Quick Info

  • Andes and Amazon Field School
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Biology, Environmental Studies
  • : March 3, 2018 - March 10, 2018
  • : In-State: $1,799; Out-of-State: $1,999
  • : November 5, 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


 This spring break program is designed to provide an introduction to tropical rainforests, ecology and Ecuadorian culture.  You will spend a week in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest at the Andes and Amazon Field School.  The course utilizes the environment and community surrounding the site to enhance the your  learning experience.  The course will be field based with supporting discussions.  There will be two common readers from which discussions will be based.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Walter Carson will serve as on-site faculty for this program. He received his Ph. D. in 1993 with Richard Root at Cornell University, performed his postdoctoral studies with David Tilman at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hubbell at Princeton University, and joined the Department in 1994.


Spacious rooms look out on the river and forest. Double or triple occupancy. Bathrooms in room with abundant hot water. High quality mattresses for a good rest. Sleep to the sound of frogs, the river, and heavy rain on the roof. Wake to the sound of birds.

Three meals per day are provided in a dining room with an expansive view of the Napo River. A single menu du jour is served family style to all guests. Recipes include a mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available. All meals are prepared with high standards of food safety.

Pricing And Dates

Spring Break 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$1,799 $1,999
Arrive in Quito Depart Quito
March 3, 2018 March 10, 2018


Keep in mind that dates may change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

But be prepared to purchase tickets as soon as accepted to the program, as spring break is a high season for traveling.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Ecuador Spring Break program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 1 credit
  • Accommodation
  • Roundtrip transportation from Quito to the Andes and Amazon Field School
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner while at the field school
  • Cultural activities that coordinate with the course
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Pittsburgh to Quito (estimated at $1200)
  • Personal expenses while abroad
  • Additional meals and incidentals

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Program Requirements:

  • Must have at least a 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 credits on-campus
  • Good disciplinary record at Pitt

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.