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Ecuador

Dates

May 31 – June 22, 2019

Cost

Approx. $5,975 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Biology, Biogeography

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Ecuador program operates in odd-numbered years (2019, 2021, 2023, etc.).

KIIS Ecuador embraces the natural beauty of this South American country: snowcapped volcanic peaks, lush rain forest and the famous Galapagos Islands. This program will mainly focus on the biological sciences, visiting three diverse eco-systems. The program culminates in the Galapagos Islands, home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Note: Students should be aware that many excursions are physically strenuous involving hiking in lowland heat and humidity as well as in cold conditions at higher altitudes.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostels/Lodges, 2-6 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Prof. Ryan Kellyryan.kelly@kctcs.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

GEOG 328: Elements of Biogeography

Prof. Ryan Kelly

This course will examine interrelationships among climatic factors, vegetation biomes, soil-forming processes, as well as human alteration of the bio-geographical environment. The course will also examine the major evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes which have helped to shape the distribution of plant, mammal, avian and aquatic species across the Earth.

BIOL 316 Evolution: Theory and Process

Dr. Malcolm Frisbie

This course examines the set of diverse observations that supports the theory and examines the forces and mechanisms that cause evolutionary change. We will capitalize on the richness of tropical ecosystems by integrating the historical and modern observations and inferences made by others with our own observations in rain forest, tropical montane, and equatorial island (Galapagos Islands) ecosystems.

BIOL 475 Topics: Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation

Dr. Malcolm Frisbie, Dr. Jayme Waldron

Provides an overview of key ecological theories as they relate to biodiversity in the tropics. You will observe and study organisms in a wide range of habitats in the natural regions of Ecuador.

BIOL 475 Topics: Herpetology

Dr. Jayme Waldron

A survey of the reptiles and amphibians of Ecuador. Students will be introduced to ecological concepts, conservation issues, and field sampling techniques that are appropriate for tropical amphibian and reptile species. The course emphasizes field course excursions, exposing students to diverse amphibian and reptile habitats.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

What's Included

Program Cost: Approx. $5,975 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Tax & Transfers in Ecuador

Accommodations

Breakfast and Lunch

Groups Excursions & Transport

Quito-Galapagos Airfare & Galapagos Entry Fee

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $600 minimum), immunizations ($250) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,050 – $1,150

Important KIIS Ecuador Air Travel Notice: The KIIS Ecuador program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Ecuador with other students and faculty. The KIIS group flight option (known as Option 2) is strongly encouraged. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If you wish to purchase flights to Ecuador independently (Option 1), you must contact KIIS Ecuador program director Ryan Kelly at ryan.kelly@kctcs.edu, in advance of making your own independent travel plans.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

May 31 – June 22, 2019

Cost

Approx. $5,975 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Biology, Biogeography

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Ecuador program operates in odd-numbered years (2019, 2021, 2023, etc.).

KIIS Ecuador embraces the natural beauty of this South American country: snowcapped volcanic peaks, lush rain forest and the famous Galapagos Islands. This program will mainly focus on the biological sciences, visiting three diverse eco-systems. The program culminates in the Galapagos Islands, home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Note: Students should be aware that many excursions are physically strenuous involving hiking in lowland heat and humidity as well as in cold conditions at higher altitudes.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostels/Lodges, 2-6 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Prof. Ryan Kellyryan.kelly@kctcs.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

GEOG 328: Elements of Biogeography

Prof. Ryan Kelly

This course will examine interrelationships among climatic factors, vegetation biomes, soil-forming processes, as well as human alteration of the bio-geographical environment. The course will also examine the major evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes which have helped to shape the distribution of plant, mammal, avian and aquatic species across the Earth.

BIOL 316 Evolution: Theory and Process

Dr. Malcolm Frisbie

This course examines the set of diverse observations that supports the theory and examines the forces and mechanisms that cause evolutionary change. We will capitalize on the richness of tropical ecosystems by integrating the historical and modern observations and inferences made by others with our own observations in rain forest, tropical montane, and equatorial island (Galapagos Islands) ecosystems.

BIOL 475 Topics: Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation

Dr. Malcolm Frisbie, Dr. Jayme Waldron

Provides an overview of key ecological theories as they relate to biodiversity in the tropics. You will observe and study organisms in a wide range of habitats in the natural regions of Ecuador.

BIOL 475 Topics: Herpetology

Dr. Jayme Waldron

A survey of the reptiles and amphibians of Ecuador. Students will be introduced to ecological concepts, conservation issues, and field sampling techniques that are appropriate for tropical amphibian and reptile species. The course emphasizes field course excursions, exposing students to diverse amphibian and reptile habitats.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

What's Included

Program Cost: Approx. $5,975 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Tax & Transfers in Ecuador

Accommodations

Breakfast and Lunch

Groups Excursions & Transport

Quito-Galapagos Airfare & Galapagos Entry Fee

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $600 minimum), immunizations ($250) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,050 – $1,150

Important KIIS Ecuador Air Travel Notice: The KIIS Ecuador program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Ecuador with other students and faculty. The KIIS group flight option (known as Option 2) is strongly encouraged. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If you wish to purchase flights to Ecuador independently (Option 1), you must contact KIIS Ecuador program director Ryan Kelly at ryan.kelly@kctcs.edu, in advance of making your own independent travel plans.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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