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  • Locations: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:
May 5 - June 2, 2019
Program Description: This four week program brings students to one of the world's most biologically-diverse island locations to study topics in statistics and general biology.  The participating students, while personally experiencing the incredible biodiversity of the Islands, will have the unique opportunity to complete their course work in a living laboratory that provides opportunities to personally see and experience many of the relevant biological concepts. Students in Elementary Statistics will learn the basis of probability and statistics, incorporating examples taken from research carried out on the islands. General Biology II is a continuation of the general biology one course. Emphasis will be on studying organisms, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and other related topics. All courses will incorporate the islands into their classwork to culminate in a unique academic experience that cannot be compared to a typical class in the US. Students will have the additional opportunity of being immersed in the local Latin culture and the Spanish language. 

Note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles per day.  You will also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities.  There will be significant time spent outdoors during the program.  Students will need to take appropriate precautions with sun exposure and drink plenty of water.

Excursions: There will be multiple excursions while on the Santa Cruz and the Isabella Islands as well as a planned day trip to one other Island of the Galapagos.  Excursions may include visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station, Bay tours, Santa Cruz highlands, Cierra Negro Volcano on the Isabela Island and the North Seymore Island. Other optional day tours, the costs of which are not covered by the program, may also be available if you choose. 

Courses: Students may take 1 course (3 or 4 credit hours) in the following:
  • General Biology II: BIOL 1120
  • Elementary Statistics: MATH 1530
Generally, classes will meet six days a week.  Lectures will be held in the mornings and the labs will be held in the afternoons.

Accommodations: Students will share rooms with other same-gender students in clean, comfortable hotels. Students will be provided 2 meals daily. Given the structure of the program and the resources available in some locations, the program may not be able to accommodate students with specific dietary preferences. If you have dietary concerns, please contact TnCIS.

Program Fee:
The program fee is made up of the application fee and program fee (airfare included). All fees are paid at your home institution. Students are also required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $100 by February 1. This fee will be paid through your Study Abroad application.

Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
  • International airfare from Nashville
  • Program lodging
  • Group excursions
  • Required ground transportation
  • Two meals daily
  • Limited health insurance
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Tuition for 4-credit hours
  • Transportation to and from Nashville
  • Passport
  • Textbooks
  • Personal spending money

A $100 U of M administration fee is already included in the given program price, but students will need to pay the TnCIS Application Fee, which is not included in the program price. 

Application Procedure: In addition to the study abroad application due February 1, applicants will need to complete the TnCIS application by February 1. This application includes the online form, official transcript, and a letter of recommendation.