Students select courses from one of three (or four) Academic Tracks in the biological and social sciences:
(1) Evolution, Ecology and Conservation
(2) Marine Ecology
(3) People, Politics and the Environment
(4) Sustainable Tourism
Each academic track consists of four or five intensive 3-credit courses taught in 3-week modules (worth 12 or 15 credits in total). For details about modules, click here.
The first module takes place near Quito in the main USFQ campus at Cumbayá. The middle three modules take place on San Cristobal Island, Galápagos.The final module returns to the mainland and also includes another excursion.
Students can take up to two courses from different tracks, assuming they meet any necessary prerequisites and spaces are available (see Academic Tracks). Students in all tracks also take a required Spanish conversation class (1 credit). Volunteer placements (non-credit) in San Cristobal are also available to interested students.
The first semester runs from mid-August to mid-December and the second semester runs from early January to May.
The Galapagos Program runs one 3 week module at a time for a total of 5 over the semester. The first module will take place on the main campus in Quito, the middle 3 modules will be in the Galapagos, and the last module will be back on the mainland and will include another excursion to the Tiputini Biodiversity station in the Amazon.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
- Evolution, Ecology and Conservation track: US$13,600
- Marine Ecology track: US$15,700
- People, Politics and the Environment track: US$13,600
- Sustainable Tourism track: US$13,600
The track fee includes housing and most meals, on-site orientation with lunch, a Quito city tour, academic excursions in the mainland and Galápagos, and round-trip ticket Quito-Galápagos.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.
Students stay with carefully screened host families in Cumbayá (Quito) for the first and last modules and with host families in San Cristobal Island for the remainder of the semester. During overnight excursions students stay in hostels or hotels. For details click here and go to the accommodation tab.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
The Galapagos Program is offered entirely in English.
For FAQs please click here.
Please note that a yellow fever vaccination is required.
Since this program is mostly located in less developed areas, students must have a flexible and adventurous attitude and understand that services (internet, phone, student services) will not be to the same standard as they have at home.