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  • Locations: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: John Dunleavy Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Standing: 1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 12 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Option: Hotel Program Open to: CSI Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


Spend your winter in the “living laboratory” of the Galapagos archipelago some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast.  The Galapagos are a “United Nations World Natural Heritage Site,” a national park, and marine reserve. But for you, they’re your classroom.  When you’re not in the Galapagos, you’ll be in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America.  Located in the Andean mountains at the foot of Mount Pichincha at 9,200 feet above sea level, Quito has a spring-like climate all year. Preserved colonial churches, convents, and palaces all contrast with the contemporary architecture of modern Quito to provide you with a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity.  Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is recognized as one of Ecuador's leading institutions of higher education. Quito is located in the Andean mountain region, more than 9,000 feet above sea level. The "living laboratory" of the Galapagos archipelago, set in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, consists of 61 islands and islets. The Galapagos are a "United Nations World Natural Heritage Site", a national park and a marine reserve.


You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Galapagos and understand how the Islands influenced Darwin's ideas regarding evolution during this unique three week field biology program offered in collaboration with the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY while earning 3 credits for BIO(H) 518 “Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation in Ecuador and the Galapagos.”  The field research component of the course focuses on the evidence presented by animals and plants of the Galapagos that illustrates the relationships among taxonomy, comparative anatomy, embryology, physiology, genetics, paleontology and the theory of evolution. In addition, you will spend time in the capital city of Quito learning more about Ecuadorian culture and participate in short service placements while there.

Throughout the program, you’ll be staying in local hotels and most of your meals are included.


Aside from the abundance of things to explore in the Galapagos, you will also be participating in excursions in and around Quito, including a city tour, visit to the equator, and a trip to Mindo cloud forest.


CUNY students only.  Students must be an honors student with the Macaulay, Verrazano or and equivalent honors program in their home CUNY school.  Students who have been on the Dean's List may also apply.

Date & Costs

Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available.  Please note all dates are subject to change.
 Winter 2020   January 2 - 17, 2020   $4,795

Included:  Tuition (3 credits), housing, some meals, in-country transportation, activities, field trips, orientations, and sickness and accident insurance, administrative fees 
Not included: International Airfare - $800, books, personal expenses and extra meals - $300-$500.

Typical deadlines are as follows:
Summer: March 15th
Fall: March 15th
Spring: October 15th
Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable extensions.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.