Galen University

Galen University logoGalen University was established in May of 2003 as a private university in San Ignacio, Belize, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, the arts and sciences, and sports to domestic and international students.

Galen University’s mission is “to provide excellent educational programs that allow students to achieve their dreams and goals.” Galen University’s learning environment challenges and supports students to do their best and ensures that they always excel — in learning and in life.


As Central America’s only English-speaking country, Belize offers students the chance to live and study in the English language. It also offers a culturally diverse population, low cost of living, a stable parliamentary democracy, and a rich history and environment. Its ideal geographic location serves as a bridge between North and South America.

In travel circles, Belize is known as “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.” It is a tropical paradise situated next to the world’s second longest barrier reef.  Visitors enjoy the many cayes (small islands) along the reef where the snorkeling and diving are spectacular. The inland rainforests, only a 90-minute drive from the coast, offer bird watching, canoeing on pristine rivers, visits to numerous limestone caves sacred to the Maya and many ancient Mayan temples. The friendly faces of Belize reflect a heritage of Maya, Creole, European, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese and German Mennonite groups who have made Belize their home.

Educational Agreement between Galen University and FDU

Under this agreement, FDU faculty and students may complete a study abroad trip to Belize and Galen University, using the facilities at Galen for lectures and other academic exercises.  Galen University staff are available to assist FDU faculty and students in planning a trip to Belize, including field excursions and other cultural experiences.

Additional Information

More information on Galen University can be obtained by visiting Galen University’s website at

Please contact Ms. Liz Nigrinis in the Office for Global Partnerships at Fairleigh Dickinson University (; Tel: 201 692-2392) for more information concerning Galen University’s educational agreement with FDU and procedural steps for planning a trip to Belize and Galen University.