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Galápagos Islands

Ecuador

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Imagine stepping foot onto this mysterious dark land knowing it’s an estimated 3.5 million years old. Yes, million. This environmental haven awaits you when you study abroad in the Galápagos Islands.

600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos have sea lions, iguanas, and tortoises galore waiting to welcome you.

Study abroad in the Galápagos for the ultimate immersive ecological adventure.

Programs

Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS

Galápagos Islands
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Fall 2018, Spring 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,245
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Galápagos Islands January Term - Marine Ecosystems

Galápagos Islands
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Spring 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$4,070
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Galápagos Islands's Top Five

Explore the Charles Darwin Research Station

A must-see for budding scientists, check out the breeding center, and learn about the islands’ fascinating ecology and history.

See Turtles at Turtle Bay

You just might observe hatchlings emerging from their eggs and heading to the ocean!

Snorkel with Sea Lions

Head to La Loberia beach, and spend a day in the sun with these unique marine mammals.

Hang with the Local Penguins

Take a trip to Las Tintoreras, and get up close and personal with the islands’ penguins.

Visit the Santa Cruz Fish Market

Watch fishermen unload their catches from the day, and grab a bite of fresh seafood.

The Latest from Galápagos Islands

Jan 4 9:57am
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Expecting to Expect Nothing in Ecuador

by Thomas

Hello to everybody who may be reading this! My name is Thomas Hotaling, and I am a geology and environmental studies student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. About a year ago I decided that I should spend a semester in a place that is the exact opposite of Cleveland in every way, which I determined to be Ecuador and the Galapagos.

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Dec 20 2:42pm
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Thoughts From Home

by Xavaar

After being back home for a little more than week it almost feels as though I never left. I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out with my cats and made some plans with friends I haven’t seen in a while. Everything is more or less like I remember it. I’ve heard that integrating back into your home country can be hard, but personally I’m not feeling much of a culture shock. This is probably in part due the structure of this particular program.

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Dec 12 1:44pm
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12 Gifts for Students Studying Abroad

by IES Abroad

Our recent alumni shared their thoughts on the best gifts for students studying abroad, and we complied it into a helpful gift guide. Enjoy!.

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Dec 10 12:55pm
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Adiós Galápagos

by Xavaar

As I leave the island, which I've called home for the past three months, I reflect on my expectations I had versus the realities of life in the archipelago.

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Nov 1 9:29am
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Across the Archipelago

by Xavaar

6 day, 4 islands, moderate sleep, lot of tortoises. Island hopping through the Galápagos with IES.

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