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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UP applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Quito, Ecuador: Social Work or Language Intensive
Summer 2019

"Quito was an incredible place to study abroad. Being immersed in Ecuadorian culture truly ignited my passion for language and travel."
-Bailey Morisak, 2017, Nursing major, Spanish & Social Justice minor


Students take 6 credits in one of the following two tracks, Language Intensive or Social Work.

Program Dates: June 26 (arrive in Quito) to August 7th (depart from Quito), 2019.

Social Work:
Students will take two courses: SW/SOC/SPN 468 (3 credits) and SPN 101 (3 credits). 
  • SW/SOC/SPN 468: Comparative Health and Social Issues in Ecuador taught by Alice Gates 
  • SPN 391: Culture of Ecuador from a local Ecuadoran professor. 
*For students who already have SOC, other course options may be available. Please discuss these options with the Social Work Department. 

Language Intensive:

Students will take two courses: SPN 302 (3 credits)  and SPN 391 (3 credits)
  • SPN 302: Advanced Spanish Composition, Conversation, and Culture taught by Marcela Cinta
  • SPN 391: Culture of Ecuador from a local Ecuadoran professor. 
Prerequisite: SPN 202 or equivalent. 

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The Experience:

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 2018 included visits to: Mitad del Mundo (equator), Otavalo (nearby indigenous city), and an Ecuadoran jungle. Excursions for 2019, will be available in April. 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.

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The Center:

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.

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Financial Aid:

Cost: $6,205.00
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:

Important Dates:

The priority application deadline is October 15th, 2018. The decision deadline is January 11th. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.