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  • Locations: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program OverviewOUS Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands hovering near the equator, about 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador. The islands are considered a part of the national park system of Ecuador. A declared marine reserve, whale sanctuary, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a Biosphere Reserve, the Galapagos Islands are home to many rare, endemic animals. With a population of about 30,000, only 5 of the 19 islands are permanently inhabited. Students will study on San Cristobal, an island of approximately 215 square miles. 

Program Focus

This program will begin in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Students will visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station within the Amazon Jungle. After one month of coursework in Quito, students transfer to San Cristobal, within the Galapagos Islands, for the remaining three months of the program. Students may choose from three tracks of study:

  • Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in the Galapagos
  • People, Politics, and the Environment in the Galapagos
  • Marine Ecology
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Program Provider IE3 Global
Program Dates Current IE3 Global Calendar

Fall Semester with IE3 Global = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with IE3 Global = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Biology
  • Community Development
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • World Languages
  • General Sciences
  • International Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine-Ocean Sciences
  • Service Learning 
  • Sustainability
Credits Fall and Spring Semesters: Students enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during fall and spring terms
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay, Residence Hall
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement 1 year college-level Spanish recommended
Program Fee Click here to view the IE3 Global Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 

Program Fee Includes the following:

  • Academic and administrative tuition and fees
  • Room and board 
  • On-site support
  • Orientation expenses
  • Group activities
  • Accident and sickness insurance