SIT Comparative Ecology and Conservation

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research, fieldwork, and independent study; courses are taught in Spanish. Students earn four Scripps courses. On-site orientation and regional fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: N. Neiman Auerbach
  • Fields of study: Social sciences, environmental studies
  • Eligibility: 8.0 cumulative GPA; completion of Spanish 44 at Scripps; course work in environmental studies, ecology, biology or related fields
  • Size of the student body: Students are from small private liberal arts colleges and research universities in the US
  • Number of program participants: 25

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes, hotels, and field camps. Meals are taken with the host family or with the group during study tours.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to mid-December
  • Spring: Late January to mid-May


  • Advising Tips: One faculty reference is required for this program.
  • Visa Information: The visa for this program is approximately $300. All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
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