UMW in the Galapagos Islands | Ecology and Evolution



UMW in the Galapagos Islands

Ecology and Evolution


Program Dates

SpringIconFebruary 26 — March 6

Spring Break 2022


Register for this program by September 24, 2021. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received.

The UMW in the Galapagos program is currently full. Please contact Dr. Dolby if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

View our cancellation policy.

Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $3,189 due November 1, 2021.


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Guided tours and associated entrance fees
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • UMW tuition (may be part of your spring course load)
  • International visa
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
  • COVID-19 testing
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program includes strenuous hiking and snorkeling as part of the trip’s itinerary. Participants should be able to walk 10 miles within a 5-hour period and be comfortable swimming and boating in the open ocean.


Join Dr. Andrew Dolby and Dr. Michael Stebar for Spring Break among the fascinating flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Learn why this unique archipelago remains one of the world’s foremost living biological laboratories and models of conservation biology. Students will study the evolutionary concepts that lead to the unique ecology found on isolated island environments while examining the social and environmental sustainability issues involved in the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. This trip requires strenuous levels of activity, including hiking and snorkeling.

MEMO TO STUDENTS: Considerations for Travel Abroad Amidst Continuing Uncertainties


Students will be housed at local hotels and hostels.


In addition to the program travel during Spring Break, students will enroll in the Spring 2022 course BIOL 423: Ecology and Evolution in the Galapagos for 4 credits.  

This course satisfies the Beyond the Classroom OR Diverse and Global Perspectives general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 210) is a prerequisite for this course.  Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study; priority will be given to seniors and juniors. The program is also open to non-UMW students but enrollment in BIOL 423 for the Spring 2022 semester is required.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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