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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Summer Ecuador

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Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Country Study


Overall GPA of at least 2.0 and good academic standing.                                       

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

Campus Contacts:

Larry Meyers
Director of Overseas & Off-campus Programs
ext. 7295


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.

3 courses per semester/12 credits


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.


Ecuador, Cuenca

-2.900129; -79.005897