AIFS Gap Year Abroad: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (J-Term)


Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS.

We provide all-inclusive, flexible program options to customize your gap year adventure around the world. Mix and match destinations and academic terms for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to earn college credits, immerse yourself in a different culture, acquire global skills and expand your life experience.

AIFS Gap Year Programs are available to high school graduates 18 and over. 

Earn 3 credits over 2 weeks in the stunningly pristine Galápagos Islands, Ecuador this January. Explore the diverse ecology of this archipelago studying environmental science at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Live in comfortable hotels while in Quito and traveling to different islands in the Galápagos and stay with a local family in a homestay while on San Cristóbal Island. Enjoy cultural activities such as guided tours and museum visits in Quito and field trips in the Galápagos to Frigate Bird Hill, El Junco, Galapaguera – home to the famous giant tortoises, La Lobería Beach to see the sea lions, Kicker Rock and more.

Earn 3 credits exploring the magnificent Galápagos archipelago and Quito, Ecuador. Study environmental science and the ecosystems of the islands in the course Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galápagos with hands on learning and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Round trip flights from Quito to the Galápagos and private transportation for program excursions are included while in Ecuador. Cultural and social activities include a welcome reception and orientation, guided tour of the Ecuadorian capital, a visit to the Quito historic center and Middle of the World Monument, a 2-day excursion to Santa Cruz Island and more.

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