Program Overview

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 plants, animals, and other forms of biodiversity. In addition to the small class size and individualized attention, most classes include field trips and fieldwork. You will also have many opportunities to participate in excursions to different locations in the Galapagos, and GAIAS offers various options to participate in community service projects.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: IE3: GAIAS in the Galapagos Islands

Additional requirements

  • Completion of at least one course each in general biology and ecology. For the People, Politics, and the Environment in the Galapagos program: two years of college-level Spanish recommended.

Application process

Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for IE3 programs involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the application deadline. Early application is advised. 

1. Completion of the GEO online application.

2. Completion of the IE3 online application, which includes the following:

  • Essays
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts

Please note that students cannot begin the interview process until both applications are complete.

Application fees are due at the time the applications are submitted and are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult IE3.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester201702/15/2017Mid-AugustEarly December
Spring Semester201810/15/2017Early JanuaryMid-May

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.