Semester in Ecuador
Picturesque colonial centers, Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforest and the breathtaking heights of the Andes – Ecuador may be small, but it has a dazzling array of wonders.
Semester in the Andes
Housed in the Center for Inter-American Studies (CEDEI), the Semester in Ecuador program provides study options that include:
• Intensive Spanish language at all levels and medical Spanish. Small classes are the norm.
Transfer credit has been pre-approved for Spanish courses by the department of World Languages and Cultures. Check with the Program Coordinator for details.
Gain valuable language and work experience related to your field of study. Participants work for community-based organizations and industry in and around the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. Past examples include but are not limited to: anthropology, business, horticulture, social and economic development, journalism, urban and regional planning.
Courses taught in English
Anthropology, Art, Business, Communication, Education, Environmental Studies, Music, Political Science, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Teaching Practice Students have the opportunity to complete their student teaching (second half semester) in CEDEI’s bilingual K-10th grade school.
Field trips include an orientation trip to the Amazon Rainforest near Quito, 5-day mid-term field study to the Galapagos Islands, and a 7-day study tour to Peru, including Machu Picchu. Amazing!
Accommodation: Homestay includes three meals per day.
Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: early January to mid-May
Program Fee: approximately $14,200 USD per semester
Includes all tuition and fees, transcript at the end of the term, 3 major field trips, and all accommodations for one student per host family.
Does not include airfare, books, and other incidentals. Visa is required for a semester abroad and costs about $450 USD.
CEDEI´s Office of International Programs and Spanish Department are located in a beautifully restored house in the heart of Cuenca´s colonial center. Between classes, students can relax in the rooftop student center or check email with free wifi access. The building is located within walking distance to many of Cuenca's attractions including Parque Calderón, the Tomebamba river, as well as food and artisan markets.
Cuenca, in the southern part of the Ecuadorian Andes, was founded in 1557 and is the city of eternal spring at 8,000 feet above sea level.
Population: 350,000 (Ecuador’s third largest city) and possibly the most charming.
A UNESCO World Heritage Trust site noted for its Renaissance urban planning and fusion of Spanish, mestizo, and Andean cultures, Cuenca is a center of culture and art for Ecuador. Also a university town, the city boasts wonderful cuisine, several prominent public and private institutions, and a thriving nightlife.
Check out the CEDEI website for specific information: http://www.international.cedei.org/
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Cathedral in Cuenca
Sobriety test on the equator?
Nancy T. Guthrie
107 Catt Hall