Charles Darwin’s observations in the Galápagos led to a breakthrough in evolutionary theory—this volcanically-active island archipelago is one of Earth's natural treasures, home to plant and animal species not found anywhere else. This program focuses on both natural and social science questions of evolution, sustainability, tourism, and the idea of “World Heritage,” looking carefully at examples on three main islands: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela. Swim with sea turtles and rays, walk with giant tortoises, and observe marine iguanas and Darwin’s finches while considering the increasing impact of development on local ecosystems and human populations.
Prerequisite: GalapaGOs, The Islands as Paradise: Sustainable Truth or Sustainable Fiction?
Financial aid: Need-based aid may be available
- Directors: John Bodinger de Urarte, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Shari Jacobson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Antropology
- This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was a wonderful experience. If I do it over again, I would because the trip was that amazing. The food was great, the wildlife was amazing, and the scenery was incredible. It was definitely the best trip of my life(so far). - Chelsea Moran, 2017 program
- The Galapagos go short program was the best experience of my life. It challenged me in ways that I had never been challenged before and I came out if the trip with a new outlook on how people around the world navigate through life and how no matter where we are from we can always find connections to one another. - Corinne Weikel, 2017 program
- Fully immersing yourself into another culture, especially one where you do not know the language, is a life-changing experience and I am so fortunate that Susquehanna and the GO program gave me that opportunity. There are many staples of life here in the US that we take for granted, and I feel more humbled and grateful for all that is given to us here after my experience abroad. -Jennifer Workoff, 2017 program
- Check out this article on Emily Sella -- overcoming her fear of sharks through the GalapaGOs program
About GO Short:
Through intentional programming, students make the most of their short-term study abroad on GO Short programs. You will study away with Susquehanna faculty/staff leading a small group of Susquehanna classmates, all of whom have participated in the program’s preparation (i.e. GO Prep) course in the semester prior to departure. After an intensive, active program, there is a reflection course for the program to optimize your cross-cultural learning. As these programs run during winter or summer breaks and are 2-6 weeks, they are great opportunities for students to study away without committing to a full semester.
Photo Credits: John Bodinger