• Ecuador
    • Galapagos
    • Quito
Subject Areas
Animal Science Biology Conservation and Preservation Earth Sciences Ecology Environmental Studies Life Sciences Oceanography

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
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Starting Price
Price Details
AIFS Abroad is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Program fees cover tuition and housing, and over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS Abroad in the form of scholarships or grants. Coordinated AIFS Abroad Flight Packages with major airlines are also available.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Round trip flights and airport transfers included for students on the optional AIFS Flight Package.

Mar 07, 2023
Dec 19, 2018
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About Program

Spend the summer in the stunning and pristine Galápagos Islands with AIFS Abroad! You’ll earn 3 credits taking “Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galápagos” through Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFG). Courses are taught in English.

Live in a homestay with a local family, where daily breakfast and dinner will be provided. Hotel accommodation is provided for the Quito and Island-hopping section of the program.

You’ll enjoy cultural activities including:

• Guided tours and museum visits in Quito
• Trip to Frigate Bird Hill
• Visit to El Junco Lake
• Visit to La Galapaguera – home to the famous giant tortoises
• Trip to La Lobería Beach to see sea lions
• Visit to Kicker Rock
• 2-day excursion to Santa Cruz Island.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn 3 credits and transcript issued by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Guided tours, day trips, and museum visits included
  • 4 nights in Quito and 2 nights at Santa Cruz Island
  • Visit to Darwin Research Center
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee and snorkeling equipment included

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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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