• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Applicants must be eighteen years of age. Previous University level biology, ecology or biochemistry course is required.
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students.


Biological & physical science, environmental studies

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

4 weeks in late May to late June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2015  3/6/2015
Extended Deadline: 3/20/2015

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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Offered through the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation (Ceiba), this program in Ecuador is co-sponsored by UW-Madison. This program is designed to provide participants with firsthand knowledge of and experience in some of the richest ecosystems on earth. Participants 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, participants 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.

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