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Galápagos Field Studies

The Galápagos archipelago is a group of 19 volcanic islands strung along the South Pacific Ocean, 1,000 km from the coast of Ecuador. The islands have been called a living museum and showcase of evolution. They are in the confluence of three ocean currents, creating a "melting pot" of marine species, from corals to sharks and even to penguins. The isolation of the islands has set the stage for the development of unusual animal life such as the marine iguana, the giant tortoise, and many types of birds.   

The UNESCO has classified the Galápagos as a World Heritage Center of Outstanding Universal Value, not only for its unique land and marine animal life, but also for its ongoing geological and geomorphological processes. 

North Lake College students will visit the islands to study the indigenous wildlife, explore marine and terrestrial habitats, and visit conservation facilities and evolutionary research stations. Students will study the evolutionary and geographical forces that created this unique ecosystem.

2020 Summer Program Information

  • 8 college credit hours (BIOL 2406 Environmental Biology and GEOL 1401 Earth Science)
  • Travel Dates: August 2–11 (dates may change, between August 1–3 for departure and August 9–12 for return)
  • Approximate cost: $4,700

Ready to register?     

Registration requires a $95 deposit with the automatic payment plan (recommended). 

Interested, but not ready to sign up?

Click on "Stay in the Loop" on this page or call the EF Traveler Support Line at (877) 485-4184 (M-F, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST).

Pre-trip Classes:

Classes will start in May and continue for 8 Saturdays prior to trip; all meetings are on weekends and online. Tentative pre-trip class dates of pre-trip classes:

May 23, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25

Class dates are subject to change. Detailed information regarding orientation and the final class schedule and locations will be provided in email announcements.