Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

January Term - Marine Ecosystems

Study Abroad
Spring, January Term

At a Glance




3 per Term

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:


About the Program

Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this spectacular archipelago, where Charles Darwin first formulated his theory of natural selection, will be your home as you study at the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) on the island of San Cristóbal. This remote campus of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito was established to further efforts in conservation and sustainable development on the Galápagos Islands.

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The Galápagos Islands Will Be Your Classroom

Learn about the ecology of the marine habitats.

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Live with Local Residents

Live in a private room in a homestay with a family or señora.

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On-Site Staff

Our on-site staff are here to answer your questions.

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Individual Program Advisor

Your IES Abroad Advisor is your #1 resource for preparing to study abroad.

January Term 2025

Program Dates:

January 02 - January 21

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Sarah Fang

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

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Why the Galápagos Islands?

As one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet, the Galápagos Islands are the ideal location for students interested in Marine Ecology and Environmental Studies.

Learn More About the Galápagos Islands

Get to Know Your New City

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Explore Kicker Rock

Travel by boat to enjoy one of the best spots for snorkeling.

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See Turtles at a Breeding Center

Observe turtles in their native habitat.

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Snorkel with Sea Lions

Head to La Loberia beach and spend a day in the sun.

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Support from Quito

On-the-ground staff are available at the Center in Quito.

The Student Experience

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Galapagos Housing Homestay
  • Homestay


In Quito and the Galápagos Islands you will live in a private room in a homestay with a family or señora who will help facilitate your language learning and integration into Ecuadorian society. Two meals are provided daily. WiFi is available in your homestay, but speed and connectivity are often limited in the Galápagos Islands. Laundry is also provided.