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IES Abroad Quito and Galápagos Islands Summer - Environmental Studies
Although Ecuador is only about the size of Colorado, it is one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet. Four eco-regions—the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands—offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attract biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. In addition to the country's natural riches, Quito is an architectural jewel known for the warmth and hospitality of its residents.
Based in Quito and featuring three weeks of field study in the Galápagos Islands, this program allows you to study issues of environmental management and preservation, while exploring Ecuador's rich ecology. The program is organized in cooperation with the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). All Environmental Studies courses are taught in English, and previous Spanish study is not required.
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NOTE: Program dates listed in Studio Abroad are approximate. Please refer to IES Abroad predeparture materials for planning travel.
Sit back, relax, and dream about the adventures that await you in Ecuador. First, imagine exploring Quito's vibrant neighborhoods and admiring the beautiful colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, picture yourself studying the ecological diversity of the Galápagos Islands, standing on the equator in Mitad del Mundo, and hiking the mountain rainforest in Loja Province. Pack your bags now—South America awaits you.
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To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:
- Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
- Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.
After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.
UMD partners with IES to offer affiliate program options to UMD students across the globe. You will maintain your UMD student status while abroad and you will work directly with IES program staff as a participant on their program. Your EA advisor will assist you with this process and can answer questions you may have.
Academics on an IES program
All IES courses are considered for transfer credit. Field studies, internships, and other experiential courses require explicit approval by exception from your academic advisor or college advising office for credit transfer. Study tours and classes offered on a pass/fail basis are not transferrable.
Transcript from an IES program
UMD will require the IES School of Record transcript from the University of Rochester in order to apply your study abroad credits to your UMD degree. The fee for the University of Rochester school of record transcript is $375 and paid to IES directly. This should be sent to UMD Education Abroad at the end of your semester abroad. IES will provide instructions and deadlines for submitting your School of Record Request.
Costs & Billing for an IES program
The affiliate program costs apply to this program. All fees are billed to your UMD student account unless otherwise noted. UMD students studying on IES semester programs will get a $2,000 discount off of the published IES program fee through the Public University Grant.
Please note that students on IES programs are exempt from paying the UMD mandatory health insurance as a comprehensive insurance policy is included in the IES program fee. You will also need to pay the $375 school of record fee directly to IES. More details about the specific fees for this program are available on the IES program page.
Once accepted to your IES program, you will pay a $500 deposit to IES directly. The remaining IES program fees will be charged to your UMD student account. You will be able to use any financial aid you have from UMD towards these charges.
Scholarships for this program are available through the UMD Education Abroad Fund and IES Scholarship Funds including the Diversity Scholarship, Disability Scholarship and need-based awards. Pell Grant recipients should also apply for the Early Aid Program to get a financial aid decision before you have even been accepted to your program!