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  • Locations: San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: CCU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/19/2018
10/24/2018 01/09/2019 05/12/2019
Fall 2019 03/12/2019 03/23/2019 08/14/2019 12/14/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Area of Study: Anthropology and Geography, Biology, Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management, Marine Science, Political Science
Eligibility: GPA: 3.0 College: College of Science, Wall College of Business
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing: Host Family
Scholarship Opportunities (not exhaustive): American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship, Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarship, Boren Scholarship/Fellowship, CCU College of Science Study Abroad Scholarship, CCU Honors Program Global Enhancement Award, Clara Carter Higgins Scholarship, Cultural Bridge Scholarship, Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship, Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grants, Foundation for Global Scholars, Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship, Gilman International Scholarship, Golden Key Scholarship, Hagan Scholarship, Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, Marilyn and David Domke Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant, Rainbow Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholarship, The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Scholarship, The Jane Gluckman and Carol Rausch "Go Global" Scholarship, The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship
Program Description:
GAIASIn 2002, USFQ established The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS), a world-class academic and research institution offering hands-on academic programs for international and Ecuadorian students alike. GAIAS has become one of most important educational and research entities in the Galapagos, developing relationships with universities from around the world as well as with national and international govermental and non-governmental organizations working for the conservation and sustainable development of the Galapagos.

The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago located along the equator in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador and has a population of around 30,000 people. The Islands´ fame is attributed to its vast number and variety of endemic species, as well as to Charles Darwin´s visit to the Islands during the Voyage of the Beagle in 1835. It was this visit to the Galapagos Islands that inspired his theory of evolution by natural selection. Ninety-seven percent of the land surface of the Galapagos Islands has been designated a National Park, and the Galapagos Marine Reserve, declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, has been described as the most attractive diver destination in the world.

Full-semester programs are offered in English to students in the biological and social sciences. Five intensive 3-credit courses are taught in three-week modules. Students will first study at the USFQ's main campus in Quito and then spend the remainder of the semester at the GAIAS campus on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. While on mainland Ecuador, students will visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon Basin and highland campus in Riobamba. In the Galapagos, students will visit various sites and take a 4-day cruise throughout the archipelago including the Charles Darwin Station.

CCU is a designated exchange partner of GAIAS, which means students may be eligible to attend as an exchange student and pay CCU tuition rates.  Exchange programs are run on a reciprocal basis and CCU is allowed a specific number of exchange slots that varies by year.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito - GAIAS: Quick Facts
Location  San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Student Population 250 students
Who can Apply All undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Academic Requirements Minimum 3.0 GPA required for admission
Language Requirements None
Courses Taught in English Students attending GAIAS have the opportunity to choose classes in the following areas of study: Marine Ecology; Evolution, Ecology and Conservation; People, Politics and the Environment; and Sustainable Tourism.  These courses are offered in English.
Tuition USFQ (GAIAS) Track Fees and CCU Study Fees - Non-Exchange
Accommodations While on the mainland for the first month, students stay with host families in Quito. While at GAIAS for the remaining semester, students stay with host families. 
Projected Budget  USFQ_(GAIAS) Cost Sheets_Updated for 2018-19.xlsx
Scholarships Visit our scholarship page
Additional Information Visit University’s website