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  • Locations: Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative program dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Carrie Manfrino
Program Description:
The Program
  • Study coral identification and other advanced marine biological techniques under the direction of a professional researcher and marine biologist.
  • Take part in dives on some of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse reefs in the Caribbean.
  • Live and study at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI)’s newest tropical field station, the Little Cayman Research Centre.
Your Host Location: Little Cayman
The Cayman Islands are one of the world’s centers of marine research and conservation, offering remarkable biodiversity both in and out of the water. They consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, which is of course the smallest. Despite its relative lack of size—it’s a mere 10 miles long by one mile wide—Little Cayman has superb diving at Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson’s Bight.  Your residence at CCMI’s headquarters at Little Cayman will position you for some of the best field experiences in marine biology the ocean has to offer.

   Program Director Profile:
Dr. Carrie Manfrino

Carrie founded CCMI in 1998 and has since built CCMI around her dream of sustaining biodiversity through research, education, and conservation. As a professor of oceanography, Carrie has dedicated over 12 years to marine research in Little Cayman.
To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

In the Summer Coral Reef Research Internship at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, you will be conducting coral reef ecosystem field research with a principal investigator.  At the end of the program, you will receive 4 RU credits.  

Before departure, you are required to complete pre-trip reading assignments to make sure time spent in the field is productive.

For the first week of the program, you will participate in field trips each day to gain a better understanding of shallow marine, coastal, and coral reef habitats. Lectures and discussions will take place during the late afternoon and evening. The objective of the first week is to provide you with the marine biology and conservation understanding and skills needed to prepare them for the following three weeks of field work.

The second and third weeks will involve research training and data collection.  In the fourth week, students will analyze the data collected and prepare a final report and poster for presentation.  Students will be expected to produce a research poster that could be presented at a national or international conference.  It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in shared rooms on the second floor of the Little Cayman Research Center. There is also a lounge in the second floor available to everyone. There is a separate Bath House Pavilion. 

Meals are included in the cost of the program.  All food arrives on the island by barge prior to your stay. If you have specific dietary requirements, please notify us no later than 2 weeks prior to your arrival.  Meals are designed to be healthy and hearty including a variety of local cuisine. Meals are taken in the dining pavilion overlooking the ocean.

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.