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Sri Lanka Academic Service Learning



Program Overview

This 2-week Academic Service Learning/Study Abroad program will take students in an unbelievable journey throughout the beautiful landscape of Sri-Lanka while studying its unique environment, developing leadership skills, and providing volunteering service at an orphanage founded by Mother Theresa of Calcutta as well as a rural school.

Courses will combine classroom theoretical lectures and foreign travel to help students observe that learned in classroom. Broward College students will participate in a service-learning project in conjunction with the American College of Higher Education (ACHE) in Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Lodging: Students will be rooming and boarding at local facilities where each student will have access to clean bed and bathroom. 


This Program is part of a Contextualized Learning Community; Students selected to participate in the program must register in the following courses:

  • EVR1001: Introduction to Environmental Science (3 credits)*

  • SLS 2715: Students Leadership Development (1 credit)

**This course satisfies Biological Sciences or General Education requirements.

Honors students will be able to participate as Honors by Contract upon approval by the Honors College.


This program is open to students of all programs of study who have not previously participated in a college-subsidized Academic Service Learning Trip.

In order to apply and participate in this program, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (Please note: BC College Academy, Dual Enrolled, or Early Admission high school students are not eligible for this program).

  • Have a minimum 2.5 Overall/GPA.

  • Have completed at least 12 college-level credits at Broward College at the time of application.

  • Possess a passport valid through the end of 2018 or be able to submit evidence of having applied for a passport at the time of application.

  • Commit to complete both courses associated with this Academic Service Learning Community (Students who do not successfully complete the program coursework may be asked to reimburse the College for travel expenses incurred no their behalf).

  • Submit a complete application packet and attend an in-person interview.

NOTE:  Previous applicants who applied but did NOT participate in a college-subsidized Academic Service Learning Program Abroad ARE eligible to reapply for full consideration.  This program is open to students from all programs of study and does not have citizenship requirements to be considered for participation.

Cost & Fees

Program Fee: $2000

COSTS INCLUDED: Airfare, local transportation, entrance fees, international health insurance and accommodations (including room and meals).

COSTS NOT INCLUDED: BC tuition and fees, books & supplies, passport application or renewal fees, visa fee ($35 - please visit the following site for more information and application for a visa) and personal spending money.

*This Academic service learning program is partially funded by Student Activity fees and Broward College's Greene Institute for International Education.

Dates & Deadlines

Travel Dates: July 6 - 21, 2018

Deadlines: Please note some deadlines have been changed. Please consult with faculty leaders.

Application Packet Due:  November 9, 2017 (EXTENDED! - Please Consult with Faculty leaders)
Student Interviews: Week of November 13 - 17, 2017
Participants Announced: 
November 28-29, 2017
Deposit - $500- Due: January 31, 2018
Passport and Physician’s Statement Due: January 20, 2018
Payment 2 - $1,000- Due: February 23, 2018
Final Payment - $500- Due: March 15, 2018

Application & Acceptance Materials

Students must submit a complete application packet to one of the Faculty Leaders by the application deadline. A complete packet will include the following:  

  • Broward College Faculty-Led Academic Service Learning Application
  • An unofficial Broward College transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a Broward professor.  This letter must be signed by the FULLTIME FACULTY or ADJUNCT PROFESSOR writing it
  • Color copy of passport valid through December 31, 2017 or evidence that a passport has been applied for with EXPEDITED service
Passport & Visa Information

​A passport is an official government document which validates a traveler’s identity and country of citizenship.  Students, regardless of nationality, who are interested in studying abroad MUST have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their return date in order to do so.  For U.S. citizens, information on applying for a passport is available on the U.S. Department of State website.

A visa, different from a passport, is a government document placed in the individual's passport which authorizes them to request entry into the host country for a limited duration of time for business, pleasure, study, or other. 
Sri Lanka requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Sri Lanka for any purpose.  It is MANDATORY  for student to secure a VISA to enter Sri-Lanka BEFORE exiting the U.S. Students will not be allowed on the plane without a valid Sri-Lanka Visa. Please visit the Sri Lankan Electronic Travel Authorization System Website to obtain information about and apply for a short visit visa.

F-1 international students attending Broward College who are interested in participating in a study abroad program should first speak with a Designated School Official (DSO) through the International Admissions Office to discuss their immigration status and any special circumstances they may need to consider prior to applying.

Faculty Leaders

The following faculty leaders will be teaching and traveling with students

Professor Claudia Sahagun
Central Campus. Bldg. 9/Room 200
(954) 201-6404


Dr. Nilo Marin
Biological Sciences
Central Campus. Bldg. 7/Room 112
(954) 201-6407


Student Handbook

The Faculty-Led Program Student Handbook provides the student information covering a wide variety of topics which pertain to the policies and procedures regarding study abroad.  Students should check back frequently for any updates or changes to the handbook.

Health, Safety & Travel Considerations

Health Considerations

Vaccinations: ​There are no required vaccinations required to travel to Sri Lanka unless recommended by the student’s physician or specific health conditions of a participant. For country-specific health and immunization information visit the CDC's official Website.

Other Health Considerations: Disease carrying insects (such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas) are present in Sri Lanka; students should prepare accordingly to prevent bug bites by brining protective clothing and appropriate insect repellent. Tap water is not potable in Sri Lanka, travelers should drink sealed-bottle water and only consume ice and foods prepared/washed with potable water. For more health and safety information including more tips, a suggested packing list and the latest travel notifications, please visit the US's CDC Website.

Physical Activity: Due to the specific characteristics of this program (community service) and the location, students will be doing moderate manual work such as wall painting and gardening. Moderate to intense walking will be required.

Students are responsible for carrying their own bags to/from transportation vehicles and when changing accommodations. 

Possible extreme weather conditions: Sri Lanka has a tropical weather temperature year-round in most of its territory. There are chances of heavy rains since travel time is between Monsoon seasons. Students should bring water proof jackets and walking shoes.

Safety and Travel Considerations

U.S.-Sri Lanka relations: Relations between the United States and Sri Lanka are based on mutual interests and a shared commitment to the ideals of democratic governance. U.S. policy toward Sri Lanka is characterized by respect for its independence, sovereignty, and moderate nonaligned foreign policy; support for the country's unity, territorial integrity, and democratic institutions; and encouragement of its social and economic development.

Country-specific Safety and Travel Information: The Department of State’s Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world. They describe unusual entry, currency regulations, or unusual health conditions, the crime and security situation, political disturbances, areas of instability, special information about driving and road conditions, and drug penalties. In general, the sheets do not give advice. Instead, they describe conditions so travelers can make informed decisions about their trips. Please review Sri Lanka's Consular Information Sheet for country-specific information about the country.

For more information about health, safety, emergency preparation and travel considerations please review the Faculty-led Study Abroad Student Handbook.

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