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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 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: 
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 Galapagos Islands.

  • Darwin Island

    Named after the famous scientist, Charles Darwin, Darwin is the smallest island of the Galapagos 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 Galapagos 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 Galapagos.

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 2018, Spring 2019
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 2018, Spring 2019
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

Sep 16 8:21pm
Quito

Waterfalls Don't Do Homework: Revelations Outside Quito

by Louis

I got out of the city last weekend, and it really gave me a chance to take a step back and reflect.

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Sep 12 10:25pm
Galápagos Islands

Hello Galápagos

by Xavaar

I think island time is getting to me, it’s taken me almost three weeks to write this post since setting foot on San Cristóbal. With a population of ~5000 here in the town of Puerto Baquerizo things work a little differently than back on the mainland in Quito. Nothing in the town itself is more than 15 minutes away from anything else by bike, and my official address is simply “House of Martha Morales”.

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Sep 12 6:45pm
Galápagos Islands

Back to the Mountains: Bella Vista and Pappallacta

by Xavaar

The flow of adorable animals doesn't stop, here I share a picture of the Olingo a banana eating critter also known as the Kitty-Bear.

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Sep 3 8:40pm
Galápagos Islands

Tiputini: Welcome to the Jungle

by Xavaar

After spending a week in the Amazon I share a picture of a sloth as well as some other stuff.

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Aug 27 2:14pm
London

The #1 Free Thing to Do in Your Study Abroad Host City Is…

by IES Abroad

We asked IES Abroad Ambassadors, recent alumni who volunteer to share their study abroad expertise, about the best free things to do in their study abroad host city. So, what was the number one free thing most all of our Ambassadors suggested?  

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