• Freshman
• Enrollment in the Rainforests and Coral Reefs FIG is required in order to apply to and participate in the program. 
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Biological & physical science, environmental studies

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

Winter Intersession: Early January

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Ecuador, Multiple
UW Ceiba Rainforest and Coral Reefs FIG Field Expedition

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**This FIG program is scheduled to run winter 2019. The winter 2020 FIG is planned for Belize.

This 10-day learning adventure takes students on an in-depth scientific exploration of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. The program culminates the fall-semester Rainforests and Coral Reefs FIG. The program begins in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito, where you receive an orientation to the biogeography and culture of Ecuador. From there the group travels to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS), a world renowned scientific research station in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. At the station, you will receive an intensive review of the rainforest ecology material learned during the fall semester during guided hikes and explorations of the station’s canopy tower and walkways.

You will learn about ongoing research being conducted at TBS directly from researchers working there at the time. Instructor-mediated discussions on the process of scientific inquiry will help guide you as you develop a testable research question and conduct a small-scale field investigation in small groups. You will analyze the data and communicate the results orally and in writing on the last day.  A social outing to visit a local artisan market and dine on Ecuador food caps the program.

This program is offered in partnership with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, 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.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Summarize the main biogeographical and cultural regions of Ecuador
  • Design a research project that demonstrates appropriate principles of scientific investigation
  • Apply science process skills to formulate testable questions about rainforest and coral reef ecosystems
  • Engage with fellow UW students and faculty
  • Achieve personal development and the ability to adapt to a new culture