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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Mindo, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; Tena, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

NOTE: Program Cancelled for Summer 2020


Rocky Shore

Quick Facts

  • July 10- July 23 (depart US on July 9)
  • Passport details are needed to book Galapagos flight by April 10
  • Experience three distinct ecosystems:  Andes Mountains, Amazon Jungle, Galapagos Islands
  • Visit the "Middle of the World", rain forest, hot springs, butterfly ranch, the largest indigenous market in South America, the Galapagos Islands and more!
  • Open to students outside with a 2.0 GPA or higher (must have completed freshman year)
  • Earn 3 BIO credits
  • Space is limited. Apply early!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Ecuador flora and fauna

Location Details

Visit  the capital city of Ecuador, Quito located in the Andean Foothills with day trips to many celebrated historical and cultural sites such as the Equator Monument, world famous Otavalo Indian Market, Papallacta thermal springs, dough village, chocolate factory, cathedrals, and museums.  
An environmentally unique location, as Mindo is where the Andean environment meets the lush, green lowlands. Explore the Tiputini Biodiversity Station and examine local communities’ sustainability.

A gateway into the Amazon rainforest, Tena is situated on the banks of the Napo River, a major tributary of the Amazon River, and offers students a chance to immerse themselves in perhaps the most biodiverse land ecosystem on the planet.
Take a small cruise ship for several days to discover the Galapagos Islands and savor the biologist’s dream of a lifetime – seeing stunning biodiversity and gorgeous oceanic views.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • General Biology I (BIO 181) & II (BIO 182)
  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Students must have completed freshman year by start of the course
  • Note: Passport will be needed by April 10, to get details for inter-country flight to the Galapagos Islands


Students will enroll in 3 credits. 

BIO 322: Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability

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Faculty Director

Kerrie Anne T. Loyd, PhD
Biology Lecturer
Office: Palo Verde, Room 102, ASU Havasu
Office Phone: 928-854-9718
Cell Phone: 678-485-7544


Sharon R. Harvey, PhD
General Education/General Studies Director, Faculty/Lecturer
Office: Palo Verde, Room 112, ASU Havasu
Office Phone: 928-854-9734
Cell Phone: 303-868-1273


Kerrie Anne Loyd
Kerrie Anne T. Loyd
Ecuador staff 
Sharon Harvey


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Program Housing

In all locations, students will stay in shared accommodations in hotels/hostels or lodges.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.The Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability Program requires frequent hikes through the forest and on islands on uneven and sometimes wet ground. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Ecuador, public transportation and most public and private buildings lack accessible facilities for students with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Ecuador, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur, and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Ecuador, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,370.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 3 credits, housing, in-country transportation including a round-trip flight to and from the Galapagos islands, entrance fee to enter Galapagos Islands, most meals, entrance fees for all group activities while in Ecuador, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance.
Not included: Airfare from the U.S. to/from Ecuador, some meals, passport, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 07/10/2020 07/23/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.