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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Independent Study, Internship, Social Change, Spanish Language of Instruction: Spanish
Course Number: 202 Program Host: HECUA
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: At least two years of college Spanish
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Christopher Chiappari
Housing: Host Family
Program Description:

HECUA Study Abroad in Ecuador


Ecuador is a country of dramatic contrast in nearly every sector: social, political, economic, and geographic. Based in Quito, the Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) program weaves together a semester-long, project-based internship, coursework focused on the promise and peril of development, and field visits ranging from the Andean foothills to the basin of the Amazon river. When they are not in the field, students live with a host family in the urban center of Quito, Ecuador's beautiful and historic capital city. 

In the classroom, students study and analyze the political, economic, and social proposals embodied in the Constitution of 2008, and the challenges the country has faced in applying those ambitious goals. In the second week of class students begin work at a diverse range of community organizations. Previous internship sites have included an organic farm (Granja Integral Pachamama), an arts hub for urban youth (El Churo Comunicación) and a women's safe house (Casa Matilde). Students should expect to end the semester with significantly improved Spanish, a deep understanding of models of community participation and development, and a firsthand view of the effects of oil politics and globalization on the Ecuadorian environment and economy. 

  • Highlights

    A home stay is combined with a 20 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
  • 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

Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits.  If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Christopher Chiappari.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 09/05/2018 12/15/2018
Spring 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 02/01/2019 05/10/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.