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Fact Sheet:
Cristina Sosa
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Biology, Environmental Sciences, Latin American Studies, Natural Resource Studies, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science, Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Spanish, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation
Host Institution:
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Language(s) of Instruction:
Additional Requirements:
Ecology & Conservation in Galapagos" and "Marine Ecology" programs, Politics and the Environment in the Galapagos" program recommended, Completed one course each in general biology and ecology for the "Evolution, Intermediate Spanish level for "People
Program Provider:
Program Type:
Community Service Learning, Independent Research, US/Int'l Student Center, Volunteer Component
Family Home Stay
In Classes With:
Mostly US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Sem Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Full-Time, Internship Credits, Undergrad Research
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Galapagos Academice Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) offers full-semester programs in English to international and national students of the biological and social sciences. The area of "Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in the Galapagos" targets students of the biological sciences, while the "People, Politics, and the Environment" track is aimed at social science students. A Marine Ecology program on marine life and ecosystems is also offered.


GAIAS is located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Archipelago on the island of San Cristóbal. This small bayside village is the oldest settlement of the Archipelago and has a population of around 6,000 inhabitants, most of whom make their living principally by artisanal fishing and tourism.


The semester-long programs each consist of five intensive 3-credit courses, all taught in three-week modules. As part of the GAIAS courses, you will also visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazonia, and at USFQ's Riobamba campus in the highlands. In the Galapagos, the courses include outings to various sites and a 4-day cruise in the archipelago. In addition to the core courses, GAIAS also offers optional Basic Spanish and an Introduction to Digital Photography. As a GAIAS student, you will also able to participate in fieldwork, volunteer work and/or independent research projects for credit.

Living Arrangements

You will live together with other GAIAS students in a program residence building.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.