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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Ecuador: Tropical Field Biology and Conservation
August 1-15, 2021
Application deadline: TBD

Program cost: $4,500.00 (does not include airfare)

Course Description
This is an intensive, immersive study abroad course with a strong focus on experiential learning, design thinking, and engaged scholarship.  The course will be primarily based in Ecuador, with expectations for additional work before and after the international experience.  The course serves as a 3000-level elective in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and fulfills the EVST Methods requirement.  It includes a mandatory, zero-credit Service-Learning component of 20 hours (during the course), which will satisfy the first or second tier public service requirement.  Students will receive 3 total credit hours for completing this course.
Tropical Field Biology and Conservation gives students the opportunity to increase their understanding and appreciation of tropical biology, and to apply the theory and knowledge they have acquired in the classroom to the real world. Students will travel with instructors to Ecuador for a two-week intensive field course.  While on the course, students will receive regular lectures on tropical biology and conservation and will implement, and write up, field-based research projects related to the lecture material. Students will increase their knowledge base about tropical ecology and conservation and will experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of conducting field research and implementing conservation activities in tropical environments. These activities will take place within a context of community engagement based on active collaboration and interaction with Ecuadorian local residents in a variety of contexts. 
In addition to this engaged research experience, students will also be exposed to a number of conservation efforts. This includes visits to sustainable coffee and cacao production; environmental education initiatives; small-scale agricultural projects designed to improve the nutrition of local residents; and eco-tourism ventures. 

Learning Outcomes: Students in this course are expected to demonstrate that they have attained the following capabilities:

  • Basic factual knowledge of tropical ecology and conservation
  • Competence in collection, organization and analysis of data
  • Skills in written and public presentation of one’s own work and in critiquing the work of peers
  • An understanding of, and ability to write and speak about, engaged approaches to scholarship in tropical ecology and conservation. 

 Co-requisite or Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 2200 and Spanish are recommended, but not required. 

Program cost: $4,500.00 (airfare not included)

 Program Costs:
$4,500.00 is the total cost of the program. It includes:

  • Tuition
  • Room and Board
  • In-country transportation
  • Group Meals
  • Medical and Travel Insurance

The Center for Public Service is pleased to be able to offer merit- and need-based stipends for the Ecuador Program. Please complete and submit the CPS scholarships application as a part of your application for the program on the Study Abroad website in order to be considered. 

Students may apply other financial aid or existing scholarships to cover the cost of the Ecuador Program. 

Payments and deposits:
Please make all payments promptly. No guarantee is given if payment is not received on time. A deposit of $750.00 is due with the application. Once you accept a place on the trip, the deposit becomes non-refundable, and will be applied towards the total cost of the program.

Passport & Visas
A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Ecuador. Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries. For US passport fees and instructions see the U.S. Department of State site:

You must submit a copy of your valid passport as a part of your application to participate in the Ecuador Program. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the date in which you plan to leave Ecuador. There is no Visa required for students traveling to Ecuador, as long as they plan to spend less than 90 days in country.

Medical & International Global Rescue Insurance
All students participating in CPS summer programs are covered by a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through GeoBlue Travel Medical & International Health Insurance. This insurance is included in the cost of the program. The policy provides for accident, medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and family assistance coverage. The policy does not provide for trip cancellation or baggage loss. Students are also covered by Global Rescue. This insurance assists students with various medical and safety needs as well as emergency needs such as emergency evacuation (for non-medical reasons) if necessary. Students are required to enroll for membership at

Accessibility for the Disabled
Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to the physically challenged. Persons requiring special facilities should notify the specific program coordinator and the academic director as soon as possible (in writing). All effort will be made to accommodate but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.

Contact Information
For any further questions regarding the program, please contact:
Megan Narasimhan
Senior Program Coordinator for Internships and International Programs
Tulane University Center for Public Service
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This program is currently not accepting applications.