Spend Fall Term in the Galapagos Islands
UGalapagos is an exciting semester study abroad program that takes students and University of Miami faculty to the famed Galapagos Islands for a field-oriented semester of study. Through an academic partnership with Universidad San Francisco de Quito the program offers students a unique and varied catalog of course that will be taught by both, host University professors as well as our own UM faculty. 

Courses will be offered in each of the following tracks: biology, marine science, and environmental politics.  Excursions over the course of the semester will take you to places that tourists never see. You will snorkel with sea lions, manta rays and marine iguanas, visit bird rookeries, mingle with giant tortoises and hike into volcanic craters. If you love the outdoors, this study abroad experience is for you.  As a student you will live with a local host families affording you the opportunity to learn or improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in village life and culture. The homestay experience is a key part of the program that gives each student and host family an intensive intercultural and Spanish/English language exchange.

Straddling the equator some 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are geologically young, volcanically active and renowned for their vast numbers of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin in the 1830’s during the famous five-year voyage of the Beagle. In addition to their role as a natural “living laboratory” of evolution, the islands today also provide a unique opportunity to study and apply the basic principles of conservation biology and sustainable management, both for marine and terrestrial ecosystems.“When you first get to the Galapagos you are mesmerized by the beauty of the land, but as time passes you also come to know and love the people of the islands, an experience most Study Abroad programs fail to offer. The spirit of the Galapagos rubs off on you and you leave the islands with a whole new outlook on the world. The Galapagos will always be one of the best times of my life”. -Judy H.  (Student, Spring ‘10)

How to Apply
Undergraduate students between their sophomore and senior years are welcome to apply. The fall semester program is designed for biology majors, but students from other subject areas are encouraged to apply. Students from other universities and colleges are welcome to participate in the program. Some scholarship assistance may be available to non-UM students. Enrollment in each semester program is limited to a maximum of fifteen students. Applications for the fall term program will be available on November 5 and complete applications received by November 15 will receive early consideration. Applications for the spring term program are due on September 15. The final deadline for applications for the Fall program is March 1.Click here to apply.