Study Abroad in Guayaquil

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Ecuador is your portal to South American life, food and culture! Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the country's commercial center, is an hour drive from tropical beaches, Amazon basin and Andes mountains. ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATIONS - Business, Law & Diplomacy - Ecology & Environment - PreMedicine, Health & Nutrition - Spanish Language & Ecuadorian Culture SESSIO...

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Ecuador spans the equator on the northwest coast of South America. With its cultural diversity and wide range of environments—the Galapagos Islands, the coastal areas of the Pacific, the Andes mountain range, and the headwaters of the Amazon—Ecuador provides an ideal location for you to live in and learn about South America, encountering directly the issues and concerns of this great southern c...

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Study in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and main port. At the Universidad Espiritu Santo, students will have the opportunity to take Spanish language courses along with a variety of subjects in both English and Spanish, depending on language ability. Students can also participate in service learning internships throughout Guayaquil. These internships are a fantastic way to become immersed in...

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The program is based at the Universidad Espiritu Santo (UEES) in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Possibly the most diverse and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Ecuador offers unspoiled coastline, snow-capped mountains, indigenous cultures, colonial architecture, and the planet's two greatest natural wonders: the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. Guayaq...

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This CCIS program in Guayaquil is ideal for students at all levels of Spanish who want their Spanish skills to improve in leaps and bounds. Participants will receive a lot of directed, personalized attention in the classroom, become totally immersed in the language and improve their Spanish tremendously. Students will have the opportunity to participate in experiences on campus and outside the ...

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The Ecuador Spring Program of Classport is ideal for business majors with a dual interest in Spanish language. Students directly enroll at the University of Cuenca, taking up to nine credit hours in business, and are placed in a part-time internship in the city. Students will be exposed to the beautiful city located in the heart of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, and be immersed in Ecuadorian ...

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Designed for students wishing to have a deep learning and intercultural experience in Ecuador, Universidad Ecotec's Serve and Learn Summer Program begins with a four-day orientation in Quito. The tour includes travel to natural, historic, and cultural destinations around Ecuador. The university aims to aid its students' cultural adjustment and understanding of the new environment they find them...

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Learn Spanish in a natural environment! BHC Blue Hill College was established in 1997 by a group of scholars and business leaders who realised how important it was to create an institution of higher institution that has a global perspective. They decided to start a college compatible with the USA credit system, which would work on the general studies format, where students are able to select th...

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Studying Abroad in Guayaquil

Guayaquil, officially called Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest city in Ecuador with over two million inhabitants. Twenty years ago, it was a place that travelers avoided at all costs. It stood in stark contrast to its sister city to the north, Quito, which has a mild climate and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and dotted with the remnants of the Incans. Guayaquil was the tropical port city with a sprawling lower economic class, miles of squatter shacks, and the industrial remains of better days. But that’s the old Guayaquil. The new Guayaquil has become an international model for revitalized urban living. The people are welcoming, the universities are open to international students, and the geographic diversity of the region is alluring.

Geography & Demographics

The author of Guayaquil’s rebirth was a project called Malecon 2000. Utilizing city sales taxes, a massive project began on the city’s Guayas River waterfront. It grew and grew, starting with parks and museums. Botanical gardens, cafes, tall ships, and gorgeous outdoor living spaces were born. The Malecon project spread upwards — literally — with a revitalization of the hillside shanties into a colorful walk of coffeehouses, gift shops, and bakeries. Even the island in in the middle of the river has been established as an eco-sanctuary, with the indigenous population living as they always have and outsiders leaving at dusk.

Things to Do

Guayaquil now is able to compete with Quito for visitor attention. Its beautiful riverfront features art, outdoor cafes, theatres, parks, and a fantastic riverwalk. Massive shrimp catches from the city’s fisheries industry means the restaurants are serving delicious ceviche — a zesty local delicacy. Other industries have grown, and Guayaquil has become a jumping-off point for tourism hotspots like the Galapagos, the Amazon, and more mountainous destinations like Cuenca.

Studying in Guayaquil

There are several great study abroad organizations that have made Guayaquil their base in Ecuador. Knowledge Exchange Institute (which focuses on curriculum first) is situated at the Universidad Espiritu Santo; as is SUNY New Paltz and the Partnership for Service Learning (IPSL). IPSL, World Endeavors, and other organizations combine study with work: either internships or volunteer/service opportunities. Large street children populations, nearby wildlife sanctuaries, and major urban eco-projects make service a great option locally. 

Another interesting study choice in Guayaquil is the Blue Hill College, which can be accessed via World Endeavors. This small college teaches university courses in English to local Ecuadorian students. This means you can study Spanish but you might also take Psych 101 in English, surrounded by local students. Jacksonville University has been offering an International Studies spring break program in Guayaquil for nearly a decade, combining a week of service and study with lectures from a variety of industry and social welfare leaders.

There are more obvious places to study in South America, and Guayaquil may not be on your first wish list — but it’s definitely worth considering. You won’t run into American tourists every day, and there is plenty to do beyond the classroom. Internship, volunteer and unique academic opportunities abound in Guayaquil, Ecuador. 

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