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  • Locations: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador;
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: NC State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English NC State Students Only: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: DVM Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 0 no minimum language requirement
Additional Requirements: Restricted to College of Veterinary Medicine Students Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Group
Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: College of Veterinary Medicine High Impact, Experiential Opportunities: Research or Field Work Opportunities
Duration: Short Term Click here for a definition of this term Provider: NC State
Program Description:
This opportunity will allow DVM students to experience a unique, equatorial archipelago and much of its natural history offerings. The Galápagos Science Center (GSC) will serve as the base of operations.
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This opportunity will allow NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) students to experience a unique, equatorial archipelago and much of its natural history and cultural offerings. The Galápagos Science Center (GSC) will serve as the base of operations. The NC State team will work closely with staff from the GSC as well as the Galápagos National Park. Students will travel to Guayaquil and four islands in the Galapagos archipelago. Excursions will include guided tours of volcanoes, biking to see wild tortoises, snorkeling to see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea lions, and marine invertebrates.


All students will enroll in VCM 924 as part of this spring break study abroad program. The course will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, and learning excursions will cover a wide variety of zoological and medical topics dealing with native invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, and birds. There will be an emphasis on aquatic species and students will be required to complete an essay on a topic pertinent to the experience.


At the conclusion of this elective participating students will be able to:
  • Understand safe capture, restraint, physical examinations, and obtaining diagnostic samples from multiple species including sea turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, fishes, and marine invertebrates.
  • Describe the main anatomical and physiological attributes of the species listed above.
  • Describe some key health challenges to the species listed above.
  • Describe why so many of the Galápagos species are endemic and vulnerable to natural and anthropogenic challenges.
  • Explain the logistics involved with permits and protocols necessary to sample endangered species in a foreign country.
  • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of living and working on small, sparsely inhabited islands, where tourism is a key economic driver. 
  • Describe the importance of teamwork and how understanding and respecting cultures different from your own is important and productive. 

  • Courses
    • VCM 924: Galapagos Zoology & Medicine (1 cr.) 
  • NC State Program Cost
    • $1,730 (see budget sheet for total estimated cost of attendance)
  • Program Dates
    • March 9 - 19, 2019
  • Locations
    • Guayaquil, Ecuador
    • Isabela, San Cristobal, and Santa Cruz Islands, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Contact
    • Dr. Greg Lewbart
  • Eligibility
    • Currently enrolled DVM 3rd year students
    • 2.0+ GPA
    • Not on active disciplinary probation
    • Not on Academic Integrity Probation currently or during the prior semester

Housing in Guayaquil and on the Galapagos Islands in a hotel, with a shared double room. Breakfast is included. 

This program is considered a low-cost program, as the total estimated expenses are within $1,000 of the cost of attendance at NC State. See the program budget sheet for a breakdown of the estimate program cost.

Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information.

For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office. The scholarship deadline for spring study abroad is September 15, 2018!  Apply Now!

The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at:

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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.