Faculty-led Program on the Galapagos Islands
“…by far the most remarkable feature in the natural history of this archipelago…is that the different islands to a considerable extent are inhabited by a different set of beings…I never dreamed that islands, about fifty or sixty miles apart, and most of them in sight of each other, formed of precisely the same rocks, placed under a quite similar climate, rising to a nearly equal height, would have been differently tenanted.”
---Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle
Through this program you will have the opportunity to literally walk in Darwin’s footsteps, experiencing and observing the flora and fauna of these unique islands. Hike with giant tortoises in their native habitat, see blue-footed boobies courting their mates, bask with marine iguanas on the rocky shores and snorkel with the great diversity of tropical fishes.
I would 100% suggest this [program] to others. It is an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. - 2022 participant
I wouldn't change anything on the trip as it had good pacing and a good variety of scheduled vs non scheduled activities. The academic project was also great because we got to make it our own with the topics that interested us. - 2023 participant
Dates & Deadlines
App Deadline: December 15, 2023
Program Dates: Monday, June 3 to Saturday, June 15, 2024
The study abroad center is no longer accepting applications for this program at this time. If you are interested in this program, please fill out the waitlist form below:
BIOL 1059: Biological Diversity and Conservation (3 credit hours)
Talk to your academic advisor about how this course would work for you!
- This course can fulfill a variety of credit options, such as UNIFI elective credit.
Charles Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle, including his time in the Galapagos Islands, was the inspiration for his theory of descent with modification or evolution by natural selection which serves as the basis for the field of biology. The Galapagos Islands represent one of the richest and most unique ecosystems on the planet. However, human activities including the recent, massive increase in ecotourism has greatly impacted the islands and threatens the biodiversity. Through this program you will have the opportunity to literally walk in Darwin’s footsteps, experiencing and observing the flora and fauna of these unique islands. We will hike with giant tortoises in their native habitat, see blue-footed boobies courting their mates, bask with marine iguanas on the rocky shores and snorkel with the great diversity of tropical fishes. We will also observe the impacts humans have had on the islands and the current efforts being made to preserve this unique and important ecosystem.
Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the course is scheduled for the summer. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on academic requirements.
The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in their study abroad course.
The program will require participants to walk several miles a day at a leisurely pace over uneven surfaces, along with a few cases of steep steps. All participants must follow instructions from naturalist guides at all times while in the Galapagos.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Estimated Program Cost: $6,174*
*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
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Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to study abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the university
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.