Timing: early/mid June – late July
Application Deadline: mid February

The Galapagos Summer Program, first offered in the summer of 2011, offers a rigorous academic learning opportunity in the Galapagos archipelago. Each summer, two different courses will be offered related to public health, marine sciences, human ecology and evolutionary biology in the Galapagos Islands. Both courses will include field trips and excursions to a variety of sites in the Galapagos, as well as classroom and field visits with people involved in local conservation and ecological issues such as fishermen, resource managers and local scientists. These activities will be a part of the formal course syllabus, and will provide field demonstrations to reinforce conceptual or factual content from class work. Students will receive six (6) credit hours for the summer program.

Language of Instruction

Courses will be conducted in English. Summer Program students will also receive 20 hours of non-credit, classroom-based Spanish language instruction at GAIAS provided by USFQ faculty, plus language practice with their host families on Isla San Cristobal.

The cost for the Galapagos Summer Program has run from $6,700 – $8,000, including airfare, tuition, fees, room, board, additional meals and personal expenses.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and rising sophomore status, and must be students of the campuses of the University of North Carolina system.

Coursework

The two courses will focus on the Galapagos Islands as a living laboratory for the study of ecology, environmental change, and the conflicts between nature and society. Students will receive 6 credit hours.

Both courses will include field trips and shorter excursions to a variety of sites in the Galapagos, and classroom and field visits with people involved in local conservation and ecological issues such as fishermen, resource managers, and local scientists. These activities will be a part of formal course activities and will provide illustrations and/or demonstrations of course conceptual or factual content.

  • ENVR 296-01S Special Topics: Humans and their Microbiological Footprint, taught by Jill Stewart (UNC – Envr Sci & Engineering) and Gabriel Trueba (USFQ)
  • SOCI 290: Population and the Environment in the Galapagos and Beyond, taught by Ron Rindfuss (UNC – Sociology) and Diego Quiroga (USFQ)

Contact Information

For more information about the Galapagos site, please contact Dr. Greg Gangi at 919-962-9805 or email ggangi@email.unc.edu or you can also contact Phil Page, Center for Galapagos Studies (philpage@unc.edu, 966-7668)

Visit the Center for Galapagos Studies’ page for a more in-depth discussion

The Galapagos Summer Program is offered by the Institute for the Environment in partnership with the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies, as well as Universidad San Francisco de Quito and its Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences.