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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program Minimum GPA: 2.2
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Open to all majors: Yes
Gen Ed Tags: K - Science, Technology, & Society, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:
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Course number: GES318KZ, 3 credits; ENS/BIO318KZ, 4 credits (see course description)

Course description 
Travel from our base in Quito throughout Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands, surveying the land, climate, plants, animals, homes, transportation, and industries. We will especially note the impact of human culture, presence, and activities. Sites include the Amazon rainforest, Andean cloud forests, volcanic mountains, highlands, towns, cities, & the Galápagos Islands. (NOTE: Course may carry cross-credit in biology or environmental studies, BIO318KZ or ENS318KZ, 4 credits, with additional coursework.)

• Laboratory Science "D" course
• Mathematics “M” course
• Applicants must have a 2.2 GPA and be in good standing

• General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society
• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural experience
• Biology elective (with additional coursework)
• Environmental Science elective (with additional coursework)

Course leaders 
Jeff Port, Biological Sciences,
Brandon Winters, Chemistry,

Enrollment 18 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors)


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Where: Quito, Ecuador and surrounding areas, & Galápagos Islands, 

Tentative Dates: 
January 4-26, 2022 

Jan 4           Depart MSP 
Jan 5           Quito
Jan 6-9        San Lucia
Jan 10-12    Casa Foch
Jan 13-14    Galapagos Islands
Jan 18-19    Isabela
Jan 20-21    Quito
Jan 22-25    Mandari Panga
Jan 26        Return to MSP
Estimated program fee: $6,500 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter- and intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, meals, and travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses (including sightseeing), passport, immunizations, telephone, laundry, and other personal expenses. 

Students can choose to do three separate payments for their interim course starting in the fall semester. Students can also use loans by checking with the financial aid office.

*See policies for more information
**Priority Deadline extended to May 7th, 2021**

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).
• Non-Bethel students will be considered for course participation after the priority deadline.


PLEASE NOTE: Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.


• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.
• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status. 


• The cost of interim tuition is covered for students who are full-time both fall and spring semesters. Students who are not full-time both semesters will need to pay the appropriate interim tuition costs in addition to the stated program fee.
• Students should review individual course descriptions and consult faculty to know exactly what is and what is not included in the program fee.
• Costs listed in spring promotional material are approximate and are based on a minimum of 15 students per course. Every effort is made to operate the program at the stated price. However, the OIS reserves the right to adjust fees due to dollar devaluation, fuel surcharges and general inflation. Final course costs will be set in September.
• Students will receive a payment schedule for their course in the fall. The program fee will be divided into three payments due September 13, October 11, and November 8. (Students taking out additional loans for their program will not be expected to meet those payment deadlines.)


• An accepted student must submit in writing their cancellation to the study abroad office on or before September 17th to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $150 deposit. Withdrawal forms are available in the study abroad office (CC320A).
• Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 17th. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund.
• If an accepted student withdraws after September 17th, they will not only forfeit their $150 deposit, but may be responsible for additional costs. After this date, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course fee may be forfeited. If the cancellation occurs after Nov. 13th, the student will be responsible for the entire program fee.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Interim/J-Term 2022 08/30/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: The Priority Deadline for Interim Abroad programs has passed. Any applications submitted after May 7th will be automatically added to the course's waitlist and considered if the course has not met their target number of students.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.