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Galapagos Islands

Study-Abroad Program · Summer · Four Weeks

Program Overview:

This four-week program allows students to experience the culture of Ecuador in the magnificent setting of the Galapagos Islands. Participants can take courses related to Linguistics, Latin American Literature and Latin American Culture/ History, as well as introductory, intermediate and advanced Spanish language classes. Students will have the opportunity to register for courses proposed by professors from Austin Peay. By participating in this Study Abroad Program, students will take part in the following activities included in the cost of the program: (1) Visit to Estancia Primicias (Tortoise Farm), Los Gemelos (Volcanic Craters), Lava tunnels, and Almuerzo campestre (typical Ecuadorian outdoor lunch); (2) Full day in  Island Isabela (includes lunch); Full day in Island San Cristóbal (includes lunch), (3) Tour of Bahía; (4) Darwin Research Center; (5) Tortuga Bay; (6) Fisherman’s Market; (7) Crafts Market and (8) Snorkeling.

Lodging and Meals:

Students will stay in the Hotel Mainao in Puerto Ayora. The hotel is centrally located and has a magnificent view of the ocean and free internet. Breakfast (fruit, eggs, yogurt, coffee, tea, milk, juice, bread and jam) and dinner are included. Lunch is not included unless specified in the excursions.


6-8 credit hours 


All APSU Spanish (language, literature, film, history, linguistics, business, translation, etc.) courses, at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, can be taken in this program. Also, check with the Spanish professors for the availability of new and exciting courses such as Detective Fiction, Science Fiction, Vampire and Zombies in Literature,  and Horror Films. Students can also take classes from the History and Philosophy Department. HIST 1210 (World History I) and HIST 3460 (Colonial Latin America), both courses taught in English, can be taken in Galápagos.

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:

A non-refundable deposit is due when completing the online appliacation that is due by February 15. The travel grant application is due by March 1.  

Financial Aid:

Your current scholarships and financial aid may apply toward the cost of the program. After you have completed your mandatory advising appointment with the Office of International Education, feel free to call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment with Cathy Naef or Jennifer Ellis.  Additional scholarships and travel grants are available through the Office of International Education.  View more information on financial aid.

Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo (Languages and Literature) at (931) 221-7487 or
Dr. Katherine Honea (Lanuages and Literature) at (931) 221-7117 or
Dr. Greg Hammond (History and Philosophy) at (931) 221-7865 or

Please see the U.S. State Department travel site for an up-to-date and extensive list of travel advisories.

Please review the Student Code of Conduct that applies to all students participating in APSU study-abroad and exchange programs.

Austin Peay State University reserves the right to make cancellations, date and fee adjustments, and any other changes that may be required.