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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: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,450
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Galápagos Islands January Term - Marine Ecosystems

Galápagos Islands
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Spring 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
Price TBD
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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

Feb 8 3:55pm
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So Many Activities And So Little Time

by Thomas

Somehow, my time in Quito has ended already, and even though a month in a foreign city seems like quite a long time, it never is enough. Luckily, the time flew so fast because I could not have filled it with more adventures and activities. In my next post, I’ll explain about all of the incredible class field trips I went on, so here I’ll talk briefly about a few of my innumerable excursions and journeys with my friends

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Jan 16 6:11pm
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Living in Quito: My 5 Biggest Adjustments

by Thomas

As shocking as it may seem, there are quite a few differences between my life in the United States and my life here in Ecuador so far. Even though I have tried to welcome these changes as readily as possible, before the semester I had no idea how exactly my life would be different. For your reading pleasure, I have compiled a list of the five biggest ways I have had to adjust within the week and a half that I have been here.

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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
Galápagos Islands

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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