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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Program Description:

HECUA Study Abroad in Ecuador

Description

Ten years ago, Ecuadorians voted in a referendum to adopt a new constitution. Progressives were thrilled by the document, and the accompanying promises of then-president Correa. This enthusiasm has waned, and HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program examines why. CILA students analyze the ideals embodied in the Constitution of 2008 and the challenges the country has faced in applying those ambitious goals. 

Based in Quito, the CILA program weaves together a project-based internship, coursework focused on the promise and perils of development, and field visits ranging from the Pacific coast to the Amazon river basin. When not in the field, students live with a host family in Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city. In the third week of class students begin internships at a diverse range of community organizations. Past sites include: an organic farm (Granja Integral Pachamama), a media hub (El Churo Comunicación), and a women's safe house (Casa Mathilde). Students end the semester with significantly improved Spanish, a deep understanding of models of community participation with a focus on indigenous perspectives, and a firsthand view of the effects of oil politics and globalization on Ecuador's environment and economy. 

  • Highlights

    A home stay is combined with a 20 hour per week hands-on internship, field visits, and an independent study opportunity designed to meet individual students' learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Conflict Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Humanities
    • Interdisciplinary
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
    • Chicano Studies
    • Geography
    • Latin American Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Intensive Language
  • Program fees:

    Please consult the HECUA website for up-to-date pricing.

  • Fees include:

    Group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.

  • Experience Required

    Yes. Four semesters (or equivalent) of College-level Spanish is required to participate in our semester-long study abroad program.
  • This Program is open to

    Students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Homestays
  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice, and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript
    • Spanish language review



HECUA-CILA
  • Description

    Ecuador is characterized by great geographical, economic and ethnic diversity. The smallest country in the Andean highlands offers an idyllic landscape, mountain vistas and mild weather as well as a complex scenario of social, cultural, economic and political phenomena. The Community Internships in Latin America program offers a semester of study and experience with a focus on community participation and social change. Current issues of globalization, ecological issues, oil politics, indigenous rights and Plan Colombia are addressed as students learn from individuals who help make change happen. Models of community participation, organization, development and social change are compared and contrasted.

  • Highlights

    A home stay is combined with a 15 hr/week hands-on internship, field trips and an independent study opportunity designed to meet your own learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Conflict Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Humanities
    • Interdisciplinary
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
    • Chicano Studies
    • Geography
    • Latin American Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Intensive Language
  • Cost in US$:

    Please consult the HECUA website for up-to-date pricing

  • Cost Include Description:

    Tuition, room and board, and all group field experiences ground expenses.

  • Experience Required

    Yes. Four semesters (or equivalent) of College-level Spanish is required to participate in our semester-long program.
  • This Program is open to

    Students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Home-stays
  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides up to three USD750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two USD1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and four USD4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript
    • Spanish language review


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019 ** 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.