IES Abroad: Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS

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There’s a reason why many of the world’s most famous scientists have visited the Galápagos Islands—now it’s your turn to discover one of the world’s most beautiful and biologically diverse island locations. It’s here that you will get hands-on exp... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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January 12, 2020 Mmm
Living in a community that is so different from my own was certainly worthwhile and gave me a new perspective on how issues I study, like conservation, should be addressed. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
New Spanish skills, lifelong friends, incomparable experiences, checks off my bucket list, and so much more. It was worth every penny. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
December 24, 2018 Absolutely Amazing!
I gained so much! I feel my time was incredibly worthwhile. I gained new friends and experiences along with practice scuba diving, knowledge from my courses, and spanish speaking skills. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This was the best thing I could have chosen for myself. This abroad program exceeds anything I had thought about before and I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I gained an appreciation of language and latino culture! This program was the best choice I could have ever made. - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
February 12, 2018 Go To The Galapagos!!!
The Galapagos is one of the most unique places ever!!! Definitely visit!! - Colorado College View Entire Review
I gained a new language, new friends, new knowledge, experiences that were once in a lifetime, new skills, hobbies, and cultural knowledge. That question is silly at this point. HELL YEAH it was worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS
See previous question. Yes, of course. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
I learned more spanish than I expected. - Trinity University View Entire Review
The ability to communicate and understand another culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned how to travel indpendently - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Galapagos Islands - Direct Enrollment
I improved my spanish and lived in a very very small town for once. It was worthwhile. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
My experience abroad changed my life, helped me meet new people, see amazing sights and become more independent, language-competent and confident. - Drake University View Entire Review
A new perspective and a lot to think about. It was the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. I loved it so much! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. All of the classes were not only educationally enriching, but required hands-on work in some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Living with a host family helped me learn Spanish and learn about Ecuadorian culture in a way you ever could in a classroom. Overall, I ... - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself, my field of study, and the world during this program and I would not trade this experience for anything. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I can't express in words how much I learned from my abroad experience, both academically and culturally. But, I would say that the most important thing I learned is to It was absolutely worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS
During my semester abroad and even after my return, I learned that no matter what new environment I find myself in, I could build on and integrate my past life experiences to enrich my present endeavors, and guide any plan of action for the future. Although I was living within a very different culture where the people interacted... - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself with becoming more independent, I learned different fieldwork techniques and was able to apply all the information i learned at my home university about marine science to a new ecosystem - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned to live a simpler life and be more independent - Connecticut College View Entire Review
My experience increased my world view drastically. Living in a different country for an extended amount of time really immersed me in the culture and the way of life. My classes were also extremely interesting and informative. The experience was definitely worthwhile both for the fun experience as well as for my future career fi... - University of Rochester View Entire Review
I gained cultural-, environmental-, and self-awareness, all very important for a fulfilling life. I also learned about amazing animals, how to salsa dance, how to surf, and how to speak spanish. This experience was definitely worthwhile. - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
independence, cultural experience, field experience. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I cannot even describe everything I learned. Of course I learned a ton in the class room, and doing field work, but I also learned way more Spanish, about living in a unique culture, about interacting with others, being on my own, how to deal with different situations, independence... the list goes on and on... - Santa Clara University View Entire Review
Past Review A New Beginning
I learned that this world is an incredible, scary, challenging, beautiful, complex place. That people are good at heart. I learned many things about myself which I intend to keep tucked carefully away, in a safe place where I shall always remember them. I learned the beginnings of a whole new language, and began to understand ho... - Trinity University View Entire Review

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There’s a reason why many of the world’s most famous scientists have visited the Galápagos Islands—now it’s your turn to discover one of the world’s most beautiful and biologically diverse island locations. It’s here that you will get hands-on experience studying topics such as Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Marine Ecology, and Sociology.

This direct enrollment program is organized through the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS), a remote campus of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) located on the island of San Cristóbal.

Before you head to the Galápagos, the program will begin with a month in Quito, where you participate in an orientation, a course at USFQ Cumbayá campus, and course-related excursions. The remaining months are spent on San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands. Additional course-related excursions allow you to spend time in other locations, based on your course enrollment.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Marine Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.8
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