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  • Locations: Galapagos, Ecuador; Puyo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Hotels, Other Areas of Study: Biology
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Fee Final Payment: 876
Program Fee Full Payment: 3507 Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Credit Hours: 24 collegiate credit hours
Program Description:
GGC International Conservation Biology in Ecuador
Quito, El Puyo, Yana Cocha Rehabilitation Center, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador - Spring 24 - 1

About the Program

Study contemporary conservation issues in one of the world's most biodiverse regions!

The International Conservation Biology study abroad program 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.

On this spring break trip, you will visit TWO different locations in Ecuador that have different threats and approaches to the conservation of their diverse flora and fauna: the Amazon region and the Galapagos Islands.
      Ecuador - Spring 24 - 2             


This program will take place in Quito, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.

Final itinerary may include visits to:

  • Quito
  • El Puyo
  • Tamandua Ecolodge and Ecological Reserve in the Amazon rainforest
  • Yana Cocha Rehabilitation Center
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Charles Darwin Research Center
  • Isabela Island

Course Information

The program term is in the Spring 2024 semester. 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: March 1-10, 2024. 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: Travel to Puyo and arrive at Yana Cocha; afternoon seminar and activities.

Day 3: Travel to Tamandua; Learn about release of rehabbed animals, light traps, and frog walk

Day 4: Return to Yana Cocha; Learn about rehabilitation of wildlife.

Day 5: Wildlife rehab and travel back to Quito.
Day 6: Fly to San Cristobal island; Visit university and research facilities.

Day 7: Travel to Santa Cruz island; Visit Charles Darwin Science Center.

Day 8: Visit volcanoes.

Day 9: Visit "Muro de Lagrimas"; Return to Santa Cruz.

Day 10: Return to Quito and travel back to Atlanta.

Cost & Payment

Program cost: $3,507

**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?
  • Airfare
  • Room and board
  • International health insurance
  • Ground transportation
  • Excursions and activities
  • Taxes
What's NOT included?
  • GGC tuition & fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses (shopping, personal trips, etc.)
  • Unexpected incidents

Payment Schedule: 


Program/Application Fee: $30.00

1st Payment due October 31, 2023: $877
2nd Payment due November 15, 2023: $877
3rd Payment due December 15, 2023: $877
Final Payment due January 15, 2024: $876

**Please make note all payments are non-refundable upon receipt unless GGC cancels the study abroad program.
**Tuition and fees are 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 -
  • Program Specialist: Moriah King- (678) 407-5597 -

This program is currently not accepting applications.