• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Minimum of two semesters of biology or ecology.
• As swimming and snorkeling are an integral part of the program, you must be able to swim.
• 2.75 cumulative GPA
• First Semester university-level Spanish or 2 years of high school Spanish.
• 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, humanities

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Field Research Station, Local Hosts

Program Duration

Spring: Early January - Mid-May

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2018-19  10/5/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

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

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Take your academic studies to the Galapagos, Andes, and Amazon in this intensive interdisciplinary program in applied tropical ecology and conservation. Offered through the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation (Ceiba), this spring semester program in Ecuador is an 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 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.