Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Texas A&M University applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Agriculture, Agriculture - Ecosystem Science & Management, Foreign Language - Spanish, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Liberal Arts - Political Science, Science, Science - Biology
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
Language courses available:
Language requirement:
Language of instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Advisor:
Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Katy Lane Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Additional features: Research
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Galapagos Islands Campus

Study Abroad Advisor

Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz
Students with Sea Turtl

Helpful Links

USFQ Galapagos Islands Extension
USFQ webpage
USFQ International Program Information
UFSQ Exchange Student Orientation Manual
USFQ Course Listings
USFQ Information on Home-Stays
USFQAcademic Calendar
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Travel Guide Ecuador 
Travel Guide Galapagos Islands
Currency Converter

Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Galapagos Islands Campus
Fall and Spring Semesters
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Established by Universidad San Francisco De Quito (USFQ) in 2002, the Galapagos Islands campus was created with the support of the Galapagos National Park, the Municipality of San Cristobal, and the local government. The program recognizes that effective environmental conservation requires accessible and sustainable economic alternatives for the local people. It is with this focus and understanding that the research on the Galapagos Islands seeks to promote the development and replication of sustainable, non-extractive economic opportunities through access to quality higher education. Since its establishment, the Galapagos Islands campus has become one of the most important education research entities, hosting more than 250 national and international students every year.

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic origin located along the equator in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,000 km (600 miles) off the west coast of Ecuador. The USFQ campus is located in the island of San Cristobal, the capital of the Galapagos, in the city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which has a population of approximately 6,000 people. The islands are famous for their vast number of unique species and were studied by Charles Darwin. In 1978, UNESCO recognized the islands as a World Heritage Site. On San Cristobal, students are surrounded by some of the most unique wildlife species on the plant. Students will have the opportunity to observe Chatham mockingbirds, blue footed boobies, masked boobies, frigate birds, pintail ducks, gallinules, pelicans, giant tortoises, sea tortoises, crabs, sea lions and much more.

  • This program is open to all majors.
  • Must have completed the required courses listed below for each track program
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide 1 letter of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty member (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during:
  • Spring Semester (January to May)
  • Fall Semester (August to December)

Students partaking in the semester programs have the opportunity to choose between three tracks:
  • Marine Ecology (Completion of at least one course in general biology and one course in ecology is required prior to exchange)
  • Evolution, Ecology and Conservation (Completion of at least one course in general biology and one course in ecology is required prior to exchange)
  • People, Politics and the Environment (An intermediate-level of Spanish is highly recommended, but not required)
Features Include:
  • Personalized, small classroom settings
  • State of the art teaching, research and laboratory facilities
  • Hands-on classes and field trips
  • Visits to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuadorian highlands, a cloud forest
  • Free Spanish lessons
  • Experience Ecuadorian culture and the opportunity to live in one of the most unique and amazing places on earth, the Galapagos Archipelago Islands
  • 4-day cruise and tour of the Galapagos Islands
  • Ph.D. trained professors with vast teaching, research and field experience

Students take five courses worth three credits each all taught in English. Each class lasts between two to three weeks. During the student’s first month in Ecuador, they will take classes at USFQ’s main campus in Quito.
 They will also visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, a cloud forest and the Antisana Volcano. The other four classes are held at the campus on the Galapagos Islands during the last three months of the study abroad experience. The courses taken by students are determined by the track he or she chooses. More information about the program and what courses the student will be required to take on the program can be found on the program information page.


Since the program moves from location to location throughout Ecuador, housing is a combination of homestays and hotels. Students stay with carefully screened host families in Quito for the first module and with host families in San Cristobal for the remainder of the semester. During overnight excursions, students stay in hotels.

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus.
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition and Fees $5,200
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid to USFQ Galapagos
Accommodations $3,743
Galapagos Academic Field Excursions & Marine Fee $8,194
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,400
Meals $500
Textbooks, Supplies, Visa (if needed), Passport, Misc. $645+
Personal Spending $1,000+
Total Estimated Cost $20,882+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison $13,762+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

Additional Information


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 


College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"Studying abroad in Ecuador was one of the best experiences of my college career. I spent a spring semester there, which improved my Spanish conversation skills more than years of taking Spanish in high school and in college. The best thing about living in Quito was that travelling independently was very easy. Four to eight hours on a night bus from Quito and you could be anywhere from the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest, to a relaxing weekend at the beach, or on your way on a weekend trek in the Andes. I will never forget the friends I made there, the nights spent salsa dancing, and getting lost in the most beautiful places...... Nothing beats the satisfaction of coming home, and realizing you survived life and studying in a foreign country while not knowing the language perfectly, all while meeting some of the most interesting people after not knowing a single person. I am a definitely a more confident and decisive person now after spending several months there."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student