Summer Courses in 2017

New College will once again offer a summer opportunity to study abroad in Honduras.

Summer course: Coral Reef Issues

New College of Florida will again offer its summer in Honduras course, Coral Reef Issues, in 2017.

The course counts toward the 31 required units and other relevant requirements of New College students. Since it is not an Independent Study Project or part of a contract, this summer class does not count toward the minimum requirement of 7 contracts.

Fast Facts

  • Coral Reef Issues is five weeks in length, June 26 to July 28, 2017.
  • The course is four credit hours (or one unit); expect a 40-hour-per-week commitment.
  • The course may be taken for credit or no credit.
  • There will be no on-campus housing available since the course is in Honduras.
  • In addition to tuition, students must pay for their transportation to Honduras as well as housing/facility with meals (about $2,500). Click here to read more.
  • There is no additional financial aid, but students may be able to get an early start on using their aid for the following year; please contact Financial Aid for more information at

Course description

Professor: Sandra Gilchrist

This is a study abroad course in Honduras. Reef environments provide the opportunity to understand how the land and ocean environments are connected.

Students will learn about general ecology of reefs. They will engage in projects that use underwater photography and field collection techniques. We will be stationed at Cayos Cochinos, a part of a reef reserve area. Students can choose from projects focused on areas such as coral disease, octopus behavior and distribution, crustacean behavior, and invertebrate distribution. We will not be focusing on fish biology, though we will talk about different fish as a part of the system.

Students will learn to identify a minimum of 25 reef invertebrates by sight, about the ecology and geology of the Bay Islands reef system, fundamentals of underwater photography, and how to design and carry out a field project.

Register now

New College Students – register using the Course Request System (CRS) through NewCLEIS (NCF login required).

If you’re an eligible student and currently enrolled in NCF’s undergraduate degree-seeking program, you can take summer courses for audit, or for credit with a designation of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory; no written evaluation will be provided.

Students from Other Colleges or High Schools, and Community Members — apply here.

Summer courses can be taken for graded credit or for audit. If you are from another college, please remember to secure approval from your home institution for any course you seek to apply toward your degree requirements.

If you are a high school student, please note that NCF courses are not designed to fulfill high school dual enrollment credit requirements, and that parental approval is required if you are under the age of 18. For the application, go here.

For students who register for this summer course, Friday, June 30, 2017 is the last day to drop the course officially without penalty toward the measurement of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purposes.

There are other important dates on the summer academic calendar. View them here.


All program participants need to complete the following forms:

These forms should be submitted to Florence Zamsky, Assistant Director for Off­-Campus Study and Study Abroad, at

In addition, all participants must show proof of insurance with coverage for a minimum of 100,000, including a minimum of $25,000 for medical evaluation, $25,000 for repatriation, and $5,000 for mental health services.