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Advanced Spanish in Ecuador

Trek in the Amazon jungle ... step on the equator ... visit a cloud forest ... eat empanadas ... soar in the Andes. Make a difference. Earn credits toward your degree while experiencing marvels in Ecuador.

Academics

  • Gain practical language skills.
  • Advance your Spanish a semester in one month.
  • Speak Spanish with your host family to work on conversation skills.

This program appeals to students who are interested in advancing their Spanish knowledge.

  • Program type:
    Advanced Spanish in Ecuador is a classroom based course to work on student's speaking, listening and reading skills.
  • Level:
    SPAN 3015 (5th semester)
  • Term:
    August, four weeks
  • Prerequisites:
    2.5 GPA; sophomores and above; 4 semesters of college-level Spanish required
  • Courseload:
    4 credits for the August summer session.

Faculty

Dr. José Suárez, MD, PhD in epidemiology, directs the academic program. Delores López assists with program coordination, and Ecuadorian faculty provide all instruction.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. Geographically it ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes every mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city within sight of snowcapped volcanoes, which houses a remarkable mix of colonial and modern, rich and poor. Internship sites are scattered within a three hour radius of Quito.

Three photos from previous trips

Although excursions change from semester to semester, students can expect to visit a variety of sites that may include local markets, non-governmental organizations, farms, factories, and potential internship sites.

One language course is taught over a 4-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. The Ecuador program offers 5th semester language instruction. The syllabus focuses on language skill development and daily oral practice. Students live with host families, and local excursions are included. This 1-credit online course will help you:

  1. process your overseas experience and apply what you learn upon your return
  2. understand intercultural lingo and relate it to your experience
  3. reflect on the multiple layers of cross-cultural experiences
  4. market your study abroad experience for future career goals. 

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.




 

Advanced Spanish in Ecuador

Trek in the Amazon jungle ... step on the equator ... visit a cloud forest ... eat empanadas ... soar in the Andes. Make a difference. Earn credits toward your degree while experiencing marvels in Ecuador.

Academics

  • Gain practical language skills.
  • Advance your Spanish a semester in one month.
  • Speak Spanish with your host family to work on conversation skills.

This program appeals to students who are interested in advancing their Spanish knowledge.

  • Program type:
    Advanced Spanish in Ecuador is a classroom based course to work on student's speaking, listening and reading skills.
  • Level:
    SPAN 3015 (5th semester)
  • Term:
    August, four weeks
  • Prerequisites:
    2.5 GPA; sophomores and above; 4 semesters of college-level Spanish required
  • Courseload:
    4 credits for the August summer session.

Faculty

Dr. José Suárez, MD, PhD in epidemiology, directs the academic program. Delores López assists with program coordination, and Ecuadorian faculty provide all instruction.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. Geographically it ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes every mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city within sight of snowcapped volcanoes, which houses a remarkable mix of colonial and modern, rich and poor. Internship sites are scattered within a three hour radius of Quito.

Three photos from previous trips

Although excursions change from semester to semester, students can expect to visit a variety of sites that may include local markets, non-governmental organizations, farms, factories, and potential internship sites.

One language course is taught over a 4-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. The Ecuador program offers 5th semester language instruction. The syllabus focuses on language skill development and daily oral practice. Students live with host families, and local excursions are included. This 1-credit online course will help you:

  1. process your overseas experience and apply what you learn upon your return
  2. understand intercultural lingo and relate it to your experience
  3. reflect on the multiple layers of cross-cultural experiences
  4. market your study abroad experience for future career goals. 

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.