Ecuador Summer Language Program 2020

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.

The Ecuador Summer program offers an intensive Spanish language immersion experience along with features to provide access and insight into the culture. This program is located in the capital city of Quito, high in the equatorial Andes and produced in partnership with ACLAS, the Andean Center for Latin American Studies.

Designed with many components to ensure a successful immersion experience, it includes classroom instruction, program-related excursions, and room and board with a local host family. The program is overseen by the WU Spanish department.

Offered every summer.

Requirements - What you need to have to apply:

  • Completion of at least ONE YEAR (SPAN 131, 132) of college level Spanish prior to program start. All terms must be successfully completed.
  • MUST BE be enrolled in a Spanish course (SPAN 260 will not satisfy this requirement) 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. 

HOUSING and Meals: Students live with host families (including full meals and laundry) 
EXCURSIONS: Typical excursions are to Otavalo, the beach, and the jungle. Exact excursion itinerary may change from year to year at the discretion of WU and ACLAS.
LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: Students take intensive language courses at ACLAS, the Andean Center for Latin American Studies.

Program Specifics:

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

Prof. will be the accompanying 2020 Program Faculty Leader. The WU Spanish Department provides academic program oversight.
Credit & Grading
Earn 2.0 WU credits. Currently students can complete those credits at two possible levels: at the 200 (SPAN 231, 232) or 300 (SPAN 390, 391) level.

Changes for 2020 that are proposed but not yet approved would allow students to complete one credit of Spanish language (either SPAN 231, SPAN 232, OR SPAN 390) and one credit of a culture course taught primarily in Spanish (course is under review and not yet approved). Another possible change would be an option to earn the second credit in internship with a local organization (option is under review and not yet approved). If approved, students could have the following options in summer 2020:
  • Complete SPAN 231 and 232 (2 credits in Spanish) -- currently available
  • Complete SPAN 390 and 391 (2 credits in Spanish) -- currently available
  • Complete SPAN 231 OR SPAN 232 OR SPAN 390 PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
    • Ecuador Culture Course (designation not yet determined, not yet available)
    • Ecuador Internship (designation not yet determined, not yet available)
This website will be updated as more information is available

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.

Students earn a grade (A-F) for each credit earned which will be added to the WU transcript and will be calculated into the GPA for all students.
Dates
2020 class dates are tentatively expected to be from from Monday, May 18, 2020 through Friday, June 26, 2020.
  • Special notes: Students selected MUST be able to travel to Quito on Saturday, May 16, 2020 (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 2020. If you book incorrectly, you can be required to rebook your flight at your expense.
  • Housing benefit in Quito ends on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
Costs
Price is based on a minimum of 10 participants. 2020 price is still being determined based on proposed program changes, but is expected to be less than or equal to 2019's price of $6,480.

Program prices are set based on a minimum number of participants and can increase if we don't meet the minimum requirement.

Program price includes tuition, full room and board with a local host family, program-related excursions, onsite support, and study abroad health insurance.
  • 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. This cost is NOT included in the program cost.
  • Local transportation, if necessary, is NOT included in the program cost. This can include bus or taxi or train service to and from the homestay family's home and ACLAS and/or transportation to and from the service learning location.
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.

FIRST STEP, information session: Please see http://willamette.edu/offices/oie/abroad/events/index.html  for list of currently offered sessions.

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


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