The Galapagos Academice Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) offers full-semester programs in English to international and national students of the biological and social sciences. The area of "Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in the Galapagos" targets students of the biological sciences, while the "People, Politics, and the Environment" track is aimed at social science students. A Marine Ecology program on marine life and ecosystems is also offered.
GAIAS is located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Archipelago on the island of San Cristóbal. This small bayside village is the oldest settlement of the Archipelago and has a population of around 6,000 inhabitants, most of whom make their living principally by artisanal fishing and tourism.
The semester-long programs each consist of five intensive 3-credit courses, all taught in three-week modules. As part of the GAIAS courses, you will also visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazonia, and at USFQ's Riobamba campus in the highlands. In the Galapagos, the courses include outings to various sites and a 4-day cruise in the archipelago. In addition to the core courses, GAIAS also offers optional Basic Spanish and an Introduction to Digital Photography. As a GAIAS student, you will also able to participate in fieldwork, volunteer work and/or independent research projects for credit.
You will live together with other GAIAS students in a program residence building.