Program Details

The Tropical Conservation Semester gives you a one-of-a-kind adventure in Ecuador, where you will immerse yourself in Latin American culture and language, and survey some of the most pristine and wildlife-packed sites on the planet.
San Cristobal, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

This 16 credit program includes 5 courses: conservation biology, terrestrial ecology and conservation, marine biology and conservation, conservation internships and Spanish language. Students live with host families throughout the semester, but spend over half the time traveling with faculty to various field stations in the Andean cloud forest and paramo, the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. For the last month of the semester, students conduct an internship with a local conservation or community development organization of their choice. This is a 5-month program, that takes place from January to May. We also offer a fast-pace, short term, 1-month summer program, Andes, Amazon, and the Pacific Coast. For details, see our courses webpage.

The Ceiba Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization that has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin - Madison to offer a fully accredited tropical conservation study abroad program in Ecuador. Our programs immerse students in the rich ecosystems and cultures of Ecuador, while providing hands-on training in conservation science and practice! Our rigorous programs are led by experienced tropical biologists active in conservation work.

This program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit some of the richest ecosystems on Earth and gain hands-on experience in conservation. Students are awarded 16 credits from the University of Wisconsin, Madison for their participation in the program.

Setting Description:
The program begins in Quito where classes in ecology and Spanish are held on a local university campus. Field trips during the semester include a 2 week stay at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon and 4 weeks on the Galapagos Islands, where students conduct independent research projects. During the internships, students apply their knowledge and skills in conservation biology and Spanish language to real-world projects being conducted by active conservation organizations.
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Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Diversity Scholarships

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