Universidad San Francisco de Quito: USFQ Galapagos Semester Program

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Students select courses from one of four Academic Tracks in the biological and social sciences:(1) Evolution, Ecology and Conservation(2) Marine Ecology(3) People, Politics and the Environment(4) Sustainable Tourism. Each academic track consists o... read more

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Spanish, broadened world view, problems are complex and have multiple solutions. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the Galapagos Islands and the importance of conservation. It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS): Galapagos - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
I learned to "see with my intellect" meaning that I applied what I learned to everything I saw around me in the natural world. Personally, I learned to enjoy taking life at a slower pace and to got out of my comfort zone to experience more. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review


Students select courses from one of four Academic Tracks in the biological and social sciences:
(1) Evolution, Ecology and Conservation
(2) Marine Ecology
(3) People, Politics and the Environment
(4) Sustainable Tourism.

Each academic track consists of five intensive 3-credit courses taught in 3-week modules.  The first module takes place at USFQ’s main campus in Cumbayá valley, located just outside of Quito, followed by three modules that will take place in San Cristobal Island, Galápagos and then come back to the mainland where they will have an excursion to Tiputini research station in the Amazon Basin.

All courses are taught in English.  Please note courses are subject to change.  Students can take up to two courses from different tracks, assuming they meet any necessary prerequisites and spaces are available (see Academic Tracks).  Students in all tracks also take a required Spanish conversation class (1 credit).  Volunteer placements (non-credit) in San Cristobal are also available to interested students.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies
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