Students enrolled in this English-language based program will spend a month in Quito, Ecuador, exploring the perils and promise of development. They'll hike to the crest of the foothills that surround the city, and see the sprawl of new construction. They will stroll through the historic town square on a guided tour of Ecuador's not-so-distant past as a Spanish colony, and travel through the countryside on two multi-day field trips–from the mountainous Imbabura Province to the Amazon basin.
Classroom time is spent in conversation with leaders from the local nonprofit and political communities. Particular emphasis is placed on indigenous rights, gender equality, the protection and management of natural resources, and Ecuador's constitution of 2008. Students see first-hand how Ecuador's indigenous populations are shaping debate and policy in political and cultural institutions, and analyze the growing division between the leftist movement and a historically conservative upper class.
The program will be conducted in English. Students are not required to have Spanish proficiency to participate. Lodging is arranged in family homestays, allowing for cultural exchange. Most host families will have at least one family member who speaks English, and in homes where that is not the case, students who have Spanish-language ability will be paired with students who have none. HECUA will also provide translators to assist during site visits and with guest lecturers who speak no English.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
- Area/Ethnic Studies
- Art/Fine Arts
- Conservation and Preservation
- Environmental Studies
- Foreign Language
- International Relations
- Latin American Studies
- Liberal Arts
- Peace Studies
- Political Science/Politics
- Social Sciences
- Spanish Literature
- Sustainable Development
- Urban & Regional Planning
- Women's Studies
$4,135 *Fees include round-trip airfare between any major U.S. city and Quito, Ecuador.
Air travel, ground travel, housing, most meals, excursions & events, reading materials
Any undergraduate student enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
HECUA awards scholarships of $250 for January-term programs. You can find more information about scholarships here.
- Letters of Reference
- Online Application plus Application Assessment
This course explores socioeconomic issues in Ecuador as manifested in the country’s growing inequality and the proliferation of new social movements to address this crisis. Particular emphasis will be placed on indigenous rights, gender equality, the protection and management of natural resources, and Ecuador’s new constitution. Students compare and contrast the Ecuadorian experience with developments in other parts of Latin America.
The program is based in the capital, Quito, with home stays arranged for housing. The program is conducted entirely in English.
Offered through the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA).
Counts toward major: Sociology/Anthropology and Latin American Studies
Counts toward concentration: Latin American Studies
GE: Studies in Human Behavior and Society (HBS), Multicultural Studies-Global (MCG)
Course grade will appear on the St. Olaf transcript but will not be calculated into the GPA.
Maximum Enrollment: 25
Advisor: Chris Chiappari
Program Fee: $4,135
Additional Costs: $50 (local transportation estimate)
Total: $4,185 *does not include personal spending, supplies, etc.