Environmental Science within the Galápagos Islands 


Final Up to date on November 18, 2021 by AIFS Overseas

Sea lions, big tortoises and penguins – oh my! Discover the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands this summer season. Get impressed by the identical places that influenced Charles Darwin’s principle of evolution and pure choice.  

On the subject of discovering the fitting research overseas location to discover environmental science and biodiversity, it’s arduous to select a greater vacation spot than the Galápagos Islands. Situated about 600 miles west of Ecuador’s mainland within the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are dwelling to many endemic species (species discovered nowhere else on Earth). In actual fact, scientists estimate that about 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles and land mammals and greater than 20% of the marine species are distinctive to the Galápagos.  

Research Environmental Science Overseas within the Galápagos 

Earn as much as 3 credit taking the course Ecosystems and Biodiversity within the Galápagos this summer season. The course is predicated on the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) extension campus on the island of San Cristóbal and taught by USFQ school. By way of classroom discussions and experiential studying, you’ll discover how colonization threatened the ecosystems of the islands and study in regards to the completely different approaches taken to attenuate these threats during the last 50 years. You’ll additionally talk about how the choices of at the moment will impression the way forward for the Galápagos.

Coffee Culture Overseas: The Galapagos Edition | AIFS Study Abroad
AIFS college students at a neighborhood natural espresso plantation within the Galápagos Islands.

College students learning overseas within the Galápagos additionally study outdoors the classroom. Your classroom studying is enhanced via discipline journeys the place you may expertise the biodiversity and sustainability efforts of the islands firsthand. Discipline journeys embrace a number of snorkel excursions, chook walks and a go to to La Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Station. You’ll additionally discover the sustainability efforts of the islands via discipline journeys to a neighborhood recycling plant and an natural espresso plantation.  

USFQ and AIFS promote conservation and sustainable tourism within the Galápagos Islands via training and analysis. All visits on the islands are to designated customer websites. Moreover, the AIFS Inexperienced Initiative supplies carbon offsetting for all AIFS flights. 

What’s it like learning overseas within the Galápagos Islands? 

“My expertise with AIFS Research Overseas within the Galápagos was past something I may have imagined. I discovered a lot inside and outdoors of the classroom. The workers on the journey had been very nice at making me really feel protected whereas overseas and in a brand new place that’s out of my consolation zone in additional methods than one.” – Olivia B., AIFS in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador alum. 

“I consider the tempo and depth of [the course I took] enhanced my studying probably the most via interactive lessons and professors who had been excited to show us about Charles Darwin and the speculation of evolution. We had been taught within the classroom for 3 hours a day and had been then in a position to make use of this data to go on afternoon discipline journeys and study these ideas in better depth. These discipline journeys allowed us to really feel extra engaged with our class matter and helped me discover my very own self-interests.” – Isabel S., AIFS in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador alum. 

“Undoubtedly one of the crucial distinctive experiences of my life. With the ability to discover the Galápagos after which see how life is completely different on the mainland in Ecuador was really distinctive. And it’s not only for science majors! Anybody can discover one thing on this journey that may encourage them.” – Julia L., AIFS in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador alum. 

Able to spend your summer season exploring wildlife discovered nowhere else on Earth? 

Summer Study Abroad: Environmental Science in the Galápagos Islands 



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