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Environment and Culture in the Galapagos

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Quinto, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Riobamba, Ecuador
Course # SA 21268
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 08/07/23 to 08/15/23

Program Leader
Purdue University
Rm 104 Agriculture Administration Building (AGAD)
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613
Email: AgAbroad@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description


  • Ecuador | August 7-15, 2023
  • Credits: FNR 49800 – 3 credits
  • Cost in 2023: $5100 which includes airfare, international medical insurance, housing, some meals, admission fees, transportation and 3 credits. It does not include some meals, personal expenses or souvenirs.

Elizabeth Flaherty
Kristen Bellisario
Megan Gunn

This course will introduce the unique environments and the culture of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador while integrating ecological topics including biodiversity, adaptation and evolution, biogeography, endemicism, and conservation biology. Students will learn about the history of the islands, explore diverse ecosystems in both marine and terrestrial environments, and will see wildlife species including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, frigatebird, sea lions, whales, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, Darwin’s finches, sharks, and many more. Students will also learn about human impacts on the islands resulting from climate change, invasive species, and tourism. The itinerary includes visits to Quito, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, and the Mindo Cloud Forest. Activities include hiking, snorkeling, a volcano walk, and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to meet with scientists and environmental educators. Students must be fully vaccinated and up to date against Covid-19 as defined by the CDC to join this program.  

This program is FULL for Summer 2023.

 Callout: September 28, 2022 at 4:00 PM in the Dean's Auditorium POWERPOINT SLIDES



Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

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