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Galapagos, Ecuador

The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences is situated in a newly renovated airy and spacious facility of USFQ overlooking the bay of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital city of the Galapagos Archipelago on the island of San Cristobal. Even though instruction at the institute is in English, Linfield requires one year of Spanish for participants so that they can appreciate the local community more fully and engage in cultural activities. Semester-long courses are offered in Human Ecology and Marine Communities, Evolutionary Biology, Native and Introduced Plants, Population Ecology and Marine Life. Each program consists of five intensive courses, all taught in three-week modules and worth 3-credits each. Upon their arrival, students will study at the USFQ’s main campus in Quito where they will take their first module. They spend the remainder of the semester to complete four modules at the GAIAS campus in the Island of San Cristobal, Galapagos. Students are encouraged to engage in community service as part of their study at the GAIAS in such areas as pest control, waste management, introduced species control, in day care centers and in local schools. (www.usfq.edu.ec/GAIAS) Organized field trips and cultural activities supplement coursework in both Quito and the Galapagos

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