The Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program offers biology and environmental science majors the opportunity to spend a semester studying the vast and diverse ecosystems of tropical Ecuador through intensive hands-on experiences. The program consists of four ecology courses based on field research in the montane, tropical rainforest, and coastal regions as well as a Spanish language course. Ecology courses are taught in English by faculty from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Boston University’s Department of Biology. Upon successful completion of a semester, students earn 18 Boston University credits.

During the first nine weeks of the program students complete three upper-level ecology courses on the various ecosystems of Ecuador