Dominican University of California

Dominican University of California presents

Spring 2014, BIO 3505 – International Field Biology: Bali, Indonesia

May 22-June 3, 2014

Professor: Dr. Vania Coelho



On June 3, 2014 this program was featured in the “Bali Daily” section of The Jakarta Post Click here to view the article.

Study and visit Bali, Indonesia to fulfill part of undergraduate requirements at Dominican.  In this field-based class principles and techniques will be applied from ecology and natural history to study natural environments overseas. Students will have the opportunity to get a broader perspective on ecological systems, processes, and human interaction with the environment.

Bali is located in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, has amazing biodiversity including coral reefs, tropical forests, mangroves, freshwater lakes, waterfalls, etc.  It is also known for the Hindu-based belief system of the local human population, which emphasizes man’s symbiotic relationship with animals, plants, and the environment.  This location sets the perfect backdrop for the exploration of global biodiversity and conservation issues.

This course may be taken for 1-4 units; the academic requirements vary accordingly (for more information please contact the professor at  Four class meetings in Spring; all on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 PM:  Jan 28th, Feb 25th , Mar 25th and Apr 29th; and a field trip to Bali from May 22nd – June 3rd , 2014.

PRICING:   The cost of the field trip including international air travel (final cost to be confirmed), in-country transportation, all class activities and cultural immersion experiences, lodging (twin-occupancy) and most meals, are as follows:

If 10 students registered: US$ 3,650 per student
If 20 students registered: US$ 3,550 per student
If 30 students registered: US$ 3,350 per student

Deposit: US$ 500 due on Dec 02nd, 2013

Final payment: Feb 03rd, 2014

Please make deposits by check to “Dominican University of California”. Other payment options possible if needed.  If you are interested and would like to learn more please contact Professor Coelho at , call 415-458-3745, or stop by her office room 124, first floor, Science Center.

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Below is a summary of the field trip developed in collaboration with the Bali Institute for Global Renewal:

Bali Biology Field Trip — Summer 2014


Your arrival in Bali begins with a welcome dinner and settling into your hotel in Ubud.    An orientation session will be followed by a fun cultural immersion activity to acclimate students to the area and begin the real adventure of being in Bali. Included will be a walk through the monkey forest, visiting a traditional market, wandering through rice fields, a visit to special Balinese temples and a field trip to a world renown bird and reptile park.  Students will then cross the island, heading to Pemuteran, a remote northwest ocean area of Bali.  Known for its United-Nations honored coral reef restoration project, students will be learning about culturally-sustainable tourism, environmental issues, a visit to the man-groves and hikes in the West Bali National Park.  Also included will be a full day boat trip to one of the best diving and coral reef areas in the world.  Delicious meals will include eating at a Balinese family compound, and exploring an evening ceremony or dances at a local authentic temple.  The trip ends in a unique village called Mengwi.  Included here will be a visit to the Elephant Safari Park, developed to protect the endangered Sumatran elephants.  A spectacular sunset at an ocean temple along with a meeting with university experts in water conservation and other environmental issues will be part of these last few days in Bali.  Program ends with a special farewell dinner and performance.

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For further details, please contact Professor Coelho at , call 415-458-3745, or stop by her office room 124, first floor, Science Center.

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  • 12 nights accommodations in shared rooms (4 nights in Ubud, 6 nights in Pemuteran, 2 nights in Mengwi.  Hotel websites include Pemuteran (, Mengwi (, and Ubud (several options including,,, and/or several others). Decision will be made in the coming months as we confirm the number of students participating
  • Daily full breakfast at hotels, 12 lunches and 5 dinners at a variety of healthy restaurants.  Water, soft drinks and juices are included at meals (one per person)


  • Airport transfers to and from Denpasar airport
  • Private auto and vans with licensed drivers and English-speaking guides for all transportation needs throughout the 13 days


  • Students and faculty will obtain VISA UPON ARRIVAL when entering Bali airport for a fee of $25 in cash (not included in per person ground costs). Visas are required for all U.S. and other country citizens entering Bali, Indonesia
  • Students and faculty will pay exit fee of approximately $17 when leaving Bali at airport
  • Bali Institute provides detailed information regarding visa requirements and guidance to U.S. and non-U.S. residents


  • All activities listed on daily schedule are included in the per person ground costs


  • Visa costs ($42)
  • 7 dinners
  • Laundry and personal items
  • International phone calls


Please contact Professor Coelho by email at, call 415-458-3745, or stop by her office, room 124, first floor, Science Center at Dominican University of California.


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