Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

January Term - Marine Ecosystems

Study Abroad
January Term

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3 per Term

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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.

Spring 2024

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

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Alyssa Schmirler

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!

📱 800.955.2300 ✉️

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 the Charles Darwin Research Station

Check out the breeding center and learn about the islands.

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See Turtles at Turtle Bay

Observe hatchlings emerging from their eggs and heading to the ocean!

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Snorkel with Sea Lions

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

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Hang with the Local Penguins

Get up close and personal with the islands’ penguins.

The Student Experience

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Galapagos Housing Homestay
  • Homestay


You have a private, furnished room in the home of a family or a señora in Galápagos Islands. Homestay hosts provide three meals daily. You will be provided all of your bed linens and towels, and laundry is provided too.