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Ecuador: Comparative Ecology & Conservation

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Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Location: Quito, Ecuador


Through this interdisciplinary, field-based program, students complete an independent study project and learn about the diverse ecological zones of Ecuador, major plant and animal adaptations in each zone, appropriate uses for natural resources, current environmental issues and management practices, as well as Ecuadorian life and culture. Classes are taught in Spanish.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields. 
  • Spanish majors and minors must discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an SIT application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

2 years (completion of Spanish 121-3 or 125) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.


Urban and rural homestays, hostels, and hotels
Meals included

Program Costs: 

Fall 2016: $23,900

Billed by Northwestern: $21,470

Estimated additional costs: $2,430

  • Airfare: $510
  • Local travel: $200
  • Books & supplies: $70
  • Personal expenses: $1,050
  • Visa: $450
  • HTH: $150

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid for study abroad is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Schedule an Appointment

  • Schedule with Sara McGuinn for advising appointments before January 3rd

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