Study Abroad in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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Program Fees - January Term 2023

AIFS Inclusive Program Fee: $4,595

  • Tuition 3 semester credits
  • Housing with local families on San Cristóbal Island. Hotel accommodation is provided for the Quito and Santa Cruz Island sections of the program
  • Meals Breakfast and lunch in Quito, 3 meals a day on San Cristóbal and breakfast and lunch on Santa Cruz
  • Cultural and Social Activities Guided tour of Quito’s historic center and the Middle of the World Monument or Otavalo Market, visits to Frigate Bird Hill, El Junco Lake, La Galapaguera, La Lobería Beach, snorkeling excursion to Kicker Rock, Puerto Chino and Isla Lobos
  • Excursions Quito, Ecuador (2 nights at the start of the program and 2 nights at the end) and Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos (2 nights)
  • Welcome Event To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about your stay
  • Comprehensive Insurance and Assistance Package
  • Personalized Assistance by the AIFS Admissions Team in the U.S. to help you prepare for your study abroad experience.
  • Pre-Departure Resources including an information handbook and online AIFS account to help you manage your application and planning.
  • On-site Resident Director and Support Staff to help with any questions or advice you may need while on the program. AIFS operates a 24-hour emergency telephone service so that local staff can always be reached in an emergency situation.
  • Official Transcript On completion of your program, a transcript issued by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito will be sent to your home institution.

Optional Components

  • AIFS Flight Package (see below)

Please note fee does not include the non-refundable $95 application fee. Students not selecting the AIFS Flight Package are responsible for arranging their own flights according to the most up-to-date itinerary.

Optional AIFS Flight Package

For your convenience, AIFS will arrange your round-trip airfare including all fuel surcharges, taxes and fees), meet you at the arrival airport(s) and provide transportation to and from the program site on scheduled arrival and departure dates.

Green Initiative – Providing carbon offsetting for all flights

Estimated fees by departure city

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and are subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

J-term Program Flight Package


  • U.S. to Quito
  • Quito to U.S.

Airport Transfers

  • Airport to Campus
  • Campus to Airport

Fees by departure city

Des Moines$1,460
Los Angeles$1,060
New York$1,040
San Francisco$1,100
St. Louis$1,460

The optional flight package prices listed are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of invoicing. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

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