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The IE3 Global program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-GAIAS Institute (Galapagos Islands) provides opportunities for students from any IE3 partner university to focus on biological and social sciences within the Galapagos archipelago. The program is ideal for students who want to study the natural environment and evolution in an amazing location first chronicled by Charles Darwin.

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The IE3 Global program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-GAIAS Institute (Galapagos Islands) provides opportunities for students from any IE3 partner university to focus on biological and social sciences within the Galapagos archipelago. The program is ideal for students who want to study the natural environment and evolution in an amazing location first chronicled by Charles Darwin.

  • The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) program offers natural and social science courses taught in English.
  • GAIAS provides a rare opportunity to live and study on an archipelago populated by unique plants, animals, and other forms of biodiversity.
  • In addition to the small class size and individualized attention, most classes include field trips and fieldwork Students have many opportunities to participate in excursions to various locations in the Galapagos
  • GAIAS offers various options to participate in community service project

Fall: March 15
Winter/Spring: October 15

-Sophomore or higher
-GPA of 2.75 or above
-Minimum of one years of college-level Spanish recommended (or the equivalent)

The IE3 Global exchange program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-GAIAS Institute (USFQ-GAIAS) offers semester programs in the Galapagos Islands focusing on the natural sciences and social sciences. All courses are taught in English.

Courses are taught in three week modules and follow three different tracks:

  • Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in the Galapagos
  • People, Politics and the Environment in the Galapagos
  • Marine Ecology

A full listing of the courses and special activities of the programs are available on the GAIAS website.

This program is open to undergraduate students in any major interested in Latin America. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

      • Sophomore standing
      • An overall GPA of 2.75 or above
      • A minimum of one year of college-level Spanish recommended (or the equivalent)

Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and their home university International Programs Office.

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please consult with your home campus contact person before applying.

Students are placed with a host family. Living with a host family is beneficial for improving Spanish and integrating more fully into the local community.

Students in Quito are supported by the USFQ International Programs Office (Oficina de Programas Internacionales, OPI). USFQ arranges and oversees homestay placements, runs a comprehensive on site orientation, provides academic and administrative support to all international students and informs students of USFQ arranged field trip options.

The program fee includes academic and administrative fees, room and board, travel between the mainland and the Galapagos Islands on USFQ designated program dates, on-site support, orientation expenses, group activities, and health and accident insurance.

The program fee does not include airfare, visa expenses, campus-based fees and personal expenses such as local transportation, textbooks, laundry, recreation (including travel), personal supplies and incidental expenses.

Terms

Fall | Winter/Spring

Application Deadline

Fall: March 15
Winter/Spring: October 15

Basic Requirements

-Sophomore or higher
-GPA of 2.75 or above
-Minimum of one years of college-level Spanish recommended (or the equivalent)