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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Ecuador Summer

Semester:

Summer
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Country Study

Prerequisites:

Overall GPA of at least 2.0 and good academic standing.                                       
Campus Contacts:

Blythe Knott
Associate Director of Overseas & Off-campus Programs
blythe@lclark.edu
ext. 7296

 

Program Design:

Academic study focuses on intensive language study and the history, culture, and socio-economic institutions of Ecuador.  Following an orientation program in Quito, the program is centered in Cuenca and includes field trips to Yanayacu Biological Station as well as local areas of interest.  Students live with host families while in Cuenca.

Requirements Fulfilled:

Students who enroll in Spanish 201 may fulfill the foreign language graduation requirement.  Fulfills the area-culture study requirement of the two-course international studies requirement.

Credits:
3 courses per semester/12 credits

Curriculum:

IS 241:  Contemporary Ecuador: 

This course explores different aspects of Ecuador through an anthropological optic.  The main purpose is to provide students with information, conceptual tools, and methods with which to investigate and interpret their Ecuadorian experience. Class discussion and questions from students are very important.

The specific topics covered in the course are chosen anew each semester, in order to address current affairs and new anthropological work. Globalization, Andean prehistory, traditional medicine, identity politics, indigenous rights movements, gender roles, religion and society, race, ethnicity, witchcraft, agricultural economics, transnational migration and Plan Colombia are some of the topics included in recent courses.  Social structure and culture in Cuenca are also included.

The course includes day trips  and a week-long field trip. Course material is presented in required readings and class lectures. Grades are based on exams, short writing assignments, and a term paper.

2 Spanish Language Courses - 8 credits

Course level will be determined by previous subject study and placement exam results.

Relationship to On-Campus Curriculum:

    Recommended Courses:

HIST 141:  Colonial Latin American History

HIST 142: Modern Latin America

SOAN 266: Social Change in Latin America

BIO 114: Investigations in Ecology and Environmental Science

Ecuador, Cuenca

Passport Details:
You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

Health:
Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

Insurance:
Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

International Student Identity Card: 
The ISIC is required for the program. You will be notified of how to obtain it the semester prior to departure.

Fees To Plan For:
Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
Passport fees
Required photographs
Visa fees
International Student Identity Card
Immunizations and health exams
Books/Supplies
Transportation to city of departure
Post-program travel

Blog Feed: Ecuador

  • April 14, 2015 at 9:37pm
    26/3/15   Some of us learn how to speak another language. Others excel in the sciences, mathematics, dance, and poetry. We are practice-rs beginning, growing through trial and error. or we progress, become proficient, fluent and yet still learning while some, the fewer of us, the dedicated, the bloody and sweaty, the diligent, determined, the […]
  • March 31, 2015 at 12:10pm
    27/2/15 I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon on the rooftop of our school Amauta, sharing a rare moment of solitude with the city and a piece of gluten free berry pie from one my favorite gringo cafés. This morning in Chilca Totora was very relaxed, probably because our main compañera Maria forgot we were […]

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