Quito, Ecuador: Education or Language Intensive
"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 two courses (3 credits each) in one of the following two tracks, Language Intensive or Education.
All students will take a Culture of Ecuador course, taught by a local professor, and will then choose either SPN 302 (Advanced Spanish Composition, Conversation, and Culture, taught by Andrea Castanette) or EDU 481 (taught by Ben Gallegos).
Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, 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 the word "Ecuador" in Spanish means 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. Excursion details for 2020 will be available in April. All program activities will be completed in Spanish. These excursions are part of the program expenses.
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 fee includes: tuition, housing, some meals, excursions, and international health insurance. Travel costs associated with getting to and from Quito are not included.
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