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  • Locations: Chontapunta, Ecuador; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Maquipucuna Biological Reserve, Ecuador; Otavolo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Lecture, Service-Learning
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) Scholarship Availability: Yes
College/School: CAES Academic Area: Animal Health, Animal Science, Avian Biology, Biological Science, Biology, Entomology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Minimum number of credit hours: 8 Maximum number of credit hours: 8
Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

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UGA- CAES- Tropical Entomology in
Ecuador and the Galapagos

Discover and explore Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands through this pair of limited-enrollment courses that combine lectures, field studies, and laboratory work with an active travel schedule through one of the world’s premier centers of biodiversity. 

Program Recognition by the Travel Channel
This program made the Travel Channel's “10 Bucket List-Worthy Study Abroad Programs!” Check out the complete article here:

Program Location

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The course travels to diverse tropical locations, including:

  • Quito
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Maquipucuna Reserve
  • Yachana Foundation Reserve
  • Otavalo

After on-campus orientation sessions, the class flies into Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, then spends a week on a yacht exploring the Galapagos Islands. The remaining time is spent in very different habitats - the cloud forests of the Maquipucuna Reserve, Yachana Reserve in the Amazon Basis, and highlands village of Otavalo, famous for its hand-woven textiles.

Contact Information

Dr. Marianne Shockley
Entomology Department 
413 Biological Sciences Building
Phone: (706) 542-1238

Amanda Stephens
CAES Study Abroad Coordinator
Phone: 706-542-5276

***Scholarships available for CAES students.

Academic Program

ENTO 4850/6850-4850L/6850L Tropical Entomology (4 hours)
Students will learn insect classification and how to identify insect orders and families. During daily hikes in-country students will also build a digital photo collection of tropical insects. Insect collection, preservation, and sampling techniques, as well as a lot of fascinating insect natural history will be covered as well.
ENTO 4960 Undergraduate Research in Tropical Entomology (4 hours)
Students will conduct original supervised research in the tropics. 

Program Itinerary
1st Summer Session 2018: Exact travel dates to be decided (likely June 16th - July 3rd).


All in-country travel, lodging and meals covered by the program fee.

Program Costs

Students pay a program fee, airfare and tuition/fees. 
Program fee + deposit: $4,940 

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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
This trip was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Summer 2016 Participant
I would highly recommend! This study abroad out reached my expectations

Tristan Ravi Horton, Summer 2016 Participant
This was an amazing program that exposed me to the wonders of Ecuadorian culture and the beauty of its landscape.

I have really enjoyed the experience and it has made me more excited to pursue my ecology minor. Also learning about the culture of Ecuador has left me wanting to study abroad again in the future.
     — Kendall Clay, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.