• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Previous University level biology, ecology or biochemistry course is required.
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students and all degree-seeking undergraduate students at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Biological & physical science, environmental studies

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

Summer: July

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2017  3/3/2017

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Ecuador, Quito
Ceiba Tropical Ecosystems: Andes, Amazon, Pacific Coast

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Discover the extreme variety of ecosystems in Ecuador on this four-week field course (1 week online, three weeks in Ecuador). This program, offered through the Ceiba Foundation, is designed to provide you with firsthand knowledge of and experience in some of the richest ecosystems on earth. You will travel from the dry Pacific coast to the steamy Amazon rainforests of Ecuador, traversing the Andes Mountains along the way and studying the natural history and ecology of tropical ecosystems. This field course is taught by ecologists with over thirty years of experience in the tropics, and provides students with a solid background in ecological principles and field methods, while giving a realistic view of the biological, sociological and economic complexities underlying conservation issues.

During the program, you will hike through rough, broken, or very muddy terrain (sometimes under quite rainy or otherwise challenging conditions) to see some of the most remote and pristine ecosystems left on earth. Therefore, good physical condition and a sense of humor are essential for such field adventures.

The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is a non-profit organization offering field courses taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable staff. Their field courses provide quality education while taking you to some of the most remote and pristine ecosystems left on earth.

Note: The yellow fever vaccine is required for participants on this program.