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Application Instructions

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 questions!

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,, or visit their website.

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 of credit.

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

Application Prerequisites

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, etc.)
  • 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).

Early Applications

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 contact Ceiba.

Download Information Packet

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TCS Program Packet (1.6 MB)

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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.



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