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Fall, Spring, Summer
Spring: January - May; Summer: June and July session - Intensive Spanish Program (9 Credits); Fall: Please visit our website
With the culturally vibrant capital and historically intriguing colonial city of Quito as your classroom, the semester program at Catolica allows student total immersion in Ecuadorian culture, past, present and future. Ideal for intermediate to advanced level speakers, Catolica's program for international students focuses on total integration of 'extranjeros' whether they're debating Latin American politics with their peers in the classroom, commenting on the culinary flair of their host families, working on their salsa moves on a night out in the happening Mariscal Sucre area of bars, restaurants and clubs, or practicing rolling their r's with locals in one of the beautiful downtown plazas surrounded by stunning views of the Andes.
Enjoy all the amenities of a large, urban campus, from gyms, cultural events, and student clubs to internships opportunities or just hanging with your new Ecuadorian amigos. Special events, such as conversation clubs and Ecuadorian mentors, help international students integrate into student body of nearly 8000 students. PUCE has several satellite campuses, including the Yasuni Research station in the Amazon, along with the Ibarra campus a couple hours north of Quito, where students can take classes or join excursions.
* Volunteer Role/Skills Required
Students can choose to take a diverse range of liberal arts courses, all in Spanish, including any of the offerings from PUCE's Faculty and Schools of History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Law, Education, Administration, Social Work, Biology, Environment, Literature, Philosophy and more. The program has as it's a core the mission to promote and develop the formation of skills, knowledge and relationships to help find regional and international solutions and improved relations among members of the American continent, though many study abroad students also come from Europe.
Spanish placement tests will be given to help determine which courses, including Espanol como Segunda Lengua, are best suited for international students. Students must have completed at least four levels of college level Spanish and test accordingly to matriculate at Catolica.
Ecuador is one of those rare destinations in the world that seems to have the unique combination of natural beauty, intriguing history, and vibrant culture. Nestled along the Equator in the northwest corner of the South American continent, much of the country still remains wild and uncharted. It is home to the highest active volcano in the world, pristine Pacific beaches, and virgin tropical rainforests as well as ancient Incan history now echoed through the lively Ecuadorian culture. Ecuador is marked by its diversity. Within a territory of 120,000 square miles, one can travel from sea level to 12,000 feet of altitude within a six-hour drive, visit a fishing town and see a highland village within the same day.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
4,000, plus 15/day for room and board (3 meals)
- College Credits
Students participating in a study program through EcuaExplora will receive an official transcript from the Ecuadorian institution showing classes taken while abroad. U.S. universities often accept transfer credit from foreign institutions, but ultimately it is up to individual schools to determine credit transfer on any study abroad program.
To ease the process of transferring overseas credit, students should consult the Registrar at their home university to determine the transferability of credit from foreign schools.
For students studying in Ecuador, tuition at the Ecuadorian university is included in the program cost. The U.S. equivalent of 12-18 semester credit hours is considered a normal course load for students studying in Ecuador, and this amount of tuition is included in the cost.
- Resident Directors:
In Ecuador, the Resident Director of EcuaExplora, Kate McConnell is on-site to welcome students, lead a personalized orientation, as well as provide student, intern and volunteer support throughout the duration of the program. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Participants will live with local Ecuadorian families in shared rooms, with other Ecuadorian students, or at the facilities of their volunteer site (see each project description for further details) Accommodations are comfortable, yet modest, and provide easy access to public transportation. Breakfast and lunch are provided Monday - Saturday.
- Airport Pick-up/Drop-off:
Participants will be picked up and dropped off at the Quito International Airport.
Escort to Project Site and induction at project site with local staff and supervisors.
24 Hour Staff Support and Ongoing Supervision (Virtual and Physical)
Country Directors will maintain regular contact with volunteers through required weekly reflections online and weekly phone, mail, and physical (where applicable) check-ins.
- Cultural Excursions
Participants on the study program will be offered several excursions throughout the duration of their semester. Some excursions are included in the program cost and some will be provided for an additional fee. Volunteer and Intern participants will also have the same opportunity to participant in these excursions at an additional cost.
Sample excursions include: trips to surrounding cities and a visit to the coastal region of Ecuador to see the pristine beaches and archaeological sites where some of the oldest cultures in the Pacific coast of South America are still being studied. Other possible excursions include: indigenous markets, Amazon jungle excursions, visit to nature and wildlife reserves, Cloud Forests, alternative city tours, shrimp farms, banana plantations, and visits to the beach.
EcEx staff can suggest reputable travel agents to help you plan trips to the Galapagos at your own expense.
NOTE: Does not include books, student Visa fees, etc. International student application due first week of June (transcripts, health, homestay form, etc.)
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups
To make it possible for international students, interns and volunteers to have meaningful experiences studying in Ecuadorian universities and institutions of higher education, interning in professional placements throughout Ecuador, and volunteering in collaborative projects focused on the sustainable social and economic development of Ecuador.