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Do I have to speak Spanish to study abroad in the Galapagos?

No, you can learn on-the-go! There are no language requirements for this program, and courses are taught in English.

What island do we stay on and where can we visit?

Classes and research projects undertaken in the Galapagos will be based largely at the GAIAS campus in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on Isla San Cristobal, with short stays on Isla Santa Cruz and Isla Isabela. On San Cristobal, students will be housed with families selected by GAIAS to host homestays, and the host families will provide breakfast and laundry services. On Santa Cruz and Isabela, students will be housed in hotels, with breakfast included. On each of the islands in the Galapagos there are restaurants within easy walking distance, most of which will have vegetarian options available on the menu or by request.

Are there opportunities for research?

Yes. If you are interested in research, please contact one of our faculty members to inquire about current projects.

Are there scholarships I can apply for to support my study abroad?

Yes, UNC Global offers a variety of scholarships you can apply for.
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Do I have to have a certain GPA to be considered for the program?

Yes, you need a GPA of 2.75 to be considered for the program.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Kelly Weaver for information about the Galapagos study abroad program.

Please contact Katelyn Brown-Gomez ( from the Study Abroad office for more information on study abroad programming generally.