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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Boats, Campsites, Homestay, Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 16 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework in environmental studies, biology, ecology or related field
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Biology, Environmental Science and Policy, History, Natural Sciences, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Spanish and Latin American Studies
Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see http://globaled.duke.edu/finances/study-abroad-fee.

Explore the natural history of tropical ecosystems and the complexities of human adaptations to different environments in Ecuador. 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.

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.