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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior, 5 - grad student
Housing Options: Hotel Area of Study: Biology
Program Type: Study Abroad, USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.25
Click here for a definition of this term Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

USA Natural History in Ecuador and the Galápagos


Program Dates:

Departure Date: May 13, 2020
Start Date: May 13, 2020
End Date:  May 24, 2020
Note: Students will meet before departure as part of the course; dates TBA

Program Overview:

Ecuador is a South American country with mountainous ecosystems such as the páramo and cloud forest both harboring a unique and diverse flora and fauna.  The Galápagos Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean about 1000 km away from the mainland and are renowned for their unique fauna but also because Charles Darwin used this scenario as one of the concepts to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.  You will be presented with a unique opportunity to observe and learn biology while immersed in these natural settings (páramo, cloud forest, ocean islands). By observing natural landscapes and its associated wildlife and biological phenomena you will understand their role, and appreciate their importance, in global issues and human activities.

Tentative Program Itinerary

1        Fly in to Quito
2        Welcome Orientation & City Tour               
3        Otavalo
4        Anitsanilla
5        Mindo
6        Mindo
7        Fly to San Cristobal
8        Frigate Bird Hill & Interpretation Center
9        Finca Guadalupe
10      Kicker & Punta Pucuna
11      El Junco/Galapaguera/Puerto Chino
12      Fly back to US

Course Information:
Option 1:
BLY 490: Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: BLY 122/122L, BLY 303

Option 2:
BLY 102: Life Science II
BLY102L: Life Science II Laboratory
Credit Hours: 4 total

Program Costs:

The cost of the USA Natural History in Ecuador program is $4349. Program costs include:
Tuition for three (3) or four (4) credit hours
All program-related, in-country transportation
All program-related housing: Shared occupancy in centrally located hotels/hostels (Single accommodations are available for an additional charge)
All program-related excursions listed in the itinerary
International health insurance & emergency assistance
Airport pickup for those who arrive on the assigned day and time
Daily breakfasts and lunches
***Please note: International airfare and exit taxes are not included in the price of the program. The Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. You should budget additional funds for international airfare, meals other than breakfasts and specified dinners, and personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based on individual spending habits. 

Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.​

See Summarized Cost and Payment Information: Natural History in Ecuador and the Galapagos.pdf

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

The first 11 USA students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program making the cost of the program $3849. Students must complete the "Study Abroad Conditional Scholarship" application in Jagspot.

Scholarships: Most students can apply their current financial aid (scholarships, grants, and/or loans) to the cost of the program. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all USA student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. Additional scholarships for study abroad are available, but unlike institutional scholarships, you need to seek out these opportunities. For a list of scholarship opportunities please visit: and schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor.

Financial Aid Awards: If you are interested in applying for or reviewing your financial aid award to use towards this program, please contact Stephanie Roote ( in the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

Payment Schedule and Important Deadlines:

Space on this program is limited. You can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, you can confirm your place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350.

Application Deadline: February 23, 2020
A program deposit of $350.00 is due when you confirm your place in the program. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program and must be made no later than the application deadline.

Final Payment Deadline: April 17, 2020

More information related to payments and deadlines is provided within your study abroad application: The Financial Agreement, IMPORTANT: Faculty-Led Program Deposit and Payment Information, and Summarized Cost and Payment Sheet. 

Refund Policies:

Refunds for Program Fees: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. After the application deadline, OIE will begin to pay program costs (housing, travel, booking, etc.) on your behalf. If an expense is incurred on your behalf, you will be responsible for paying any program-related expenses regardless of your participation in the program. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.    

Refunds for Program Deposits:$300 is refundable should you chose to withdraw from the program BEFORE the application deadline.
Should you chose to withdraw from the program AFTER the application deadline you must do so in writing to OIE and your deposit will not be refunded.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Juan Luis Mata
Department of Biology


You can book an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor at:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2020 02/23/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2020 05/24/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.