Study Abroad in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Study Abroad in The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: Academics

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

La Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is one of Ecuador’s top-ranked universities and the only private, liberal arts university in the country. Founded in 1988, USFQ is a community of 7,000 students and 300 professors and is a global leader in education, research, creativity, and entrepreneurship in Latin America. USFQ opened its extension campus on San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos in 2002 to promote conservation in the Galápagos through education and research.

Academic Overview & Policies

Earn 3 credits taking an Environmental Science course taught in English.

Academic field visits with USFQ faculty and naturalist guides give students vital insight into the Galápagos’ environmental characteristics and supplement classroom based teaching.

Admissions requirements Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted numbers of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Credits are in parentheses. Credits are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 contact hours in the form of class time or experiential activities (excursions, visits, and lectures at sites).

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. An official copy of the transcript will be mailed to your home college or university on completion of the program.