Marine Biology – Study Abroad

I had an amazing experience on our trip this year! Coming in as a snorkeler, I was afraid that I wouldn’t see anything and I was definitely wrong. Underwater was like a whole new world and there’s no way to describe how cool it was to swim with beautiful and interesting fish. It was really interesting to focus on fish and follow them around to see how they interact and what they do in a typical day. The REEF classes taught me a lot too and all of the volunteers were super friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. I learned so much on this trip including how to submit a fish survey, how to identify 30+ fish and threats to coral reefs. Additionally, you were very helpful and understanding . The chaperones were also awesome, both of them were so cool and just having them there made the trip better. The group of people really added to the trip, I feel like I made good friendships and overall I had such a great time and it’s an experience that I can look back on for the rest of my life.”

– Kira McGill (Montpelier HS) 2021

This Marine Biology course offered by VTVLC is a 1 credit course taught by Brian Slopey. This is a hybrid course with online and face-to-face learning. The online portion will run from January – May. We will also have a few meetings and classes during this time. In late June we will have two intensive days to prepare us for our research in a TBD location.

  • Trip Dates: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Available for Grades 9-12
  • Collaboration with REEF (Reef Envirionmental Education Foundation)
  • SCUBA Training & Certification (This is not required. Students can choose to use snorkel equipment for data collection).

You will need to obtain good quality fins, mask and a snorkel. Waterfront Diving in Burlington will give you 10% discount if you tell them you are in the VTVLC Marine Biology class. Also, many of our students have been able to borrow equipment from former students, friends and/or relatives.

Dive skins such as Henderson Hot Skins® are made from either Lycra® or Polyolefin. Designed primarily as an outer garment, Dive Skins® help protect you from sun, abrasion and stings. We strongly recommend, but do not require, you look into buying one of these suits.

Next year’s course and trip are still in the planning stages. Please check back for information soon!

Online Course: TBD

2 Day Training & Trip Preparation: June, Date TBD

Trip to TBD Location: TBD

Research & Reflections: July & August

Scholarships – 
The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative will award a limited number of need-based scholarships for the Marine Biology Bermuda trip. If you receive a scholarship, the amount awarded will be reflected on the final payments. Students must maintain a minimum of 85% average and must provide evidence of financial need. To be considered for a scholarship, please download and complete the Marine Biology Program Scholarship. Application and student essay due date TBD. Please see below for submission addresses.

Total Trip Fees: Approximately $3500 (includes airfare, lodging, food, research boats & scientific and safety equipment.) This price may vary slightly as plane tickets are purchased.

Total Course Fee*: $500 (1 credit Partner School Students) OR $600 (1 credit VT Non-Teaching Partner School Students). There are cases where the school will cover the cost of the course fee. Please contact the school counseling office to inquire and for confirmation. If the school is going to cover the course fee, please notify Nancy Goodrich at VTVLC as soon as possible at

Payment Schedule – (Payments are non-refundable)

Payment Options –
Checks should be made payable to: VTVLC c/o RVTC, 307 South Street, Springfield, VT 05156

Credit card payments can be processed through the student account in VTVLC’s student information system or by calling 802-885-8351. We accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover. (Convenience fees apply).

VTVLC Contact Information for submission of scholarships, payment and forms –
Mailing Address: VTVLC c/o RVTC, 307 South Street, Springfield, VT 05156
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Once the trip has been confirmed for the 2021-2022 school year, registration details will be provided.

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