Skip to Content

Login: Cornell Users | External Admin
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
SIT: Ecuador, Comparative Ecology and Conservation
Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Program Dates &
Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction::
English, Spanish
Core Program Attributes::
Direct Enrollment, Project-based Program
Minimum GPA::
Housing Options::
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel/Guest House, Other
Approved by::
Open to::
junior, senior, sophomore
Program Advisor: Alexis Santi
Program Description:

Explore tropical ecosystems and the complexities of conservation efforts in Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.

turtleThis program looks at the entomology, geology, ornithology, mammalogy, flora, and natural history of Ecuador’s unique ecological zones. Students visit the high sierras of the Andes, the epiphyte-rich cloud forest, the rugged snow-lined páramo, the vast rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and spend a week on the Galápagos Islands. Students apply biological and ecological techniques such as quadrants and transects, engage in biological monitoring for plants and animals, and learn to conduct population studies, water and soils analysis, and other techniques.

Major topics of study include:
  • Ecology of Ecuador’s four distinct ecological regions: the Andes, the coast, the Amazon, and the Galápagos Islands
  • Major plant and animal adaptations
  • Local natural resource use
  • Ecuador’s current environmental challenges
  • Social and economic concerns related to conservation challenges 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.