Ecuador Fall/Spring Semester

This Semester abroad opportunity is based in Quito, the nation's capital. Quito has amazing weather and is famous for its eternal springtime conditions. The city offers rich history, architecture, friendly people and safe living conditions in which to grow and learn. Living and Learning in Quito is part of a 20-year-old organization called Youth World. We offer the amazing mixture of Adventure, Academic Excellence, Culture, Practical Experience, Language, Mission and Integrated Living as you participate in this Semester Abroad program.

Dates

Spring '17
Jan 18-May 5

Full Semester

May '16
May 15-28

Short Term Opportunity

Fall '17
Aug 23-Dec 15

Full Semester

J-Term '17
Jan 2-21

Short Term Opportunity

WHY ECUADOR?

Living and Learning in Quito, Ecuador is a study abroad program available to students who desire to continue their college education in an international setting. Living and Learning in Quito will function under the supervision and guidelines of your North American institution. 

This semester is designed to combine classroom learning and practical internships in a unique and challenging cross-cultural setting. Along with  receiving up to 16 units of college credit (must be approved by your academic institution), students will live, learn and grow academically, experientially, and spiritually.

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An Experience Like No Other

Study abroad with us and we'll immerse you in culture, in ministry, in learning and take you to some dream destinations.

  • Experiential Learning

  • Internships and Service

  • Mission and Ministry

  • Galapagos Islands

  • Cultural Activities

  • Home Stays with Local Families

Courses Offered

SPANISH
4-8 UNITS

Each participant will be enrolled in a Spanish Language Institute during their time in Quito. After introductory testing, each student will be placed in classes that reflect their appropriate level of learning. U.S. college credit will be earned for these courses. Students come to Ecuador with varying degrees of fluency in Spanish. Consequently, after initial placement testing, students are placed in classes that will correspond to their level of proficiency. Courses will introduce the students to the sounds and structure of the Spanish language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Courses will provide the basis to understand and communicate Spanish effectively. Students will be under the direct instruction of the Andean Study Program. Each 4 unit course is the equivalent of 39 hours of instruction.

ECUADOR 250
3 UNITS

HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE OF ECUADOR This course provides an overview of the history, politics, and culture of Ecuador, along with the relationship between various factors. The course includes guest speakers from local organizations and visits to community groups, along with lectures and readings. Open only to students who participate in the Ecuador Semester Program.

INTERCULTURAL PRACTICUM
3-6 UNITS

An integrative cross-cultural experience designed to help the student understand and form his or her Christian worldview, cross-cultural engagement, and understanding of diverse social and cultural contexts. Field experience sites involving small teams of students will be utilized in this intercultural practicum. Students will perform 7 weeks of internship. Extensive daily journaling of experiences both positive and negative, instructions in learning and observing will be noted. A debriefing process will conclude the practicum.

CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION
3 UNITS

This course will examine the dynamics of personal development in student's lives, focusing on spiritual growth. Biblical principles that govern the character and conduct of Christians will be addressed. Students will employ analytical tools and reflection skills to develop a greater self-awareness. From this foundation they will explore the process of spiritual formation and establish an initial life-plan for the regular practice of spiritual disciplines.

WORLDVIEW AND WORLD RELIGIONS
3 UNITS

The goal of this course is to understand the nature of a worldview and the function of faith and reason in developing a worldview. To define and analyze eight basic worldviews (Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern pantheism, New Age spirituality and postmodernism). To explore and critique six major world religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Taoism & Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. To offer an internal critique of each worldview and an evaluation from the standpoint of historic Christianity.

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
3 UNITS

This course is designed to examine the principles and practices of communicating from one culture to another. Focus for the course lies in differing perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expressions, language expression and subgroups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. Furthermore, students will have opportunity to discuss strategies for practical application that will address these issues and integrate Christian values.

ELECTIVE: BIOLOGY
3 UNITS + 1 UNIT LAB

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GRADING / EVALUATION PROCESS
PARTICIPATION, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, & EXAMS

Evaluation of your work is based on many factors. These include but are not limited to: participation, written assignments, and examinations. A "C" grade indicates adequate performance, a "B" grade indicates good, competent and complete work, and an "A" grade indicates creative excellence that is integrative and exceeds requirements.

ELECTIVE: ENGLISH
3 UNITS

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ELECTIVE: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
3 UNITS

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ELECTIVE: GLOBAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT
3 UNITS

**offered in summer More info coming soon...

ELECTIVE: BUSINESS AS MISSION
3 UNITS

**offered in summer More info coming soon...

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to be considered full-time.

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What does it cost?

Depending on the Opportunity you select, you will need to check with your college or university for exact costs! However, in most cases if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Ecuador will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!

Cost Includes: 

  • Trip to the Galapagos
  • Trip to the Amazon Jungle
  • Homestay with an Ecuadorian Family
  • Cultural Experiences
  • All In-Country Food, Lodging, and Transportatio
  • Internship Experience (for credit option)

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • ‍Visa
  • Immunization
  • Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.

If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university and would still like to attend, contact us.