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Global Seminar: Ecology & Evolution in the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
Program Terms: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Winter 2014-2015 01-JUL-2014 
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 NOTE: Program dates are TENTATIVE (December 29, 2014 - January 9, 2015) and subject to change!
Winter 2015-2016 01-APR-2015** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar, Field Study
 Areas of Study:
Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
3 - second-semester sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
1 Semester of College-Level Biology
 Housing Option(s):
Hotel/Hostel, Cabins on Ship
 Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), Any U.S. Institution, CU-Boulder
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
3 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
2 Weeks
Program Information:


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  • Study ecology and conservation in one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet.

  • Explore Darwin's wonderland: The Galápagos Islands!

  • Obtain hands-on experience in principles and practice of ecology and conservation biology.

  • Visit the Bellavista Cloud Forest, a rare and endangered ecosystem, in Ecuador.


Located in the Pacific Ocean, directly on the equator and approximately 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are rich in biodiversity and a showcase of evolution. You will have the opportunity to hike, snorkel and study on several islands, observing the flora and fauna endemic to the Galápagos Archipelago. You will also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation and research in the Galápagos Islands.




The program focuses on the connections between ecology, evolution, and the history of science in a place that forever links these foundational topics. This course is mostly field-based. You will engage in field observations and investigations on site. There are also pre-departure portions of this course, which will involve six two-hour meetings to prepare for the field-based experiential learning that will take place among selected islands of the Galápagos Archipelago. These campus-based meetings will take place during the fall semester.


The program runs for 10 days over winter break.



  University of Colorado
Course Levels

EBIO 4460: Ecology & Evolution in the Galapagos Islands


EBIO 4460 will count toward EBIO lab credit and/or will count towards the 6 hours of 4000-level EBIO courses needed for the major.


3 University of Colorado credits




This program will be led by Dr. Andrew Martin, a professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. He teaches evolutionary biology and his research includes evolutionary genetics of Prarie Dogs, Desert Fish, Sharks, Rays, and also the conservative genetics of Cutthroat Trout. Dr. Martin is also part of a teaching outreach initiative that seeks to educate and advance the understanding of evolution in America. He selects the Galápagos Global Seminar program participants, leads the pre-departure orientation, teaches the course, and acts as the program director in the Galápagos.


The day before traveling to the Galápagos Archipelago, you will visit the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. Cloud forests are a unique ecosystem found on coasts of Central and South America. Their water supply comes entirely from condensing water vapor. You will tour the reserve, observing the unique adaptations of plants and animals to this environment. You will also go snorkeling and hiking as part of field observations in the Galapagos Archipelago.


Upon arrival, you will spend two nights in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador's capital. You will then fly to the Galápagos Islands where you will stay in hotels. Most meals (included in the program fee*) are provided. Itinerary and housing is subject to change.


You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Ecuador and back, although specific flight times will be suggested to you. Note that most flights from/to the US are overnight flights.

Holbrook Travel will arrange for your transfer from Ecuador to the Galápagos Islands and back to the mainland.


This program occurs during winter break. However, the official university term is considered fall. You have class hours in the fall. This also means that the bill is due in September.

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  • Global Grant for IAFS and G-RAP Students: The International Affairs Program (IAFS) and Global Studies RAP (G-RAP) offer Global Grants for CU-Boulder Study Abroad Programs. The grants are $1,000 each and open to IAFS and G-RAP students only. To be considered you must apply for the CU-Boulder Study Abroad Scholarship (see the link above). Click here for more information on this scholarship.

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March. Click here to apply.







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