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Neotropical Ecology in Ecuador

The tropics, which occupy about seven percent of the Earth’s surface, contain the bulk of our biodiversity (maybe as high as 50%), and they also are the regions that are experiencing some of the highest rates of destruction. At the current rate of destruction, the tropical forests will be completely gone in less than 200 years. The destruction of tropical systems is having many adverse consequences: regional and global climate patterns are changing, potentially important medicinal compounds and other useful products are disappearing, and we are losing much of our biological heritage. There...

Sustainable Development in Latin America

Ecuador provides an ideal setting for exploring issues related to sustainable development. The course will examine the tensions, challenges, and possibilities for reconciling development and conservation in the dry tropical forest zone, a critically important and globally imperiled ecosystem. Course activities are held in Quito and in Bahía de Caráquez. During the first week of the program, students will stay in Quito to take an intensive Spanish course and visit organizations dealing with sustainable development practices. The following three weeks of activities will be developed in Bahia de...

IE3: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Exchange

In this program you will study in Quito at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito . You may study Spanish language and culture and/or take regular university coursework in a number of subjects. You are encouraged to participate for an academic year, but semester options are available. The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) provides excellent support for students who wish to focus on Spanish language and culture, as well as regular university coursework with Ecuadorian students in the social sciences, sciences and humanities. A dynamic institution, the USFQ has garnered a reputation for...

IE3: Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS)

The IE3 Global program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-GAIAS Institute (Galapagos Islands) provides opportunities for you to focus on biological and social sciences within the Galapagos archipelago. The program is ideal for students who want to study the natural environment and evolution in an amazing location first chronicled by Charles Darwin. The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) program offers natural and social science courses taught in English. GAIAS provides you with a rare opportunity to live and study on an archipelago populated by unique...
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