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  • Locations: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Costs: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/15/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Cristina Sosa Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Biology, Environmental Sciences, Latin American Studies, Natural Resource Studies, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science, Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Spanish, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation Click here for a definition of this term Program Options: Full-Time, Internship Credits, Undergrad Research
Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: Universidad San Francisco de Quito Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Additional Requirements: Ecology & Conservation in Galapagos" and "Marine Ecology" programs, Politics and the Environment in the Galapagos" program recommended, Completed one course each in general biology and ecology for the "Evolution, Intermediate Spanish level for "People
Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: GAIAS Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Community Service Learning, Independent Research, US/Int'l Student Center, Volunteer Component
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly US Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Family Home Stay
Program Description:

Program Overview

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.

Location

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.

Academics

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.

Living Arrangements

You will live together with other GAIAS students in a program residence building.