DATES: Tentative Dates May 10 - June 7, 2017
Total Program Fee: $5500
Due to limited accommodation space, this program has a maximum capacity. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline. TnCIS anticipates that a wait list will be initiated for the regular acceptance applicants. Contact TnCIS if you have questions.
The Galápagos Islands are sites of incredible natural beauty due to biological diversity that has been preserved with minimal impact from human colonization. The crystal-clear waters of the Galápagos sustain schools of fish with brilliant colors, playful sea lions, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. But the beauty of the Galápagos extends beyond the wildlife of the ocean. On land, the flora and fauna of these islands is equally as diverse. Lava lizards, land iguanas, pelicans, flamingos, giant tortoises, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies are just some of the animals that make their home here. The land is covered with unique variety of large trees in the highlands, as well as cacti, mangroves, and other dry-adapted species in the coastal regions. The organisms of the Galápagos inspired Charles Darwin with ideas about how life of Earth has changed over time. Studying in this program will give students the exciting opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. While on the Galápagos, students may be mainly staying in Puerto Ayora which is located on the island of Santa Cruz. Additionally, participants may also spend time in Puerto Villamil which is located on the island of Isabela.
This four week program takes students to a set of islands that has a huge number of endemic species - plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! While on location, students will study either biology or statistics. The participating students will have the unique opportunity to complete their course work in a living laboratory that provides opportunities to personally see and experience many of the relevant biological concepts.
Students in the General Biology II course will study plants, animals, and ecology with emphasis on topics relevant to the Galápagos Islands. Students in Elementary Statistics will study the fundamentals of probability and statistics, using examples taken from research on the islands where appropriate. All courses will incorporate the islands into their classwork to culminate in a unique academic experience that cannot be compared to a US classroom. There will be interdisciplinary projects that will encourage collaboration between students in each course. Concurrently, the students will have the additional opportunity of being immersed in the local Ecuadorian culture and the Spanish language.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles per day. You will also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities. There will be significant time spent outdoors during the program. Students will need to take appropriate precautions with sun exposure and drink plenty of water.
Excursions may include: There may be multiple excursions while on the Santa Cruz and the Isabela Islands as well as a planned day trip to one other island of the Galápagos. Excursions may include visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station, bays surrounding Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil, Santa Cruz highlands, Sierra Negra Volcano, and North Seymour Island.
Other optional day tours, the costs of which are not covered by the program, may also be available if you choose.
Classes: Generally, classes will meet six days a week. Lectures will be held in the mornings and for science courses the labs will be held in the afternoons.
Accommodations: Students will share rooms with other same-gender students in clean, comfortable hotels. Students will be provided 2 meals daily. Given the structure of the program and the resources available in some locations, the program may not be able to accommodate students with specific dietary preferences. If you have dietary concerns, please contact TnCIS.