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UF in Quito and Galápagos Islands
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UF applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/11/2018 05/11/2018 08/13/2018 12/07/2018
Fact Sheet:
Level:
Undergraduate
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Program Advisor: Brian Henry
Type of Credit:
Transfer, UF GPA
Open to non-UF students:
No Program Type: UF Sponsored
College:
Agricultural and Life Sciences Field of Study: Conservation, Environmental Science, Marine Ecology
Program Description:

UF in Quito and the Galápagos Islands

Tropical Ecology and Natural Resource Conservation
August 13th - December 7th, 2018

Galapagos Wallpaper

About the Program

In this program, students select courses from one of four Academic Tracks in the biological and social sciences: (1) Evolution, Ecology and Conservation, (2) Marine Ecology; (3) People, Politics and the Environment, and 4) Sustainable Tourism. Each academic track consists of five intensive 3-credit courses taught in 3-week modules. The first module takes place near Quito in the main USFQ campus at Cumbayá. The remaining four modules take place on San Cristobal Island, Galápagos.

All courses are taught in English.

Students are required to take at least 3 courses from their track and they can take up to two courses from different tracks, provided they meet any necessary prerequisites and space is available.  Please note courses are subject to change.

Students are also required to take the course that is taught by UF faculty, and which will fit the Evolution, Ecology and Conservation track or the People, Politics and the Environment track:

Students in all tracks are required to take a Spanish conversation class (1 credit).

Click HERE for more info about the program.

About the Location

For information about Quito, Ecuador, click HERE.

For information about San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, click HERE.

Excursions

First module: day trips to cloud forest and field time (several days) at Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Amazon.  Modules 2-5: 12 weeks in Galapagos Islands with multiple field excusions from campus on San Cristobal Island.  Each module is 3 weeks in length and represents a 3-credit course.



La Galapaguera

Course Information

WIS 4934 - Special Topics: Tropical Ecology and Climate Change; (UF GPA)

In addition, students will take 3-4  other courses taught in 3-week modules from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, plus one credit of Spanish Language. (transfer credit)

Total Number of Credits Offered: 13-16
 

Eligibility/Requirements

  • Students in good standing
  • 2.8 GPA or higher

Housing

Host families in Cumbaya (Quito) and Galapagos (San Cristobal Island).  Hotels and hostels for field excursions.

Academics

Track 1: Evolution, Ecology and Conservation

Students in the Evolution, Ecology and Conservation program will examine and study: (1) the ways in which Ecuador´s diverse ecosystems shape evolutionary processes, (2) the manner in which these processes lead to adaptive radiation, specification, endemism, and biological diversity, and (3) the role that distinct social, cultural and economic conditions have played in the protection or transformation of these unique environments.

ECL 0440 Tropical Ecology
WIS 3434 Topical Wildlife
ECL 0390 E Quantitative Field Ecology
WIS 4934 Special Topics: Quantitative Field Ecology
BIO 0420 Native and Introduced Plants of the Galápagos
BOT 4935 Special Topics in Botany
REC 0317 Geographical Information Systems
GIS 3072C Geographic
Information Systems
BIO 0309 Island Biogeography

Program Fee: $14,656 (includes tuition, housing, meals, domestic airfare, insurance and fees). Students will receive two separate invoices, one from USFQ ($ 14,089) and one from the UF International Center ($192). A $375 deposit is due with the application.
 

Track 2: Marine Ecology

The Marine Ecology track combines course and field work which addresses the importance of marine conservation and the social aspects of marine management. Through their studies on the Ecuadorian Pacific Coast and the Galapagos Archipelago Islands, students will experience and study a variety of ecosystems, including the subtropical ecosystems of the Humboldt Current and tropical ecosystems of the northern Ecuadorian coast.
 
ECL 0335 Techniques Marine Research I
FAS 4932 Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms
ECL 0322 Techniques of Marine Research II
FAS 4932 Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (advanced)
ECL 0327 Marine Life
ZOO 4403C Marine Biology
ECL 0396 Marine Ecology
FAS 4270 Marine Ecological Processes
ECL 0324 Marine Ecosystems Based Management
FAS 4932 Fisheries Management

Program Fee: $ 16,734 (includes tuition, housing, meals, domestic airfare, insurance and fees). Students will receive two separate invoices, one from USFQ ($ 16,167) and one from the UF International Center ($ 192). A $ 375 deposit is due with the application.
 

Track 3: People, Politics and Environment

The People, Politics and Environment track explores the various economic, cultural and social issues that affect relationships between humans and their environment. Program participants will study ways in which societies adapt to diverse ecosystems on local and global levels. They will examine the economic, political, and societal transformations resulting from the tourism, fisheries, and agriculture industries, as well as from conservation efforts.

REC 0315 Wildlife Conservation Management
WIS 4554 Conservation Biology
REC 0316 Strategic Planning for Natural Resource Planning
WIS 4934 Special Topics: Strategic Planning for Natural Resource Management
ECL 0637 Political Ecology
ANT 0385 Island Socio Ecosystems
SYD 4510 Environment and Society
REC 0320 Climate Change
BSC 2862 Global Change Ecology and Sustainability

Program Fee: $ 14,656 (includes tuition, housing, meals, domestic airfare, insurance and fees). Students will receive two separate invoices, one from USFQ ($ 14,089) and one from the UF International Center ($ 192). A $ 375 deposit is due with the application.
 

Track 4: Sustainable Tourism

The Sustainable Tourism track addresses the importance of sustainability and the impact on the economy, the environment and society, as well as the global community. According to the UNWTO, in Galápagos, tourism demand reached 1 235 million international tourists, and tourism spending reached 1.5 trillion dollars during 2016. The arrival of tourists should benefit the natural environment and the communities, both economically and culturally. Students of this multidisciplinary track will examine
the components of the tourism industry and their interrelationships for a successful and responsible planning and management.
 
Wildlife Conservation Biology
WIS 4554 Conservation Biology
LEI 4905: Sustainable Tourism
Strategic Planning for Natural Resource Management
WIS 4934 Special Topics: Strategic Planning for Natural Resource Management
Travel & Destination Management
LEI 3301: Principles of Travel and Tourism
Island Socio Ecosystems
SYD 4510 Environment and Society

Program Fee: $ 14,656 (includes tuition, housing, meals, domestic airfare, insurance and fees). Students will receive two separate invoices, one from USFQ ($ 14,089) and one from the UF International Center ($ 192). A $ 375 deposit is due with the application.


Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the semester can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with the study abroad financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

A $375 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application.

What’s Included

Leon DormidoTuition, housing, meals, domestic airfare, insurance, fees.

What’s Not Included

Airfare to Ecuador, incidental expenses.


UFIC Study Abroad Advisor

Brian Henry
352-273-1522
bhenry@ufic.ufl.edu


Faculty Program Directors

Dr. Eric Hellgren

352-846-0552
hellgren@ufl.edu


Dr. Brett Scheffers
352-846-0570
brett.scheffers@ufl.edu