English-speaking Dominica is a peaceful, autonomous nation, located in the Eastern Caribbean approximately 375 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. It is the third largest island in the Eastern Caribbean, 29 miles long and 16 miles at its widest point, totaling 290 square miles.
The island offers endless opportunities for experiential learning as well as a spectacular diversity of terrestrial and marine ecosystems accessible in one day. Over sixty percent of the island is forested and protected. The Caribbean’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, is about an hour's walk from the Archbold Center. The island’s diverse habitats support a rich variety of endemic, regionally endemic, and indigenous tropical terrestrial and marine life. Biologically unique geothermal fields, a boiling lake, fresh water crater lakes, rivers, waterfalls, underwater sulfaterras and coral reef associations are all teeming with life and a wealth of unanswered questions.
Immerse yourself in a real learning experience. Virtually any academic focus can be explored in Dominica.
Dominicans are friendly and welcoming. As long as the appropriate government authority has signed off on your project, local experts may often enjoy partnering with you and offer project support. The Archbold Center maintains a list of people who are interested in assisting student research projects or providing evening lectures! We will also help to get you connected with the correct government authority to obtain the necessary permits.
Dominica offers an exceptional opportunity to study tropical ecology, entomology, botany, marine biology, biodiversity, biogeography, environmental conservation, agriculture and forestry, climate change resilience, cultural anthropology, civil engineering, natural disaster management, waste management, and emerging economic development.
Our goal is to serve as a unique resource of inspired learning for anyone who wants to make an impact in this world.