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URI Marine Biology Fall Semester Program in Bermuda
St. Georges, Bermuda (Outgoing Program)
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Class Standing: 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

BermudaThe URI in Bermuda Program is a semester-long immersion into the study of marine science with a program of classwork and research in the setting of an active tropical oceanographic research laboratory at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) in St. George’s, Bermuda. In addition to academic pursuits, a semester at BIOS will expose students to a unique research environment as the institute is a residential community of researchers.  Students not only study and work with active scientists, but eat meals and socialize with faculty, graduate students and technicians who are part of the community at the facility.

The program in Bermuda is offered during the fall semester only. The term is split into two sections, with the first  ten weeks devoted to in-depth study of a set curriculum of courses. The last five weeks are entirely committed to an independent research project developed by each participant.


Participants earn URI credit and grades while participating on the program and enroll in the following:

  • BIO 469 – Tropical Marine Invertebrates (5) – Prerequisite: BIO 360
  • BIO 475 – Ecology of Coral Reefs in Bermuda (5) – Prerequisite: BIO 262
  • BIO 495 – Tropical Marine Biology Research (6)
  • AFS 433 – Research Diving Methods (3)


Fees above include room, board and tuition for the semester. BIOS provides full meal service in a cafeteria with both inside and alfresco seating. Rooms are generally twins with ensuite bathrooms. All lab fees and field trip costs are included in the course fees.


Description Cost
BIOS Program Fee $21,055**
Room & Board Included in Program Fee
URI OCS Tuition Fee $3,000
URI OCS Fee $555
URI OIE Admin Fee $350
URI Accident/Sickness Insurance*** $2,443
Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Coverage provided by URI $0
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance if URI Accident/Sickness Insurance Waiver Approved $24,960.00
*NOTE: Fees subject to change.
**This program fee is $2,000.00 less than actual cost due to the generous  "Fall Semester Grants" provided to URI students by BIOS.
***May be waived with proof of insurance and completion of waiver.

Additional  expenses:  Airfare (approx. $500), Divers Alert Network (required) insurance ($50-$100), diving equipment, Intro. to Research Diving Workshop ($125) and personal entertainment expenses are not included in any assessed fees listed above.


Eligibility Requirements
Limited number of spaces available, admission to the program is a competitive process.

  • 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Working towards a Bachelor of Science or a degree in Marine Biology
  • C+ or higher in prerequisite science courses (BIO 262 & 360)
  • AFS 270 – Basic Scuba Diving in Science and Technology or Basic Scuba – Open Water Certification
  • Successful interview with URI in Bermuda Program Faculty Coordinator(s)
  • After conditional admission, successful completion of URI Introduction to Scientific Diving Workshop.
    • Workshop dates for 2020 are May 8th & 11-14th during Senior Week.
Interview with URI in Bermuda Faculty Coordinator
Potential participants must successfully complete an interview with the Faculty Coordinator(s), as part of the application process.  

This interview should be completed prior to the March 1st application deadline.  For the 2020 interview cycle applicants should contact:

Dr. Hollie Putnam
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences


Important Program Dates and Deadlines - Fall 2020
This program is offered during the Fall semester only - Dates subject to change.

Event/Task Date
URIAbroad Program Application Deadline - includes medical exam forms! March 1st
Admission Interview with Marine Biology Faculty Coordinator(s) Prior to March 1st
Swim Test - 4pm - URI Pool March 6th
Conditional Admission Notification Sent Mid-March
URI in Bermuda Student Diving Information Packets Due April 15th
Mandatory Intro. to Scientific Diving Workshop Senior Week/May        8th & 11-14th
Final Admission Notifications - Participation Requires Successful completion of application, the swim test, and
mandatory Intro. to Scientific Diving Workshop
Immediately after 
workshop in May
Program Arrival/Start Date August 30th (Arrival)
August 31st (Start)
Program End Date - Departure December 11th (End)
December 12th (Depart)

Program participants should not book their flights until admission and semester dates are confirmed by the BIOS staff.

URI in Bermuda Infosession

All fall 2020 applicants should attend the information session to obtain an overview and updates on the upcoming program.

Date:  Friday, February 21, 2020
Time:  4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Location:  CBLS 010

March Swim Test
The URI Diving Safety Officer and certified staff require all applicants to participate in a swim test to assess the swimming and diving levels of program applicants.   The date is March 6th, 4pm at the URI pool. More details will be sent to applicants once program application deadline has passed. 

Mandatory URI and BIOS Diving Forms
Research diving is a core component of this education abroad experience.  The safety and well being of all participants and instructors require that all individuals diving are properly certified, trained, and prepared for this environment and the challenging nature of the program that research diving presents.  Therefore, in addition to all standard education abroad application materials mandatory URI Fall Semester in Bermuda Diving Medical Forms  must be completed and submitted by each participant by the March 1st application deadline to be considered for admission.  

Before permission is granted to dive under the auspices of URI and the URI in Bermuda Program, the URI Diving Safety Officer (URI/DSO)/Diving Control Board and the BIOS Diving Safety Officer (BIOS/DSO) must ensure that participants meet the mandatory diving requirements established by each institution.  Students granted conditional admission must complete and upload the URI Fall Semester in Bermuda Student Diving Information Packet due April 15th and supporting documents to their URIAbroad account.  Those granted conditional admission will not be permitted to participate in the Introduction to Scientific Diving Workshop held in May if all documents are not successfully completed on time.

Mandatory Introduction to Scientific Diving Workshop - May 2020
The mandatory Introduction to Scientific Diving Workshop (ISDW) held at URI and vicinity during "Senior Week" in May. The URI DSO will provide additional information once applications are submitted.   All students conditionally admitted to the program must successfully complete the workshop to gain full admission to the program and be permitted to dive in Bermuda. 

The  cost of the ISDW is estimated to be $125.00 - subject to change.   The fee is non-refundable even if participants do not successfully complete the workshop or are unable and/or cannot participate on the fall program even.

Workshop details found here:  URI Fall Semester in Bermuda Swim Test & SD Workshop Information

Diving Equipment
Personal diving equipment is required to participate on the fall program.  A full list of what to bring is available in the  URI Fall Semester in Bermuda Student Diving Information Packet due April 15th    Prior to purchasing equipment, program candidates should consult the URI DSO to discuss their suitability for the program and advice on what gear to acquire.   The DSO can provide information on appropriate maintenance and servicing of equipment. 

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
After programs admission, additional materials are provided to program participants by the URI Office of International Education and the BIOS Education Department staff.  The information provided will assist students in preparing for their semester in Bermuda.  Prior to that time, potential applicants can learn more about BIOS by visiting their "Fall Semester" web page.

Post Program Diving Certification
Students who complete the May workshop, successfully complete the BIOS semester and all on-site diving requirements, and satisfactorily complete the URI Scientific Diving Exam will be issued an AAUS Scientific Research Diver Certification by the URI DSO. This does not automatically grant ongoing approval to conduct scientific diving activities at URI. Students requiring diving privileges should discuss this need with the DSO upon returning from BIOS.

The URI DSO will contact program alumni on how to fulfill this requirement, after the completion of the semester in Bermuda.


General Program Questions:
Tom Hospod,
URI Office of International Education, 401- 874-2395 or 5549

Academic Program Questions:
Dr. Hollie Putnam
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, 401-874-9510

Diving Questions:
Anya Watson
URI DSO, 401-874-6205

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