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  • Locations: Iquitos, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2019 05/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Culture, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography & Land Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, International Studies Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:




  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


Investigate the conflicts and synergies of conservation and development in the north Peruvian Amazon region. Learn firsthand about the ecological patterns and processes that underpin the extraordinary biodiversity of the Amazon region along the catchment of the western Amazon River and tributaries. Explore biological diversity and conservation, ecological interactions, and the value of ecosystem services, as well as the effects of climate change and land use on regional and global biodiversity and human well-being.


  • Assessment of biodiversity
  • Landscape ecology and Habitat fragmentation
  • Climate change
  • Conservation practice
  • Sustainability of rural livelihoods
  • Biogeography
  • Indigenous knowledge and histories
  • Ecosystem services and carbon markets


  • Field lectures on the overwhelming biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest and its causes at several key sites including Alpahuayo-Mishana and Pacaya Samiria
  • Research on monkey behavior and ecology
  • Observations on the impacts of extractive industries, such as logging and fishing in the conservation of Amazonian natural resources
  • Collaborations with local Bora indigenous groups in ways to address environmental concerns in their communities
  • Study highland tropical rainforests during a multi-day excursion to Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Compare the effects of climate change at different elevations during a multi-day excursion to a cloud forest lowland rainforests


Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.