Quito, Ecuador: Summer 2018
“As an education major, this experience is super culturally important—especially because there is such a huge community of kids who are from Latin and South America who are in the public school system in the United States. So this is a really special way to connect to that group of students by understanding their home cultures a little bit better.”
- Molly Steiner
Elementary Education, Summer 2017
Students take 6 credits in one of the following two tracks, Language Intensive or Education.
Education (with option for Nursing):
Students will take two courses: ED 481 (3 credits) and SPN 101 (3 credits).
- ED 481: Reading, Language, & cultural Diversity - taught by Sally Hood
- SPN 101: Elementary Spanish - taught by a local instructor
- An introductory course in which students acquire foundational Spanish grammar and vocabulary in meaningful social contexts. Through multi-media, the students are introduced to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Listening comprehension, reading, writing and speaking skills are developed through communicative activities and assignments.
*For students who already have ED481, other course options may be available. Please discuss these options with the School of Education.
*Nursing students may take ED 481 for credit in the School of Nursing. All nursing students must also take a three credit Spanish course-either SPN 101 or a higher level if appropriate for their level of Spanish.
Students will take two courses: SPN 302 (3 credits) and SPN 391 (3 credits)
- SPN302 - taught by Dr. Giannina Reyes-Giardiello
- SPN 391 - taught by a local Ecuadoran professor.
Prerequisite: SPN 202 or equivalent.
The capital city of Ecuador, Quito is located in the Guayllabamba river basin on the slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. The historic center of Quito contains one or the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. In fact, Quito and Kraków, Poland were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO. The city is also located near the equator; in fact ecuador in Spanish is equator!
Students will have the opportunity to enhance Spanish skills in the classroom and with a home stay family. Students will also learn about the cultures of Ecuador and other Latin American countries through readings and discussions in class, and program excursions that will explore the location surrounding Quito. Excursions for 2017 will include visits to: Mitad del Mundo (equator), Otavalo (nearby indigenous city), Atacames (Coastal city) and an Ecuadoran jungle. Social work students will be placed into local organizations for additional immersion in service-learning environments. All program activities will be done in Spanish. These excursions are part of the program expenses.
Before students purchase airline tickets we would like to establish a time period within which the students should arrive.
UP is partnering with the Andean Center for Latin American Studies ACLAS
to provide high quality, safe, and accessible learning in Quito. The center has 8 classrooms, a computer lab, library, kitchen, and a courtyard for study. The center is accessible to students 24/7 and a guard is on-site to watch the campus.
This program is eligible for State, Federal, Private and UP Financial Aid; however, summer aid typically is in the form of loans. For more financial aid information visit: http://www.up.edu/finaid/other-aid/study-abroad.html