Colombia - Ecology and History

See the Amazon and the Andes.

This course explores the diversity of Colombian landscapes and cultures. We will explore the cloud forests of the Central Andes by horseback, canoe the flooded forests of the Amazon, and snorkel or scuba dive among the Caribbean reefs. Throughout the trip, we will focus on the intersection of environment and culture in order to enrich our understanding of this diverse country.

Open to all Tompkins Cortland students. Limited space available. Registration is by permission only. Contact trip leaders or visit the Global Office (room 230) for information on how to apply.

Date: Late May - Early June

Register in Fall| Spring semester courses | Travel in May / June

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Study abroad in Colombia


Travel Fee: Approximately $3150


 Round trip airfare, 14 nights in local hostels/hotels, all local transportation and guide fees, 14 meals (one meal per day), GeoBlue International Health/Emergency Insurance (mandatory)

Not Included

Passport and Visa Fees, vaccination costs, any applicable baggage handling fees imposed by the airlines, any entrance or exits taxes into/out of the destination country, additional meals, personal spending (souvenirs, additional activities, any personal items that need to be bought in country)

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Students may be eligible for scholarships through the Tompkins Cortland Foundation, SUNY, Benjamin A. Gilman, and other sources. Contact instructors or the study abroad coordinator (Global Office, room 230) for more information about scholarship opportunities.

Study Abroad in Colombia

Courses Offered

BIOL 116, Tropical Field Natural History will introduce you to the nature and ecology of the Neotropics. You will learn about the plants and animals that make these places unique.

HSTY/POSC 260, Topics in Modern Latin America surveys the development of modern Colombian history with an emphasis on current trends in the economy, land use patterns, settlement, and political arenas.


Dr. Kelly Wessell

is an aquatic ecologist who has co-led this trip since its inception five years ago. He is a dedicated teacher and an enthusiastic advocate for tropical ecosystem conservation. Contact Kelly by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4235 or by email at

Dr. David Flaten

is interested in the dynamic history of modern Colombia, working to integrate student understanding of the human and natural environments we experience. Contact David by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4229 or by email at

Study abroad in Colombia