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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: 
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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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: 
Spring 2019, Fall 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: 
Spring 2019, Fall 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.

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Feb 18 11:21am
Quito

Ecuadorian Family Life: Finding Beauty in the Differences

by Julianna

The goal of this post on Ecuadorian family life is to help people recognize our ability to grow through experiencing a variety of cultures and reflecting on the similarities and differences between them and our own.

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Feb 8 3:55pm
Galápagos Islands

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 23 5:26pm
Quito

Diving Headfirst into Quitoan Culture

by Julianna

Learn the ins and outs of trying to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, specifically Quito, Ecuador. I include information regarding must-see spots on the weekends, readjusting to "big city life," dealing with the knowledge that everybody knows you're a foreigner and a little bit about the importance of family.

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Jan 16 6:11pm
Galápagos Islands

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 5 9:39pm
Quito

Embracing the Unknown: A Predeparture Guide to Quito Immersion

by Julianna

In this blog, I detail the process of how I chose to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador, what anxieties and curiosities are going through my mind in the 48 hours leading up to my departure from Indianapolis, IN, and a few helpful hints for those looking to study abroad. I hope to ease people's fears and introduce them to the beauty and adventure Quito has to offer.

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