• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.75 cumulative GPA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Applicants must be eighteen years of age. A minimum of two semesters of biology or ecology and first semester university-level Spanish or 2 years of high school Spanish is required. As swimming and snorkeling are an integral part of the program, you must be able to swim.
• First Semester university-level Spanish or 2 years of high school Spanish.
• Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students.


Biological & physcial science, environmental studies, humanities

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Field Research Station, Local Hosts

Program Duration

Spring Semester: Early January - Mid May

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2014-15  10/3/2014

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Ecuador, Quito
Ceiba Tropical Conservation Semester: Galapagos, Andes and Amazon

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Offered through the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation (Ceiba), this spring semester program in Ecuador is co-sponsored by UW-Madison. The Tropical Conservation Semester is an intensive, adventure-learning experience providing training in the ecology and natural history of the tropics, practical experience in conservation and scientific research, and immersion in Latin American culture. This program is ideal for third and fourth year undergraduates in biological, environmental, political or social fields with an interest in international conservation. You'll even earn Honors credit for your work done in Ecuador! From day one you are involved in Ceiba's ongoing conservation projects in Ecuador, including reserves that you will visit, and a variety of programs to which you can contribute throughout (and beyond) the semester.

During the program, you'll hike through rough, broken, or very muddy terrain (sometimes under very 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.