Program Details

Discover the cultural complexity of Ecuador, home to a fascinating diversity of peoples and natural environments. This program explores Ecuador's cultural richness and its current realities and conditions. Students focus on language, culture, politics, h
Location:
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

The interdisciplinary coursework presented in this program addresses key issues related to Ecuadorian culture and development, including the multicultural character of Ecuadorian society and the country’s history, political processes, economics, society, and environment. Students examine the principal aspects of the development model used in Ecuador today and obtain alternative perspectives on this issue. During the term, students will also develop skills in field methodology to be utilized during the Independent Study Project (ISP). Through an extensive examination of the diverse issues shaping contemporary Ecuador, students gain new perspectives to be applied to other national and international settings. Intensive Spanish language study allows students to more effectively engage with local scholars, experts, and community members on these issues in order to more fully understand Ecuador today.

Discover the cultural complexity of Ecuador, home to a fascinating diversity of peoples and natural environments. This program explores Ecuador's cultural richness and its current realities and conditions. Students focus on language, culture, politics, history, identity, and the challenges of implementing the country’s innovative and highly inclusive new constitution. Advance your Spanish The program places a major emphasis on language learning. Students can make rapid advancement in their Spanish skills through the program’s highly intensive classroom study, homestays, and fieldwork. Experience Ecuador's three ecologic zones: Andean highlands, tropical rainforest, and coastal lowlands Traveling from 10,000 feet down to sea level, students are exposed to Ecuador’s extraordinary ecological diversity. During periods of excursion, students meet with indigenous representatives and leaders of grassroots organizations who discuss threats to Ecuador's ecology and present alternative strategies of development

Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.

Setting Description:
The Ecuador: Culture and Development program includes three major educational excursions: the cloud forest, the rainforest, and the central coastal region, including the city of Guayaquil.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 3 Reviews

  • Finding family and community in Ecuador
    5.0
    01/18/20

    My experience in SIT program Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages was profoundly moving and not simply because I was able to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences like snorkeling in the Galápagos and hiking through the Amazon rainforest, but also

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Immersive and Adventurous Experience
    5.0
    09/02/19

    My experience abroad in Ecuador was by far the best part of my academic experience thus far. Applying our studies to experiences in different communities and landscapes in Ecuador helped me to draw a deeper emotional connection to my academics. For example,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing study abroad experience
    5.0
    02/02/19

    My experience with SIT Study Abroad in Ecuador was full of meeting wonderful people, learning lots and seeing beautiful landscapes. The program director and assistant do a wonderful job of ensuring that we, the students, are taken care of and that we

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend