AIFS Study Abroad in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: January Term

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Spend your January term studying abroad in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador with AIFS! Earn 3 credits over 2 weeks studying environmental science in the course Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galápagos. Based at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) extension campus on the island of San Cristóbal, this course is taught by USFQ faculty in English.

While living in Ecuador, you'll stay with local families on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy hotel accommodations elsewhere. Cultural visits and activities provide a robust experience as you learn about the major ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands firsthand. A 2-night excursion to Santa Cruz Island is included with the program.

Program Highlights
  • 2-night excursion to Santa Cruz Island
  • Visits to El Junco, La Lobería, La Galapaguera, Kicker Rock, and more.
  • Trip to Quito historic center and Middle of the World Monument guided tour or guided visit to Otovalo Market
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center
  • Over 50% of students receive financial support from AIFS in the form of grants or scholarships

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Galapagos Islands: The enchanted islands

I went to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador during the 2018 JanTerm. We had field trips to various sites including kicker rock where we swam with sharks and sea turtles. The class was excellent because we learned about the history, biodiversity, and issues of the Galapagos islands. My favorite part was housing because my host mom was very welcoming. The meals were amazing and getting to know her family was heartwarming. This program allowed to be open-minded and get to know other cultures without being afraid. I learned to be independent and comfortable while traveling to another country. The most exciting part of this program was snorkeling for the first time in the Galapagos and swimming with sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, and other diversity in the ocean.
If you are planning on participating on this JanTerm go with all your positivity and be open to try new things. Do not be afraid to talk to your host family because your host family is there to help you.

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