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Winter 2012: Ecuador and Galapagos PLSC
January 03, 2012 - January 25, 2012
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/09/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM156 Townsend Hall
02/16/2011 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM156 Townsend Hall
02/23/2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM156 Townsend Hall
03/07/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM233 Townsend Hall
03/16/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM318 Wolf Hall
03/23/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM156 Townsend hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
05/16/2011 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM049 Townsend Hall
09/12/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM156 Townsend Hall
10/12/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM156 Townsend Hall
11/14/2011 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM156 Townsend Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
09/08/2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMLaurel Hall Conference Room
09/09/2011 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMLaurel Hall Conference Room
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
This program accepts students on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply early if you would like to be considered for acceptance.

Program Description

Study in Ecuador and the Galapagos, one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse countries in South America. Ecuador provides a wide variety of equatorial ecosystems including volacanic peaks, mangroves, high altitude grasslands and the dry forests of the Galapagos Islands. The high Andean mountains offer a rare opportunity to study the plants and animals of the high paramo and altiplano and a wide array of unique animals such as the Condor. The Galapagos Archipeligo offers a one-of-a-kind outdoor laboratory for the study of ecology and ecological processes.

We will have an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and study evolution and endemism in one of the most unique places on the planet. In the Galapagos Islands, students will be living and learning aboard the 131 ft. Motor Yacht Coral I, owned and operated by Kleintours. Students will share double cabins, and all meals aboard ship for 9 days and 8 nights are included.

Lectures will take place each evening and field trips on land will occur each morning and afternoon as we move through the Galapagos Archipeligo. Additional lectures will be provided by Galapagos National Park guides as we hike trails of each island studying the plants, animals and ecosystems. Time will also be provided for snorkeling each day.

Students will also spend 3-4 days in the Galapagos (based on land) staying in double rooms in local hotels on 2 different islands. This will provide us with more time to study the interior of two of the larger islands.

Upon return to Quito, students will stay at the Hotel Café Cultura, sharing double or triple rooms. In Quito, you will sample the traditions of the Andean Cultura at local or regional markets and by touring the UNESCO protected old city. We will travel to the nearby Cotopaxi National Park and Pasachoa Reserve for 3 days to study the ecosystems of the high Andean region and will stay at Hacienda La Cienega for 2 nights sharing double or triple rooms.

Whether you are interested ecology, the culture of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, or seeing the cultural sites, this Winter Session in Quito, the City of Eternal Spring, and the Galapagos, the land of sun and bright blue water, is your chance to experience the land at the Middle of the Earth.

Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
PLSC 340: Plants of Ecuador (3 credits)
An introduction to the native plants of Ecuador including the plants of the altoplano, high Andean valleys, Amazon basin, coastal regions and the Galapagos Islands. Students will learn about the diversity of plants in the country, native species of plants, their local use and applications.
PLSC 367: Tropical Ecology (3 credits)
Ecology of major ecosystems of the high elevation of the paramo and altiplano in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The course will consist of a series of lectures in the Cotopaxi National Park near Quito and in the Galapagos
Islands and field trips to demonstrate techniques and provide field experience in tropical ecology.
UNIV 370-035: Study Abroad - Ecuador and Galapagos PLSC (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged as acceptances may be made on a rolling basis and the program may fill before the application deadline.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including a deposit and at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $300.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,814.00$4,865.00
Final Program Fee$7,400.00$7,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$9,244.00$12,295.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
Need- and merit-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All payments and application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program ApplicationJune 30, 2011
$300.00 DepositApril 15, 2011
$1,500.00 DepositJune 15, 2011
$2,000.00 DepositSeptember 01, 2011
Final Program Fee BalanceOctober 01, 2011
Tuition and FeesDecember 01, 2011
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Please note that the this program accepts students on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply early if you would like to be considered for acceptance.
Thomas Evans
Faculty Director
Plant and Soil Sciences
152 Townsend Hall
Rebekah Helton
Faculty Director
027 Wolf Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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