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SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
Galapagos, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term
Year
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Fall 2017 02/01/2017
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 05/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Amy Suelzer
Scholarship Opportunities:
SIT Scholarships
Additional Opportunities:
Research
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Ecuador
Comparative Ecology and Conservation
PROGRAM OVERVIEW SIT Ecuador
Photo Courtesy: SIT
ACADEMICS
LOCATION
STUDENT LIFE
OTHER INFORMATION
 
    PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  Explore tropical ecosystems and the complexities of human adaptations to different environments in Ecuador's four distinct ecological regions.

This country is home to more than 1,500 species of birds and 10 percent of the world's known vascular plant species. Interactions with community members and local stakeholders who are grappling with conservation strategies within the context of heightened political, economic, and social pressures provide valuable context.

Major Topics of Study:
  • Ecology/biology of Ecuador’s four distinct ecological regions: the Andes, the coast, the Amazon, and the Galápagos Islands
  • Major plant and animal biological indicators and ecological adaptations
  • Forestry and field techniques, research analysis and bio-statistics
  • Local natural resource use
  • Ecuador’s current environmental challenges
The program base is historic Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Educational excursions take students to the high sierras of the Andes, the epiphyte-rich cloud forest, the rugged snow-line páramo, and the vast rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A guided, weeklong visit to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands provides access to plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.
   
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA. Major or minor in WU department that approves program. Additionally, students must satisfy SIT’s language and/or content area preparation requirements.

Program Dates:
Term Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring May 1
Please See SIT website for program dates
 
    ACADEMICS
  Approved Departments:

Environmental Studies
International & Area Studies

 
Coursework: Students typically earn 16 WU credits (6 for the core seminar, 4 for the independent study project, 2 for the field study seminar and 4 for language study. Language study on SIT programs is awarded general WU credit or, with the language department's approval, elective credit for the major or minor).
 
    LOCATION
  Quito, Ecuador - Galapagos
Students are based in Quito, where they live with a host family, attend classes, conduct fieldwork, and embark on excursions. Students receive lectures from local professionals in the fields of botany, forestry, entomology, ornithology, ecology, and natural history. Majestic mountains surround Quito, where Quiteños say they are living in "la cara de Dios," the face of God. UNESCO named Quito's elegant colonial center a world cultural heritage site in 1978.
 
    STUDENT LIFE
  Housing: Students live for approximately eight weeks with a homestay family in Quito. Host families are carefully screened and selected and, when possible, matched to students with similar interests. Host families are diverse in socioeconomic status, occupation, number of family members, and location in or around the city.

Students in this program also experience two shorter homestays, which take place during educational excursions. The first is with a family in a rural cloud forest and the second is on Isabela Island, the largest island of the Galápagos, typically in the small rural fishing town of Puerto Villamil.

Other accommodations during the program may include hostels, field camps, reserve lodges, and boats.

 

On-Site Support: SIT Study Abroad Support
 

    OTHER INFORMATION
  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.

Scholarships: SIT Scholarships
 
  Questions
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