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RIT Global

This program is a semester-long course on the Galapagos Islands that is followed by a two-week excursion to the islands. In class, you will learn about the volcanic origin of the islands, and about the unique animals and plants that live there.

You will see how this combination of geology and wildlife served as a key inspiration for Darwin's theory of evolution and will also learn about the human history of the Galapagos, and about the difficulty of balancing science and conservation with human needs such as fishing, farming, and tourism. In the Galapagos, you will travel to visitor sites on several islands to observe the geology and wildlife first hand.

There will also be snorkeling excursions where you will be in the water with sea lions, sea turtles, and if lucky, penguins and marine iguanas. Galapagos wildlife has evolved in the absence of man and the animals, therefore, are totally unafraid and can be approached closely. Accordingly, the opportunities for nature photography are endless. The trip will also include a tour of Quito, Ecuador's capitol in the Andes, and an excursion to the equator.

The course is open to all RIT students. No prerequisites are required. The class will take place in the Spring Semester and the trip to Galapagos will take place in early summer. Check out the trip online at

Travel Dates: 5/11/20-5/23/20
Credits: 3
Financial aid may apply and scholarships are available!

Application deadline: October 27, 2019

Program cost: A budget worksheet that outlines the program cost can be found here. Take a copy of the budget worksheet to a meeting with your financial aid advisor early in the application process to determine how your aid may apply towards program costs.

To Apply

1) Watch a short video to understand all the application steps for faculty-led programs.
2) Use the Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Checklist to make sure you are completing all the application steps.
3) Start an application in the Compass.

Galapagos Islands
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Course Discipline: 
Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science
Open To: 

RIT Students Only

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