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Study abroad in Ecuador and experience one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world.

Roughly the size of Colorado, Ecuador has the environmental megadiversity of a much larger country. Four eco-regions—the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands—offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attracts biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. These internationally known natural wonders are at your fingertips when you study in Ecuador.

Adventure and learning opportunities will surround you when you study abroad in Ecuador. Snorkel in the Galápagos Islands as you study biodiversity, learn about indigenous culture as you stroll through Otavalo Market, and study environmental science in the Amazon rainforest! To make the most of your time in Ecuador, study abroad is a great opportunity to not only visit, but also learn about this stunningly diverse country.

Galápagos Islands

Located to the west of continental Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are some of the most biodiverse islands on Earth.

Our Programs

Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS

Galápagos Islands
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
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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Top places to see in Galápagos Islands
  • Cousins Rock

    Cousins Rock is a centrally located diving site in the islands and was recently named “one of the most photographically productive dives in the central islands” by Scuba Diving magazine. Octopi, sharks, sea turtles, and sea horses are among the myriad of species seen on a dive in this area.

  • Charles Darwin Research Station

    Established in 1964, the Charles Darwin Research Station is located on the island of Santa Cruz. Scientists conduct research and projects here aimed at preserving the unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands.

  • Darwin Island

    Named after the famous scientist, Charles Darwin, Darwin is the smallest island of the Galápagos measuring one kilometer in area. The highlight of the island is the marine life as the island itself is not open for land visits.

  • Sierra Negra Volcano

    Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano at the south eastern end of Isabela Island in the Galápagos that rises to an altitude of 1124m.

  • Dragon Hill

    Dragon Hill is one of the best places to view land iguanas and other terrestrial species unique to the Galápagos.

Quito

Quito, located in an Andean valley, is Ecuador’s capital and second largest city.

Our Programs

Quito - Area Studies & Language

Quito
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
4 semesters of college-level Spanish
Estimated Cost: 
$17,950
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Quito Direct Enrollment - Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Quito
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
5 semesters of college-level Spanish
Estimated Cost: 
$17,950
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Quito Summer - Environmental Studies

Quito
,
Ecuador
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$8,315
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Top places to see in Quito
  • Carondelet Palace

    Located in the Plaza de Independencia, the Carondelet Palace has been the home of the Ecuadorian president for more than 300 years. With an exterior designed with neoclassic architecture, the building is ornately decorated inside as well.

  • La Plaza de San Francisco

    Previously the spot for local trading, the Plaza de San Francisco still bustles with activity today. Built on an incline, the Plaza provides beautiful views of Quito.

  • La Mitad del Mundo

    La Mitad del Mundo, located 12 miles outside of Quito, marks the equatorial line. Visitors can discover more about Ecuador's indigenous people at the Museu Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo and experiment with the gravitational pull by testing balance, water flow, and resistance.

  • El Parque Carolina

    As the largest park in Quito, El Parque La Carolina boasts an expansive space for recreation including a boating lake, playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, and restaurants. It is situated near several shopping centers and is home to art festivals on the weekends.

The Latest from Ecuador

Jun 6 4:03pm
Quito

¡Gracias por todo, Ecuador! Nos vemos prontito (Thank you for everything, Ecuador! We will see each other soon)

by Julianna

Reflecting over my Ecuadorian adventures and how I am coping after returning to the U.S.

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May 24 4:54pm
Quito

Time for Takeoff

by Maya

My six goals to keep myself accountable and on track for my best and biggest adventure yet!

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May 20 12:33pm
Galápagos Islands

Life in the Galápagos

by Thomas

Before I first left for Ecuador, quite a few people I talked to hadn’t realized that humans lived in the Galápagos Islands. It is supposed to be a land of mystical wonder, filled with dragons that swim and shelled beasts that skulk around inch by inch. However, it is estimated that nearly 35,000 people call these islands home.

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May 19 4:40pm
Quito

¡Chao Ecuador!

by Julianna

Saying goodbye to my host family and all of the friends I made during my semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador...

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May 2 4:23pm
Quito

Welcome to the Jungle!

by Julianna

Exploring the divine brilliance of the Amazon Rainforest at the Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station

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