Ecuador/Galápagos Islands Program

The Vol State Ecuador program will be an exciting and unique opportunity for students to visit and explore the Galápagos Islands during the Spring Break of 2022. The Galápagos Islands is considered a Mecca for biologists. Students will learn biological concepts in a living laboratory, be challenged to think critically and creatively, and be exposed to and learn about other Ecuador’s rich culture and history.

Course topics may include the study of native and invasive flora and fauna, the survival of the native species, factors responsible for thriving of invasive species, and the study of endangered and endemic species. Courses include BIOL 276T Special Topics in Biology (1 credit hour) with Professor Girija Shinde and BIOL 1030 Essentials of Biology (4 credit hours) with Professor Rufus Darden.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application online at
  2. Ask one of your Vol State professors to be your reference before you submit his or her name to TnCIS. This recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline.
  3. Submit your nonrefundable $100 application fee to the Vol State Business Office. Be prepared to show proof of your application submission when you pay.
  4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges you have attended to TnCIS. To request your Vol State transcript, visit the Records & Registration Office. Once logged in, choose Pellissippi State Community College and under the office option, Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS). All Vol State transcripts are processed electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse.
  5. Submit a Vol State study abroad scholarship application.
  6. Ask a Vol State professor or a work supervisor to submit this online recommendation form.
  7. Participate in a personal interview (to be scheduled after the scholarship application).

If accepted, you must register for your study abroad courses through the Vol State student portal during the normal registration period and attend the mandatory student orientation session for your program.