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IES Abroad Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment – Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS)

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There’s a reason why many of the world’s most famous scientists have visited the Galápagos Islands—now it’s your turn to discover one of the world’s most beautiful and biologically diverse island locations. It’s here that you will get hands-on experience studying topics such as biology, ecology, environmental studies, marine ecology, and sociology.

This direct enrollment program is organized through the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS), a remote campus of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) located on the island of San Cristóbal.

Before you head to the Galápagos, the program will begin with a month in Quito, where you participate in an orientation, a course at USFQ Cumbaya campus, and course-related excursions. The remaining months are spent on San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands, although additional course-related excursions allow you to spend time in other locations, based on your course enrollment.

The Galápagos Islands and Quito will be your classroom. Witness the famous land iguanas and giant tortoises as you study the evolution of these unique species. Visit indigenous and traditional Andean communities to better understand the relationship between humans and their environment. Dive into the Pacific to get close to the marine life you learn about.



  • Ecology
  • Conservation And Preservation
  • Marine Science
  • Political Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Spanish
  • Biology (General)
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Marine Biology

Application Procedure:

Applying to an IES Abroad program is easy—just follow the three study abroad application steps outlined below. If you have any questions during the application process, visit the FAQs or contact your Program Advisor at 800.995.2300. You can do this!

1.    Check the application deadline and review the application requirements for your study abroad or internship program of interest. Plan to submit all of the required information by the deadline.

2.    Create an account or log in to complete and submit the initial online study abroad application.

3.    After 1-2 business days, sign in to your MyIESabroad account to view and submit the rest of the application requirements. You will also receive regular emails about deadlines and missing items.

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