TCS PROGRAM APPLICATION
STEP 1: Learn About The Program
Before you get started, please read the Program
Information Packet, which contains important details on the course structure,
prerequisites, schedule, enrollment, and trip planning. All applicants
must read the program packet prior to applying -- it will answer many of your
STEP 2: Wisconsin Application
Submit application materials through the University of Wisconsin Study Abroad Application Site.
University credits are provided by UW to students from any U.S. or Canadian university. For more information, please contact the IAP office (106 Red Gym, 716 Langdon Street, 608-265-6329, firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit
STEP 3: Ceiba Application
Submit the Ceiba Online Application Form.
Note that the Tropical Conservation Semester is offered through a partnership between the Ceiba Foundation and the University of Wisconsin; therefore, separate applications to both organizations are required.
All application materials are due by Friday, October 7.
Students outside the U.S. and Canada should
apply directly to the Ceiba Foundation, and will receive a transcript from our university partner in Ecuador. Please contact
Ceiba for application
materials, and talk to your own study-abroad advisor about transfer
Students from non US & Canadian institutions please
send materials to:
Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
Tropical Conservation Semester
301 S. Bedford Street, Suite 7A
Madison, WI 53703 USA
Tel: (608) 230-5550
Applicants to the Tropical Conservation Semester must meet the following prerequisites:
- 2.75 cumulative GPA
- two semesters of college level Biology (including Botany, Zoology, Ecology,
- one semester of college level Spanish
- 18 years of age
- open to students from UW-Madison or any US or Canadian university
Acceptance and Enrollment
Notification of acceptance to the program will be mailed to you one
week after applications are received. Your acceptance packet will include the enrollment form, a checklist of pre-departure enrollment steps, and important dates for the semester (available here).
We understand that some students would like to settle their study
abroad arrangements before the standard deadlines. If you would like your application
reviewed early, you may submit a provisional
application form directly to Ceiba
at any time; in the case of exceptionally strong applications we will extend
to you an early acceptance. Please note that, if accepted early, you still
must complete the University of Wisconsin application procedure to be entered
formally into their system. If you have any questions about applying early, please
Download Information Packet
Thanks for your interest in Ceiba's tropical ecology field programs!
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Please see the TCS Schedule and Fees page for details on our refund and cancellation policy.