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The Oregon University System program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-GAIAS Institute (Galapagos Islands) provides opportunities for students from any of the Oregon University System (OUS) universities to focus on biological and social sciences within the Galapagos archipelago. The program is ideal for students who want to study the natural environment and evolution in an amazing location first chronicled by Charles Darwin.


  • The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) program offers natural and social science courses taught in English.
  • GAIAS provides a rare opportunity to live and study on an archipelago populated by unique plants, animals, and other forms of biodiversity.
  • In addition to the small class size and individualized attention, most classes include field trips and fieldwork Students have many opportunities to participate in excursions to various locations in the Galapagos
  • GAIAS offers various options to participate in community service projects

The Oregon University System International Programs are cooperative programs to which all students in public universities in Oregon and select private partner universities have access. The programs are predominately reciprocal exchanges that not only send students abroad, but also bring students to Oregon campuses. It is through these direct relationships that students and faculty connect with partner institutions abroad and bring diversity to Oregon universities.

Campus Contact

Eastern Oregon University

Janet Camp

Inlow Hall 109E
La Grande, OR 97850

(541) 962-3406

Oregon Institute of Technology

Deanne Pandozzi

Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885- 1847

Oregon State University*

Julie Van Hoosen or
Jennifer Jewett

International Programs
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 290 or

(541) 737-6459 or (541) 346-3972

Portland State University

Rachel Goff

International Affairs, East Hall 101
Portland, OR 97207

(503) 725-4195

Southern Oregon University

Mary Gardiner

International Programs
Stevenson Union 321
Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6336

University of Oregon

Luis Ruiz

International Affairs
Oregon Hall 330
Eugene, OR 97403

(541) 346-1128

Western Oregon University

Alaric Trousdale

Study Abroad &
International Exchanges
APS 501
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8493

* Also serves as the program Coordinator/Assistant.

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