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Of all the international locations Tar Heels can visit as part of Carolina’s study abroad, the Galápagos Islands are one of the most unique.
The Galápagos Islands have been a haven for researchers since Charles Darwin first set foot there in 1835, and Carolina students have the opportunity to follow in that tradition by studying at the Galapagos Science Center — a collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Galapagos Studies and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.
Carolina is the only U.S. university with a research center in the Galápagos Islands. Through the UNC Galapagos Initiative, Carolina offers a study abroad program in the Galápagos that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to earn six-credit hours of credit by enrolling in two three-week intensive courses in the Galápagos Islands. The initiative is committed to an interdisciplinary and immersive student program in the Galápagos that combines experiences in the classroom, field and lab.
A group of Tar Heels studying abroad this summer had the chance to hike up volcanic craters, snorkel in the ocean, fly drones over the landscape, join a beach cleanup and learn about the unique islands.