Ecuador Summer Language Program 2018

Overview

Summer programs offer students an opportunity to study abroad outside of the academic year. All offer credit, however each program is structured differently and planned by individual faculty members.  Designed for students who have completed at least one year of Spanish (must be enrolled in a Spanish course the spring semester before the summer program), this intensive Spanish program includes instruction, program-related excursions, room and board with a local host family, and service learning opportunities plus an accompanying WU Spanish faculty member.  The program is located in Quito, Ecuador and produced in partnership with ACLAS, the Andean Center for Latin American Studies.

To Apply: Use the Willamette study abroad application portal. The program name is Summer Ecuador - Quito. The deadline is December 5, 2017 for summer 2018 participation.

** SUMMER LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN ECUADOR **

Offered every summer. Requirements: Completion of at least ONE YEAR (SPAN 131, 132) of college level Spanish AND be enrolled in a Spanish course during Spring semester prior to the start of this program (pre-program course enrollment). Pre-program course enrollmentWhile exemptions to this policy are rare, the student should contact the Spanish Department Chair by November 1st to enquire. 

The intensive Spanish study program is located in the capital city of Quito, high in the equatorial Andes. Students live with host families (including full meals and laundry) and participate in excursions throughout Ecuador (Otavalo, the beach, the jungle). Students take intensive language courses at ACLAS, the Andean Center for Latin American Studies, and are accompanied by a WU Spanish professor.

PROGRAM SPECIFICS:

Location

Quito, Ecuador

Professor

ACLAS staff and faculty provide and organize academic instruction, tutoring, home stay placement, planned excursions, on-site support, and oversight of the service learning opportunities.  

Prof. Gustavo Fonseca, Spanish Department is expected to accompany the group for the first 3 weeks of the program in 2018. 

Credit

Earn 2.0 WU Spanish language credits at the 200 (SPAN 231, 232) or 300 (SPAN 390, 391) level. You must complete at least ONE YEAR (SPAN 131, 132) of college level Spanish AND be enrolled in a Spanish course during Spring semester prior to the start of this program (pre-program course enrollment). Pre-program course enrollment: While exemptions to this policy are rare, the student should contact the Spanish Department Chair by November 1st to enquire.

2018 Dates

Classes are from Monday, May 28, 2018 through Friday, July 6, 2018

  • Special notes: Students selected MUST be able to travel to Quito on Saturday, May 26, 2018 (no earlier, no later). Students selected will be given specific instructions on when to arrive (time of day), so please DO NOT BOOK tickets until AFTER the first orientation in spring 2018.  If you book incorrectly, you can be required to rebook your flight at your expense.
  • Housing benefit in Quito ends on July 7, 2018.
2018 Costs

Based on a minimum of 15 students:  TENTATIVELY $6,435 (includes tuition, full room and board, excursions, onsite support, study abroad health insurance and more).

  • Airfare to and from Ecuador IS NOT included in the program cost. Transportation to and from the Quito airport to your host family IS included provided all of the group arrives on the same date and time (you will be told after acceptance into the program). If you do not arrive as instructed, at minimum you will be charged $75 for incorrectly booking but you can also be required to rebook your ticket at your expense.  We do not book group flights so that you can take advantage of any options you may have (miles, family travel benefits, etc.) BUT you still must book to arrive as instructed.
  • Textbooks are also NOT included in the program cost. Students will be directed about textbooks to buy after selection in the program.
  • Participants are also required to purchase and use a local cell phone while on the program in Ecuador. 
Possible Scholarship (external to WU and the OIE)

Students interested in this program should consider applying for Gilman summer scholarships. Students who are receiving Federal Pell Grants and are studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country are eligible to apply for Benjamin A. Gilman scholarships. Those interested should consult the Gilman website for more information, https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/. If this link is not working, start from the IIE Gilman page, https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program. Application forms and deadlines are posted on the Gilman website.

Information Session: Please see http://willamette.edu/offices/oie/abroad/events/index.html  for list of study abroad information sessions.

Are you interested in learning more? Contact oieadvising@willamette.edu (WU Office of International Education) with questions or for more information.