The Galápagos Islands are sites of incredible natural beauty. In the Galapagos biological diversity has been preserved with minimal impact from human colonization. The crystal-clear waters of the Galápagos sustain schools of fish with brilliant colors, playful sea lions, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. But the beauty of the Galápagos extends beyond the wildlife of the ocean.
On land, the flora and fauna of these islands is equally as diverse. Lava lizards, land iguanas, pelicans, flamingos, giant tortoises, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies are just some of the animals that make their home here. The land is covered with a unique variety of large trees in the highlands, as well as cacti, mangroves, and other dry-adapted species in the coastal regions. The organisms of the Galápagos inspired Charles Darwin with ideas about how life of Earth has changed over time.
Studying in this program will give students the exciting opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. While on the Galápagos, students will likely stay in Puerto Ayora, located on the central island of Santa Cruz. Additionally, participants may also stay in the town of Puerto Villamil on the island of Isabela.
- Tentative Dates May 17 - June 4, 2018
All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level. TnCIS program courses are for credit only.
In Ecuador, students will enroll in ONE course for 3 or 4 credit hours. For more information about each of these courses, including pre-requisites and syllabi, use the button provided below.
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This four week program explores the famous islands abundant with plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! While on location, students will study either biology or statistics. The participating students will have the unique opportunity to complete their course work in a living laboratory that provides opportunities to personally see and experience many of the relevant biological concepts.
Students in the General Biology II course will study plants, animals, and ecology with emphasis on topics relevant to the Galápagos Islands. Students in Elementary Statistics will study the fundamentals of probability and statistics, using examples taken from research on the islands where appropriate. All courses will incorporate the islands into their classwork to culminate in a unique academic experience that cannot be compared to a US classroom. There will be interdisciplinary projects that will encourage collaboration between students in each course. Concurrently, the students will have the additional opportunity of being immersed in the local Ecuadorian culture and the Spanish language.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles per day around cities and on varied outdoor terrain that includes uneven and slippery surfaces. There will be significant time spent outdoors during the program in hot and humid weather. Students will need to take appropriate precautions to limit sun exposure and drink plenty of water.
Excursions May Include
There may be multiple excursions while on the Santa Cruz and the Isabela Islands as well as a planned day trip to one other island of the Galápagos. Excursions may include:
- Charles Darwin Research Station
- Bays surrounding Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil
- Santa Cruz highlands
- Sierra Negra Volcano
- North Seymour Island
Other optional day tours, the costs of which are not covered by the program, may also be available if you choose.Class Information
Generally, classes will meet six days a week. Lectures will be held in the mornings and for science courses the labs will be held in the afternoons.
Students will share rooms with other same-gender students in clean, comfortable hotels. Students will be provided 2 meals daily excluding days of air travel. Given the structure of the program and the resources available in some locations, the program may not be able to accommodate students with specific dietary preferences. If you have dietary concerns, please contact TnCIS.