Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

Colombia - Ecology and History

See the Amazon and the Andes.

Date: Late May - early June, 2018

Cost: Approximately $3150

Open to all Tompkins Cortland students. Limited space available. Registration is by permission only. Contact trip leaders or visit the Global Office (room 230) for information on how to apply.


Program Cost IncludesColumbia

  • 14 nights in local hostels/hotels
  • Round trip airfare
  • All local transportation and guide fees
  • 14 meals (one meal a day)
  • GeoBlue International Health/Emergency Insurance (mandatory)

Does Not Include

Passport and Visa Fees

Vaccination costs

Any applicable baggage handling fees imposed by the airlines

Any entrance or exits taxes into/out of the destination country

Additional meals

Personal spending (souvenirs, additional activities, any personal items that need to be bought in country)


ColumbiaThis course explores the diversity of Colombian landscapes and cultures. We will explore the cloud forests of the Central Andes by horseback, canoe the flooded forests of the Amazon, and snorkel or scuba dive among the Caribbean reefs. Throughout the trip, we will focus on the intersection of environment and culture in order to enrich our understanding of this diverse country.

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Information on scholarships and other possible funding sources for students is available in the Office of Global Initiatives, room 230.

Course Offered

ColumbiaBIOL 116 (Tropical Field Natural History) will introduce you to the nature and ecology of the Neotropics. You will learn about the plants and animals that make these places unique.

HSTY/POSC 260 (Topics in Modern Latin America) surveys the development of modern Colombian history with an emphasis on current trends in the economy, land use patterns, settlement, and political arenas.


Dr. Kelly Wessell
is an aquatic ecologist who has co-led this trip since its inception five years ago. He is a dedicated teacher and an enthusiastic advocate for tropical ecosystem conservation. Contact Kelly by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4235 or by Email.

Dr. David Flaten
is interested in the dynamic history of modern Colombia, working to integrate student understanding of the human and natural environments we experience. Contact David by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4229 or by Email.

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