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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms:  
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Eligibility: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Housing Options: Host Family Areas of Study: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, International Management, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Travel from Ecuador’s Andean highlands to the Amazon, and back again. Study political participation and voice in an evolving cultural landscape.


EcuadorJTerm

Description

Students study the cultural, social, economic, and political landscape in Ecuador. They soak in the beauty and stark contrasts of Quito, their home base. They experience Ecuadorian family life through homestays, and excavate the city’s history in field trips in and around the historic, colonial city center. Students travel more broadly through the countryside on two four-day field trips, one to the Amazonian rain forest and the other to a series of indigenous Kichwa villages in the highlands. They critically examine models of community as they explore Ecuador’s diverse ecosystems, challenges, and assets.

Classroom time is spent in conversation with leaders from the local nonprofit and political communities. Particular emphasis is placed on the rights written in the Ecuador’s Constitution of 2008 as well as challenges to its implementation. Significant time is spent examining the political will and momentum of new social movements, the country’s protection and management of natural resources, movements towards gender equality, and indigenous perspectives. Students see first-hand how Ecuador’s indigenous populations are shaping debate and policy in political and cultural institutions.

Course: Social and Political Transformation in Ecuador (4 credits), no internship is available for this program due to its length. 

  • Highlights

    The program will be conducted in English. Students are not required to have Spanish proficiency to participate. Lodging is arranged in family homestays, allowing for cultural exchange. Most host families will have at least one family member who speaks English, and in homes where that is not the case, students who have Spanish-language ability will be paired with students who have none. HECUA will also provide translators to assist during site visits and with guest lecturers who speak no English. Learn more about January Term in Ecuador here!

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Area/Ethnic Studies
    • Art/Fine Arts
    • Communications
    • Conservation and Preservation
    • Culture
    • Ecology
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Field-Study
    • Foreign Language
    • Geography
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Latin American Studies
    • Leadership
    • Liberal Arts
    • Peace Studies
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Spanish Literature
    • Sustainable Development
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Program fees:

    Some schools have a different fee structure. Always check with your home institution first. Up to date pricing can be found on the HECUA website, here. Fees include air travel, ground travel, housing, most meals, excursions & events, reading materials

  • Experience Required

    none

  • This Program is open to

    Any undergraduate student enrolled in a college or university in the United States who has completed their first year. 

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Home-stays
  • Participants Travel to Ecuador

    In Groups

  • Typically Participants Work

    In Groups

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA awards scholarships of $250 for January-term programs. You can find more information about scholarships here

  • Application Process Involves

    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Online Application
    • Transcript



This program is currently not accepting applications.