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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management


Galápagos Islands

Through partnership with University of South Carolina’s Office of Study Abroad and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management students have a variety of opportunities to live and learn in one of the most exclusive tourism and natural heritage destinations in the world. 

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located off the coast of Ecuador. The islands are treasured by biologists and explorers alike for their diverse ecosystem, idyllic location and wide variety of beautiful plants and wildlife.

As an academic setting, The Galápagos Islands offer students a special opportunity to become totally immersed in a global learning environment that epitomize subjects on sustainable tourism, tourism photography, scuba diving, and much more.

Two opportunities provide options for either shorter-term or full-semester study abroad experiences. 

Semester-long Exchange

Direct Enrollment

Live and learn in the The Galápagos Islands for an entire semester through UofSC’s direct enrollment partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito! Students study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Galápagos campus while living in a homestay on San Cristóbal Island, and spend four months taking five classes centered on sustainable tourism management taught in English by UofSC and USFQ faculty, all the while living on and exploring the majestic Archipelagos of the Galapagos. This course is offered in the fall only. Learn more. 

Three-week 2019 Maymester Course

Global USC in the Galápagos: Sustainability

During this three-week program, students study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Galápagos campus while living in a homestay on San Cristóbal Island and travelling to Isabella and Santa Cruz Islands. In May 2019, students have the choice of three to nine course credits: Latin American History, Photography and Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Eco-Tourism and more. Students participating in the Global USC in the Galápagos: Sustainability program are accompanied by a USC Study Abroad Office staff member, and courses are instructed by UofSC faculty. Learn more. 

For more information contact:
David Cardenas, Ph.D.
College of HRSM Associate Dean 
dcardenas@hrsm.sc.edu