Application Deadline Extended!
As a supplement to its Biology curriculum, the College of Sciences has designed a study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in Tropical Field Research at UCF.
This course will explore the diversity of tropical terrestrial floral and faunal communities in Ecuador and the ecological processes that shape them, such as adaptations and ecological interactions.
The overall goals of this program are to expose students to the complexity of a tropical rainforest ecosystem, to introduce them to the diversity of plants and animals and to practice field research methods that help researchers better understand the organisms within this ecosystem.
By taking students into the rainforest, discussing the hypotheses previously learned in light of their new context and introducing them to techniques of tropical field ecologists, they will gain new insights into the tropics, ecology and conservation that can be applied elsewhere.
Participants will fly into Quito international airport and spend one night in the city before traveling to the field station at the Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary where the class will be based. The field station is located in the lower mountains at about 1,500 meters and boasts 487 species of birds and variety mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary abuts the 931,215 hectare Sumaco Biosphere Reserve.
Students on this program should plan to arrive in Quito, Ecuador by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel. Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking. Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.
Price breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:
Payment 1: $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2: $1000
Payment 3: $137.50
Payment 4: $137.50
BSC 2011 General Biology
PCB 3044 Principles of Ecology
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
The following services are not included as part of the program fee:
Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.