Program Costs

Program Fees

Ceiba 2017 Program Tuition $18,000
  • Covers in-country housing, meals, and travel to field sites.  Not included: international airfare, visas, in-country vacations (during break), and personal expense.
University of Wisconsin Fees* $1450
  • *UW program administration & credit fees vary depending on whether the student is a Wisconsin resident or an out-of-state applicant.
CISI Insurance $175
  • International insurance coverage required by UW Madison for all program participants.


Estimated Additional Expenses

These are only estimates.  Actual expenses will vary depending on your personal budget, spending habits and specific travel arrangements.

International airfare $800
  • Roundtrip from U.S.A.
Pre-departure expenses $1200
  • Books and supplies plus visa application
Personal expenses $1100
  • In-country personal purchases and travel


Program Schedule – 2017

Arrive in Ecuador:  January 9 (*you must arrive on this date to be met at the airport by your host family)
Program Orientation:  January 11 & 12
Classes Begin:  January 15
Spring Break:  March 10 – 18
Classes Conclude:  May 23
Depart from Ecuador:  May 24 (or later, enjoy the country!)


The semester is 19 weeks including orientation and a mid-term break.  The course schedule by week is detailed below.  Due to the nature of logistics in Latin America, particularly arrangements for Galapagos cruises, some modification in the schedule should be expected.

TCS Calendar

You can download this schedule in the complete TCS program packet.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Program tuition and fees are not refundable after the program enrollment deadline; however, in the case of a documented emergency including significant illness, incapacitation, or death of the student or immediate family before the start date of the program, tuition will be refunded less a $1000 cancellation fee. After the program start date, no refund will be given as most funds are already committed to in-country expenses. If the program is cancelled by Ceiba for any reason prior to the start date, tuition will be refunded in full.

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