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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

Apr 13 4:59pm
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Sights of San Cristóbal

by Thomas

It’s surreal to me that I have now spent two months of my life on the Island of San Cristóbal. Although I have visited several other islands, this island is near and dear to my heart. It’s where I got my first sunburn, ate my first sea snails, and of course, saw my first boobies (the blue-footed versions, of course). Although the atmosphere is very laid back, I have been lucky enough to travel all around the island and experience what this wonderland has to offer.

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Apr 6 6:05pm
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Island Hopping for Spring Break

by Thomas

As a part of the IES Abroad program, during our spring break, an opportunity for a getaway vacation was graciously given to us. Naturally and thankfully, this just meant traveling from one tropical island to several other tropical islands. Throughout this week, I was able to visit the islands of Floreana, Isabela, and Santa Cruz.

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Apr 4 9:46am

12 Signs You Studied Abroad in Latin America

by IES Abroad

Our Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador Ambassadors are no strangers to nostalgia. We asked them to share their responses to “You know you studied abroad in Latin America when…”

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Mar 2 4:43pm
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The Enchanted Islands in the Context of the Greatest Film in History

by Thomas

After our month in Quito came to a close, we all piled on a big metal tube and launched ourselves to a little postage stamp in the middle of the Pacific Ocean known as the Galápagos Islands.

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Feb 24 2:50pm
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Field Trips and More Field Trips

by Thomas

Although my first class, called Wildlife Conservation Biology, lasted three weeks, only around five days within that span were actually in the classroom. As with most of the people in this program, I believe that the best learning doesn’t happen in a classroom, and I am so grateful that this philosophy is taken so seriously in my classes here.

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