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URI FLP - Philippines
Dagupan, Philippines (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter J-term
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December 30 - January 19, 2020
The program is designed to familiarize students with aquaculture practices done in Southeast Asia. Students will be exposed to professionals in the aquaculture field and day-to-day living in a Southeast Asian country. The location of the program will conveniently allow students to visit historical sites from World War II. Students will receive intercultural and interdisciplinary experience.

The Philippines is made up of 7,101 islands located in Southeast Asia. It is populated by approximately 99 million people. As a result of its tropical maritime climate is calls itself home to wide variety of birds, plants, animals and sea creatures. This island country tends to be both hot and humid.

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Students will earn 3 URI credits for AFS 440: Philippine Aquatic Food Production (D1). This program is open to students in all disciplines over the age of 18.

Course work will be supplemented with plenty of hands on work with various species of fish and invertebrates at the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Filipino fisheries and agricultural professionals will be resource instructors for the program, leading many of the excursions and providing some lectures.  Students will also be visiting the BFAR Lucap Marine Aquaculture Research Station that is near the Philippines Hundred Islands National Park, which is an internationally recognized marine protected area that incorporates some aquaculture projects as part of its integrated management plan. The location of the program coincidentally offers students the opportunity to visit significant historical sites from World War II.  Students will also visit the University of the Philippines Institute of Marine Sciences marine laboratory at Bolinao and have opportunity to visit the national giant clam restoration project at Silaqui Island and dive among the restored reef areas.

Syllabus - URI in the Philippines - January 2020


Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms while in the Philippines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


 Residency  Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total Cost
 In-State  $3,470  $858  $4,328
 Out-of-State  $3,470  $1,422  $4,892
Program fee includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health Insurance
NOTE: All fees are subject to change.


Michael Rice, Ph.D.
(401) 874-2943  -
In our lab, we work in the area of environmental physiology of marine invertebrates, focusing on factors that affect the growth and reproduction of economically important bivalve mollusks. We have worked within the context of understanding factors that influence shellfishery recruitment, as well as factors that influence growth and production in shellfish aquaculture. Key areas of study include molluscan particle filtration rates, organic seston fluxes in shellfish habitat, and the optimization of aquaculture systems based on these factors. We also study the environmental impacts of shellfish aquaculture systems. A secondary area of our research interest involves the role of the uptake of dissolved organic material as a nutrition source for benthic marine invertebrates. Populations of mollusks and other invertebrates actively transport dissolved organic material from seawater at rates that are of nutritional significance to the individual organisms, as well as being of potential significance to the cycling of organic nitrogen in shallow estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Outreach Interests In my lab, we are interested in working with members the commercial shell fishing industry and commercial aqua culturists both locally and internationally to improve long term sustainability both economically and environmentally.

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