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International Programs Study Abroad

Semester Abroad in Ecuador

GAIAS: Magnificent rock formations out on the ocean. Hiking with the Oregon group in Salasaka Swing off the edge of the world

Almost every person living in the Galapagos Islands is aware of their fragile environment in which they live in and they respect nature and other living organisms. Living in the Galapagos Islands for 3 months was truly a blessing, and an amazing opportunity. I cannot wait to return.
Joey Gale ‘14


Students can chose to study at:


  • Fall semester (late Aug to mid-Dec) or spring semester (early Jan through mid-May)
  • Students majoring in Spanish may study a full academic year at USFQ

Additional Requirements

B average in Spanish language and Sophomore or higher standing.


  • Minimum 2 years of college Spanish
  • B average in Spanish language classes


  • Minimum 1 year of Spanish
  • One course each of biology and ecology required for the "Evolution, Ecology, & Conservation" track and "Marine Ecology" track


  • Participants in both programs must attend a mandatory orientation organized by Linfield during a designated weekend in March.  See the time line.


  • Students live with host families in both programs.



  • USFQ Academics
  • Students take regular university classes taught in Spanish with Ecuadorian and other international students.
  • Small class sizes, similar to Linfield.


  • GAIAS Academics
  • Students begin at the USFQ campus one month before going to the GAIAS campus.
  • Tracks of study include: Human Ecology and Marine Communities, Evolutionary Biology, Native and Introduced Plants, Population Ecology and Marine Life.  Each track normally includes 5 intensive courses, taught in English in three-week modules.

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