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  • Locations: Coca, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Hotels, Other Areas of Study: Biology
Minimum Credit Hours:
24 collegiate credit hours Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
GGC in Ecuador

International Conservation Biology
Quito and Yasuni National Park

Skyline of Quito

About the Program

“International Conservation Biology” seeks to familiarize students with Ecuador as well as offer students a comprehensive exposure to the ecology, natural history, political and social conservation climate, and cultural trends of north western South America and Amazonia; it is a study of conservation issues in biodiverse developing nations and is, therefore, relevant for broadening the student’s perspective. The study of Ecuador’s cultures in this context will also provide students with a means of taking a more realistic and more comprehensive view of other cultures, Western and non-Western.


This program will take place in Quito and Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. Final itinerary TBD but may include visits to:
  • Amazon region
  • Teleferico Cruz Loma
  • Mitad del Mundo
  • Lago Verde, La Coca
  • Yasuni National Park

Course Information

The course offered in this program is:
  • BIOL 3450 - Conservation Biology (3 credits)

Dates & Duration

This program goes to Ecuador for one week during Spring Break as part of the class. Classes will be held before and after the program is completed.



*The itinerary is tentative and subject to change!
Day 1: Departure Atlanta to Quito

Day 2: Teleferico Cruz Loma; Pichincha; Mitad del Mundo

Day 3: Travel to Lago Verde, Coca

Day 4: Expedition to Yasuni by boat
Day 5: Hike in the Amazon

Day 6: Yasuni National Park - Jatuncocha Lagoon

Day 7: Return to Coca by boat

Day 8: Travel to Quito

Day 9: Departure Quito to Atlanta

Cost & Payment

Program cost: TBD (Airfare NOT included).  Students will make their own flight arrangements.  
**Please make note all payments are non-refundable upon receipt unless GGC cancels the study abroad program.

GGC tuition and fees are NOT included. Those must be paid before departure and must meet GGC deadlines for tuition and fee payments. 
What's included?
  • Room and board
  • International health insurance
  • Ground transportation
  • Taxes
What's NOT included?
  • Airfare
  • GGC tuition & fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses (shopping, personal trips, etc.)
  • Unexpected incidents

Payment Schedule:  TBD


International Education Fund (IEF)

All GGC Students who have a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5 and have earned 24 credit hours, are eligible to receive a International Education Fund (IEF) Stipend (Scholarship). You must complete the IEF Stipend Application in the GGC Education Abroad Portal by the deadline:
Term Abroad Deadline
Fall April 15th
Spring November, 15th
Maymester/Summer March, 15th

Award amounts, depending on availability of funds:
  • Less than 28 days: $500
  • 28 to 41 days: $700
  • 42 days or longer, up to $1500


The deadline to apply for this program is TBD

**Please make note all payments are non-refundable upon receipt unless GGC cancels the study abroad program.
**Tuition not included!



For more information, please contact the program directors, Drs.Caspary and Fernandez, or the Office of Internationalization.
  • Program Directors: Dr. Melissa Caspary - (678) 995-5622 - & Dr. Maribel Fernandez - (678) 516-6038 -
  • Asst. Dir. for Education Abroad: Ms. Cele Blair - (678) 407-5597 -

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.