AIFS Gap Year Abroad: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador (Summer)

Quito

Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS.

We provide all-inclusive, flexible program options to customize your gap year adventure around the world. Mix and match destinations and academic terms for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to earn college credits, immerse yourself in a different culture, acquire global skills and expand your life experience.

AIFS Gap Year Programs are available to high school graduates 18 and over. 

Spend the summer in the stunning Galápagos Islands with AIFS and earn 3 credits. Live in comfortable hotels while in Quito and traveling to different islands in the Galápagos; enjoy a homestay with a local family while on San Cristóbal Island. Enjoy cultural activities such as guided tours and museum visits in Quito, and field trips in Galápagos to Frigate Bird Hill, El Junco Lake, La Galapaguera – home to the famous giant tortoises, La Loberia Beach to see the sea lions, Kicker Rock and Puerto Chino to see blue-footed boobies.

The Galápagos program includes an environmental science course for 3 credits. Based at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Extension campus on the island of San Cristóbal and taught by USFQ faculty, you will study the major ecosystems of the Galápagos and learn about them first-hand on academic field excursions. Explore the designated visitor sites to discover species of flora and fauna that exist nowhere else on earth.

AIFS is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Comprehensive fees include tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Coordinated round-trip flight packages are available.

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