The Cuenca Ecuador Study Abroad TEFL program is a 6-week long Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program sponsored by Latin American Studies and Linguistics. Cuenca is an ideal setting; it is a beautiful, medium-sized city located at a latitude of 8,200 feet in Ecuador’s southern Andes Mountains. Cuenca has preserved its colonial heritage of narrow, cobblestone streets and colonial architecture and has grown into a modern Ecuadorian city. The TEFL program is run through the Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI), which offers English courses to over 900 Ecuadorian students every day.
Six weeks, summer, annually
Mid June- Late July
Eligibility and Selection Process
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have completed LING 3500/5500. Preference will be given to students with a basic knowledge of Spanish. Admission will be based on academic standing, statement of purpose, interviews and two letters of recommendation.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Each student will live with a family in houses that are safe, comfortable, and relatively close to the center of town.
Courses and Credits
Students must complete LING 3500/5500 at Ohio University prior to this program. Students will enroll in LING 4750/5750 (3 credits), LING 4800/5800 (3 credits), and LING 4920/5920 (2 credits).
**The TEFL program offered through CEDEI is a complete certificate program in itself, but does not hold OHIO status. Students will only receive the OHIO TEFL certificate upon completion of all the courses listed above as well as LING 1010/5010.
** Please note that this program does not satisfy the study abroad requirements for the Spanish major or for the Latin American Studies major.
Additional Information on Ecuador
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here. US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OEA's Visa Information Page.
Information for Non-US citizens can be found here.
For more information contact:
Department of Modern Languages
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840