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Belize, situated in Central America and is surrounded by Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the north, dense jungles of Gautemala to the west and Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east. It is a bridge between Central America and the Caribbean. Belize Barrier Reef is the world’s second longest barrier reef and has many cays and rich marine life. The coastline has swampy plains with mangrove swamps. The tropical landscape is a part of the Meroamerican biodiversity hotspot. The jungles are filled with Mayan ruins and houses amazing flora and fauna like the black orchid, many mammals, and birds. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean will beckon you.  If you are a nature lover then Belize is a good place for higher studies.

Did you know that Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America? Being in Central America, with English speaking people, it is a cost-effective study abroad destination as compared to USA, UK, Europe, Australia etc. Belize has been hosting international students in their universities for the past four decades. Belize is a natural living laboratory because of it topography, rich history and diverse culture. This diversity of Belize’s topography and people is unparalleled in Latin America or the Caribbean.

 

Belize is an independent country located on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America comprising 95% mainland and 5% cayes, with a total land area of 22,960 square kilometres (8,865 square miles).

It is bordered by Mexico on the North, Guatemala on the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea on the east.

 

Belize is well known for its Maya archaeology, marine biology, and tropical ecology, social science, medical and health professions, sustainable development, social issues in developing countries, and Caribbean literature. The University of Belize offers programs in business, arts and sciences, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. If you take admission to this university you will get a chance to visit a couple of marine sites at Calabash and Hunting Cayes and take part in intra and extra mural sporting events. Additionally, the University has tied up with various industries locally and internationally in Florida, Jamaica or in the Dominican Republic. So you can do your internship in industry. Galen University is the only private tertiary institution in Belize. The main focus of this University is on sustainable development. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, arts, sciences, and education. 

Belize has a collection of ancient Mayan temples and palaces which are known for their elaborated architecture. Hence architecture are a great learning experience with explorations on site. Even students studying natural ecology, environmental science, and sustainable development find these natural resources a good way to study. Marine biology students can practically visit the coral reefs and understand the marine diversity. Similarly the unique blend of Belize cultures is an excellent opportunity to study anthropology and sociology while the economic challenges of the country makes it relevant to study business. So international students find this education abroad experience meaningful.

Did you know that the tallest building in Belize is a Mayan temple? On, a lighter note Belize does not have McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks or KFC in the entire country. The official language of Belize is English but often local people speak in Kriol. Overall the Belize people make you feel welcome and comfortable. So you can also study abroad in Belize which suits your interest, and get ready to fall in love with Belize.

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The labour regulations in Belize have been created to protect the local job market; its aim is to make sure that most of the employment opportunities go to Belizeans, which is understandable. Only under certain circumstances is it possible for foreigners to gain employment.

Those who wish to become employed in Belize must have legal residency, they must have resided in Belize for at least six months. Employers who wish to employ a foreigner should submit an application form for his/her prospective employee. The employer should send the form along with three passport photos, $20 in stamps, a valid passport and proof that the individual is qualified for the job. The labour officer should also be satisfied that all efforts to employ a national have been exhausted, this includes providing proof that the position was advertised in the local area for at least three weeks and no local resident was suitable for the job.

 

Belize has a small, essentially private enterprise economy that is based primarily on agriculture, tourism, and services.Economy in Belize. Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy, followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments. The government's expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, initiated in September 1998, led to GDP growth averaging nearly 4% in 1999-2007.

 

The Belizean culture is a mix of influences and people from Kriol, Maya, Garinagu (also known as Garifuna), Mestizo (a mixture of Spanish and Native Americans), Mennonites who are of German descent, with a blend of many other cultures from Chinese to Lebanese.

 

 

Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.

 

 

Belize is a small country, which is normally divided into three parts according to climate and geography. The northern part is mostly low and flat, not more than 300 feet in elevation. The visitor to the northern part of Belize will find swampy areas on the coastal areas, as well as lagoons. There are also flat plains, palm savannahs, and if you go inland from the coast, flat areas with little hilly parts. The small hills support semi-deciduous, broadleaf rainforest.

The southern part of Belize is a coastal strip, about 10 miles wide, also at a low elevation. There are marshes, savannahs, and some rainforest. There are higher elevations than in the northern section, and these areas contain evergreen forests and pine savannahs, which you would find in the Maya Mountains. The mountains make the shape of a crescent and rise up to 3000 feet in some areas. The Maya Mountains run from Belize and into Guatemala and include Belize's Mountain Pine Ridge. Eco travellers are drawn to the Mountain Pine Ridge because of is stunning beauty.

The third geographical area of Belize is the part that contains all the offshore cayes (keys), or small islands. These small islands are covered in mangroves and palms and most don't have any human development on them. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are the largest of the cayes, and support towns and roads and human development, as well as thriving tourist community on Ambergris Caye.

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