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Ecuador

Dates

May 25 – June 15, 2021

Subjects

Biology

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

The KIIS Ecuador program operates in odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.).


KIIS Ecuador embraces the natural beauty of this South American country: snowcapped volcanic peaks, lush rain forests, 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 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Kentucky-Ecuador Partners $750 Scholarship: Download Instructions and Application

Director: Dr. Luis Sierra

Courses

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

BIOL 316 Evolution: Theory and Process

Dr. Stephanie Snyder and Dr. Malcolm Frisbie

This course provides students with a unique perspective on evolution through readings, discussions, and field observations of the very species diversity that inspired evolutionary theory. Students will learn the basic principles of evolutionary theory as well as their history as we travel through various tropical ecosystems.

BIOL 475 Topics: Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation

Dr. Stephanie Snyder and Dr. Malcolm Frisbie

This course provides an opportunity to explore tropical ecosystems while building an understanding of their structure and function. The course will consider biodiversity and conservation issues confronting societies in tropical regions through readings and first-hand observations of the natural resources and the local communities.

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

Quito

The colonial center of Quito became the second UNESCO World Heritage site ever chosen. We will visit colonial churches and plazas on a walking tour of the Old City.

Mitad del Mundo & Pululahua Crater

If you’ve ever wanted to be in two hemispheres at the same time, here’s your chance! We will visit the park astride the Equator before heading off to see the volcanic caldera at Pululahua

Yanayacu

Our excursion into the eastern cloud forests will enable us to see hummingbirds and perhaps catch a glimpse of a masked trogon, one of the most colorful birds in all South America. Don’t forget your raincoat… Yanayacu ca be quite wet!!

Shiripuno

Our Amazon field camp is an amazing place, some five hours by canoe downriver from civilization. We will spend multiple days with native guides exploring the tropical rainforest.

Tungurahua

Your chance to climb an active volcano (contingent upon local conditions).  We hike up the flank of the Tungurahua to see recent lava flows before returning to the spa town of Baños for a dip in a volcanic heated steam bath to sooth aching muscles

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi is the second-highest volcano in all of Ecuador and arguably the most picturesque.  We will take a guided tour around the base of the volcano, taking us through windswept alpine tundra and lava flows past and present.

Quilotoa Crater

An opportunity to see a volcanic caldera up close and personal.  The Quilotoa Crater at 3,800 meters also bears the honor of being the highest caldera anywhere in the world.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are home to the giant Galapagos tortoises, inquisitive sea lions, the famous blue-footed boobies and Pacific frigate birds along with a whole host of mammal, aquatic and bird species found nowhere else on Earth.

What's Included

Program Cost: $5,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Tax & Transfers in Ecuador

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Quito-Galapagos Airfare & Galapagos Entry Fee

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $200-$500 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), Vaccinations (approx. $250), any class readings/materials, 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.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,200 – $1,300

The group flight is required for KIIS Ecuador participants (any exceptions must be pre-approved by the KIIS Ecuador program director, Dr. Luis Sierra, sierral@thomasmore.edu). KIIS will purchase a roundtrip 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.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

May 25 – June 15, 2021

Subjects

Biology

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

The KIIS Ecuador program operates in odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.).


KIIS Ecuador embraces the natural beauty of this South American country: snowcapped volcanic peaks, lush rain forests, 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 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Kentucky-Ecuador Partners $750 Scholarship: Download Instructions and Application

Director: Dr. Luis Sierra

Courses

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

BIOL 316 Evolution: Theory and Process

Dr. Stephanie Snyder and Dr. Malcolm Frisbie

This course provides students with a unique perspective on evolution through readings, discussions, and field observations of the very species diversity that inspired evolutionary theory. Students will learn the basic principles of evolutionary theory as well as their history as we travel through various tropical ecosystems.

BIOL 475 Topics: Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation

Dr. Stephanie Snyder and Dr. Malcolm Frisbie

This course provides an opportunity to explore tropical ecosystems while building an understanding of their structure and function. The course will consider biodiversity and conservation issues confronting societies in tropical regions through readings and first-hand observations of the natural resources and the local communities.

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

Quito

The colonial center of Quito became the second UNESCO World Heritage site ever chosen. We will visit colonial churches and plazas on a walking tour of the Old City.

Mitad del Mundo & Pululahua Crater

If you’ve ever wanted to be in two hemispheres at the same time, here’s your chance! We will visit the park astride the Equator before heading off to see the volcanic caldera at Pululahua

Yanayacu

Our excursion into the eastern cloud forests will enable us to see hummingbirds and perhaps catch a glimpse of a masked trogon, one of the most colorful birds in all South America. Don’t forget your raincoat… Yanayacu ca be quite wet!!

Shiripuno

Our Amazon field camp is an amazing place, some five hours by canoe downriver from civilization. We will spend multiple days with native guides exploring the tropical rainforest.

Tungurahua

Your chance to climb an active volcano (contingent upon local conditions).  We hike up the flank of the Tungurahua to see recent lava flows before returning to the spa town of Baños for a dip in a volcanic heated steam bath to sooth aching muscles

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi is the second-highest volcano in all of Ecuador and arguably the most picturesque.  We will take a guided tour around the base of the volcano, taking us through windswept alpine tundra and lava flows past and present.

Quilotoa Crater

An opportunity to see a volcanic caldera up close and personal.  The Quilotoa Crater at 3,800 meters also bears the honor of being the highest caldera anywhere in the world.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are home to the giant Galapagos tortoises, inquisitive sea lions, the famous blue-footed boobies and Pacific frigate birds along with a whole host of mammal, aquatic and bird species found nowhere else on Earth.

What's Included

Program Cost: $5,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Tax & Transfers in Ecuador

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Quito-Galapagos Airfare & Galapagos Entry Fee

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $200-$500 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), Vaccinations (approx. $250), any class readings/materials, 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.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,200 – $1,300

The group flight is required for KIIS Ecuador participants (any exceptions must be pre-approved by the KIIS Ecuador program director, Dr. Luis Sierra, sierral@thomasmore.edu). KIIS will purchase a roundtrip 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.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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