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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Spanish Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Independent/Directed Research, Latin American Studies, Marine Science, Politics, Sciences, Social Policy, Spanish, Zoology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone Language level: Spanish 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 2.5
Program Description:


SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.

Explore tropical ecosystems, conduct biological fieldwork, and study conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.


You will live like a biologist as you explore the Amazon basin, the Andes, cloud forests, Pacific Ocean coastline, and the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador—unique climatic niches that harbor ecological treasures and a plethora of flora and fauna. Within these diverse and vulnerable settings, you will conduct biological fieldwork, studying plants and insects, taking soil samples, conducting species counts, using mist nets, and observing birds. You will also have the opportunity to live with two different homestay families: in capital city of Quito and the rural cloud forest.
See for yourself the importance of Ecuador’s biota as you learn from researchers during excursions to the Andean páramo highlands, the Amazon Region, and the Cloud Forest of North-Western Ecuador. You will also spend a week exploring the Galápagos Islands by land and sea.
Hone the Spanish language skills you will need to talk about environmental and conservation issues, conduct field research, and engage in institutional and community discussions related to ecology and biology.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.


  • Study biology and ecology in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.
  • Visit the Andes, the cloud forests, the Amazon basin, and the Galápagos Islands.
  • Live like a biologist: use field research methods to study plants and animals
  • Explore Ecuador’s current environmental challenges
  • Learn forestry and field research and analysis techniques


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.  



Academic Program
The program begins with a week of orientation conducted by the program director in Quito. Following orientation, students are placed in an intermediate or advanced Spanish course based on a placement exam. The academic program consists of:

Spanish for the Natural Sciences (0.75 Pomona credits)
Comparative Tropical Ecology (0.75 Pomona credits)
Conservation and Sustainability Practices in Ecuador (0.75 Pomona credits)
Environmental Research Methods and Ethics (0.75 Pomona credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (1 Pomona credit)

There is no CR/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements
Eight-week homestay in Quito. Brief rural homestay in cloud forest. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, field camps, reserve lodges, and boats. 

Number of students
SIT enrolls approximately 20-25 students, selected from a competitive national pool. 

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

  • Completion of advanced Spanish (Spanish 44), or equivalent, and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish.
  •  Previous college-level coursework or background in environmental sciences, ecology, or biology (environmental-related or field research), as assessed by SIT.
Faculty Liaison 
Grace Davila-Lopez

Travel Advisories

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA