Why Quito?Although Ecuador is only about the size of Colorado, it is one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet. Four eco-regions—the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands—offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attract biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. In addition to the country’s natural riches, Quito is an architectural jewel known for the warmth and hospitality of its residents.What You'll StudyBased in Quito and featuring three weeks of course-related trips in the Galápagos Islands, this program allows you to study issues of environmental management and preservation, while exploring Ecuador’s rich ecology. The program is organized in cooperation with the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). All Environmental Studies courses are taught in English, and previous Spanish study is not required.
Study the flora and fauna of Ecuador through course-related excursions to destinations such as Galápagos Islands, the Amazon region, and the highlands.
Participate in English-taught Environmental Studies courses with a focus on Ecuador.
Improve your Spanish skills through IES Abroad language courses. Previous Spanish study is not required.
Experience Ecuadorian culture by living in a homestay.
We want you to feel at home in Quito and THE Galápagos Islands, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in these cities. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.