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Pre-Health Maymester in Belize

The Pre-Health in Belize Program is intended for UGA students who plan to pursue careers in healthcare and who are working actively toward this goal. During the 3-week program, the participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Belizean health system through guest lectures, tours of public and private healthcare facilities, shadowing opportunities with clinicians and volunteer community healthcare workers, and engage in conversations with traditonal medicine practitioners. In addition to these experiences, program participants will enroll in two UGA courses for 6 credit hours:

BIOL 4910 - Topics in Biology
BIOL 4940 - Internship in Biology

This program meets UGA's experiential learning requirement.

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, some aspects of this program may be modified to ensure the health and safety of the participants while in Belize. This may impact shadowing opportunities while in-country.

The goal of this program is to help students gain perspective on international healthcare while also increasing their cultural competency. Learning how to work with and communicate with patients from different backgrounds is invaluable to students who wish to pursue a healthcare profession. This program offers a unique opportunity to broaden a student's undergraduate experience and offers up comparisons to the current healthcare system in the United States. Further, the clinical exposure will be helpful not only in terms of applying to graduate health professional programs, but will also enable our students to become more well-rounded applicants and, in-turn, more conscientious healthcare providers. This program hopes to develop mature individuals who leave Belize with significant experience in the world beyond the classroom as it is an idea vehicle for developing some of the skills and ethical healthcare-centered shadowing option that meets AAMC ethics guidelines.


General Information

Program Dates: May 17-June 9, 2021
Estimated Program Fee: $3,700 (includes lodging, breakfast, several lunches and dinners, program-related transportation, and entrance fees for program-related academic and cultural activities). It does not include plane fare, UGA tuition or UGA fees. Click on Cost of Attendance Sheets link for detailed program costs.
Application Opens: August 28, 2020
Application Deadline: October 30, 2020
Program Contacts: Ms. Amanda Spohn ( and Dr. Hilda Mata (


Applicant Eligibility

  • Open to all Pre-Health students at the University of Georgia.
  • Must have completed at least two hard science courses for a grade (A-F). AP & IB credit do not count toward this requirement.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 credit hours prior to application.
  • BIOL 1108/L must be completed by the end of FALL 2020 to be eligible for the 2021 Maymester.
  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records.
  • Only applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered.
  • Must submit a faculty or healthcare professional letter of recommendation.


Admission Process

Begin an application on the portal. Only applicants with 100% complete pre-decision materials by the deadline will be considered. This application also requires an academic or healthcare professional letter of recommendation to be submitted by the application deadline. All completed applications will be screened and some candidates will be selected for an interview with the Program Coordinator and the Instructor of Record. Once the interviews are completed, applicants will be notified via the application portal if they have been accepted, waitlisted or denied to the program. Admitted students will have one week from the date of acceptance to commit (or withdraw/decline) and pay a non-refundable $300 deposit. Once the program is full, eligible applicants will be waitlisted.



Amy Baldwin, Ph.D
AU/UGA Medical Partnership
Associate Professor of Microbiology
University of Georgia  
School of Social Work
Adjunct Associate Professor



Amanda Spohn, M.Ed.
Interim Coordinator
Pre-Dental, Veterinary & Optometry Advisor
Pre-Professional Advising Office
Office of the Vice-President for Instruction
University of Georgia


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