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  • Locations: Galapagos, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Program Description:
Biology and Creative Writing in the Galapagos
Quito and Puerto Bacquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Martha Smith Caldas and Elizabeth Dodd

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QUICK FACTS
Summer 2018 Course with Summer 2018 Study Tour
Language Prerequisite: No
Courses and Credits:
  • ENGL 465 – 3 K-State undergraduate credits
  • BIOL 495 – 3 K-State undergraduate credits
  • ENGL 799 – 1-3 K-State graduate credits 
Important Dates and Deadlines:
  • Course Dates: May 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018
  • On-campus meetings - (Dates and Location TBD)
  • Tour Dates: May 16, 2018 – May 28, 2018
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • OIP Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2018
TOTAL ESTIMATE PROGRAM COSTS
Program Fees (Billed to KSIS): $4,998.07(includes international airfare, program provider fees, lodging/accommodations, group meals, events/tours/admissions, international health insurance, OIP administration fee, and bank wire fees).
Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$952.30 for one 3 credit hour undergraduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$1,904.60 for two 3 credit hour undergraduate K-State courses, including a $50.00 Global Campus Fee.
Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Graduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$1,268.80 for one 3 credit hour graduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
Additional Anticipated Expenses (Not Billed): $455 (for expenses such as individual meals, passport fee, optional immunizations). 

OVERVIEW
 

This study abroad experience will take place during the summer intersession, from May 16 to May 28 of 2018. The trip starts with a flight from Kansas City to Quito, capital of Ecuador, which sits almost at the equator. The group will spend two days in Quito for the initial orientation and visitation of historic sites in the city. The trip will continue to the Maquipucuna Reserve, located 50 miles northwest of Quito, considered one of the earth’s top three biodiversity hotspots, and to the Antisana Ecological Reserve located southwest of Quito.  Upon return to Quito, the group departs to San Cristobal Island for a period of six days. The return to the US requires a brief stop at Quito, from where the group flies back to Kansas City.
 
Biology 495: Independent Study in Topics in Biology
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The biology related portion of this study abroad will be based on the Andean region of Quito and the San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos, both places of global environmental importance.  The Andes houses glaciers, volcanoes, grassland, desert, lakes and forest.  After adjusting to the high altitude in Quito for a day, will be observe and study the great biodiversity of the cloud forest at the Maquipucuna Reserve located 50 miles northwest of Quito. In a day trip we will explore the Antisana Ecological Reserve, 45 miles southeast of Quito, located on the “paramos” or high lands of the Andes. The trip will continue to the Galapagos, where we will expend six days studying the marine environment. Exploration, guided observation, and group discussions in both environments will provide the students an opportunity to learn about evolution, speciation, endemism, extinction, and community ecology. Participants must be in good physical condition, capable of moderate to extensive walking, riding in boats, snorkeling, and be able to tolerate tropical heat and humidity. A minimum 2.5 G.P.A. is required.
 
English 465 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction/Travel Writing in Ecuador and the Galapagos
We’ll study the genres of Travel Writing, Personal Essay, and Research-based Nature Writing. Prior to our departure from the United States, you’ll receive a packet of readings and exercises on the fundamentals of nonfiction. You’ll need to complete some of the reading prior to departure; some you may complete either while we’re on the plane or after you return. You’ll receive a topic to research prior to our arrival in Ecuador; you will give a report on your findings when we arrive, sharing your new expertise with the group.
Your primary writing responsibility in Ecuador will be to keep a daily journal to record impressions, narratives, information, images...  A writer’s record of your experiences. I’ll give you some specific assignments to put in your journal, though much of it will simply be whatever most interests you from our excursions.
Drawing on your journals, you’ll complete two essays after we return.  For each of these, you’ll turn in an initial draft and then have a chance to revise after you’ve received my comments and suggestions. We will rely on Canvas to share your work; you’ll have the chance to read and comment on one another’s essays, too.
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ELIGIBILITY
  • Instructor permission.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • This program is open to everyone: credit-seeking students (K-State or Non-K-State) as well as non-credit participants. 


TOTAL ESTIMATE PROGRAM COSTS
Program Fees (Billed to KSIS): $4,998.07(includes international airfare, program provider fees, lodging/accommodations, group meals, events/tours/admissions, international health insurance, OIP administration fee, and bank wire fees).
Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$952.30 for one 3 credit hour undergraduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$1,904.60 for one 6 credit hour undergraduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Graduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$1,268.80 for one 3 credit hour graduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.
Additional Anticipated Expenses (Not Billed): $455 (for expenses such as individual meals, passport fee, optional immunizations). 

*Tuition/fee estimate is based on 2017-2018 K-State Tuition/Fee Schedule. Rates may change for different academic years
 
Note: Education Abroad and Kansas State University post all billable costs directly to students’ KSIS accounts at the start of the academic term in which the course is offered. For spring courses, charges will appear in late January; for summer courses, charges appear in mid-May; and for fall courses, charges appear in late August.
 

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Before you apply, please review some important information about scholarships and financial aid at http://www.k-state.edu/abroad/current-students/funding/
CONTACT INFORMATION

 groupMartha Smith-Caldas
Teaching Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Office Phone Number: 532-0867                               
E-Mail: mscaldas@ksu.edu
Office Location: 126 Ackert Hall
 
Elizabeth Dodd
Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Office Phone Number: 532-0384
E-Mail: edodd@ksu.edu
Office Location: English/Counseling Services Bldg. 113-A

Brent Holliday
Education Abroad Advisor
Education Abroad
304 Fairchild Hall
785-532-5990
bholliday@ksu.edu 

ALUMNI
Below is a list of students who have participated in this program in the past. They have consented to being contacted by interested students, so feel free to reach out to them if you have questions about their experience. They would be happy to speak with you.

Phoebe Loehr - Summer 2017 paloehr@ksu.edu
Marissa Komp – Summer 2017 mkomp21@ksu.edu
Kimberly Hughes – Summer 2017  kimberly319@ksu.edu
Jocelyn Flowers – Summer 2017 crimsonkiba@ksu.edu
Jannell Clampitt – Summer 2017 clampjan000@ksu.edu

*Program information subject to change. Please contact Education Abroad for the most updated details.