Program)

Accommodations: UD Rome Campus

Tentative Dates:  May 23th to August 3rd, 2019

Price: $3,650

Includes room, board*, daily transportation to Tor Vergata labs, insurance, and fees

* covers breakfast and dinner M-F when Rome campus cafeteria open and all meals on weekends when Rome campus cafeteria open

6 Biology Internship credits
3 Language elective credits (optional for Italian language concentration).

Application Materials: 

  • CV
  • Personal Statement to include:  
    • Research interests
    • Academic background
    • Collaboration in an international research environment
    • Future goals
  • Transcript
  • One (1) letter of recommendation**

Application due date:  October 15, 2018

Submit application to Ms. Jane Dugyon email,

Subject line: RRE Applicant [your name] 
(**please ask the letter writer to email the letter to Ms. Jane Dugyon at or send her a hard copy to the Biology Department) 

Research areas:  

  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Neurosciences.

Please view our presentation to students or download the PowerPoint.
Questions?  Dr. William Cody at or Dr. Deanna Soper at

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Tropical Ecology & Ecopsychology in Costa Rica (Spring 2023)

Trip: Costa Rica - The Grand Tour

Dates:  Spring 2023

Price:   See Webpage: (

Tropical Ecology & Ecopsychology (BIO 3117 - 1 Hour lab course)

BIO 3117 can count towards the core life science requirement (a lecture course is also required, a lecture section of TEE will be concurrently taught, but another BIO lecture may also suffice, talk to a biology advisor if you have questions).

Program sign-up deadline:  November 13, 2022

Additional information:  This course addresses concepts in ecology using tropical habitats with a particular focus on rainforest and coral reef environments. Emotional and spiritual connection to the environment is explored through immersion in tropical habitats.

Note:  The class and lab are optional for participants in the tour. Students can elect to join the trip without enrollment in the class/lab.

For more information, view the webpage link:   (

Questions?  Dr. Scott Churchill at or Dr. Deanna Soper at

Marine Field Ecology

Trip: Marine Field Ecology (in the Florida Keys)
Dates: March 12-18, 2022
Price: 2,250$ (does not include travel and some food)
Credit: 1 laboratory credit
Program Deadline: December 1st, 2021
Additional Information: This is an immersive experience at multiple biological field stations in the Florida Keys.  The first half of the week will be at MarineLab in Key Largo.  The second half of the week will be located in Looe Key, FL.  Students will snorkel (and dive if they have their open-water SCUBA license) the coral reef, snorkel the mangroves and sea grass beds.  Students will perform wetlab activities at MarineLab where they will investigate invertebrate diversity, planktonic diversity, and sea grass ecology.  Students will see first hand the research facilities and coral restoration facilities.  Students will observe coral decline (due to disease and bleaching) across the Keys barrier reef, which varies in latitude.
Questions? Contact Dr. Deanna Soper at
Forms Required for Participation: Contact Becky Davies for link to form portal (


 Other university approved study abroad programs