- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Judicial Check
- Academic Conduct Check
- Foreign Language: 300 Level, Recommended by Spanish Language Faculty
Currently Accepting Applications for:
- Fall 2023 Program Dates: 8/18 – 12/9/23
- SMCM Application Deadline: March 15th
- Homestay Housing
- Full Immersion with local university students
- Galapagos Islands trip included!
- Three full day excursions
- Internship and Field work opportunities
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About the Program:
SMCM in Ecuador is a semester-long study abroad program that allows an opportunity for Spanish-language immersion, working with our partner EcuaExplora and the Universidad de Cuenca. Housing is with an Ecuadorian family homestay, including two meals a day, and students will take a total of 5 classes taught at the Universidad de Cuenca and an internship . This program also includes a three night, four day trip to the Galapagos Islands, other full day excursions (for example, such as Quilotoa, Papallacta, Mindo or Otavalo & Cuicocha), and of course on-site orientation and continuous support.
Though the program explores other locations in Ecuador, the duration of the program is in Cuenca, Ecuador. Cuenca is a colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the southern Andes of the Azuay province – a beautiful small city with four rivers running through it. It’s a great home base from which to learn about Ecuadorian culture!
Students will have a one-month long internship (either before or after semester courses, depending on the term) at a local NGO and take courses in the Spanish language at the Universidad de Cuenca. This program requires a high level of Spanish language proficiency, and specific courses will depend on each student’s proficiency and interests.
Dr. José Ballasteros, email@example.com
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