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Ecuador: Language & Culture in Cuenca

Ecuador- lang and culture



Spanish Language and Ecuadorian Culture

Ohio University’s Spanish Language and Ecuadorian Culture program is a 7-week intensive study of Spanish offered through partnership with the Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI), a well-known and respected language institute in Ecuador.  The program is based in Cuenca, a beautiful, medium-sized city located at an altitude of around 8,400 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.


Program Length 

Summer Session II: June 28 to August 18, 2017

Eligibility and Selection Process


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Beginning, intermediate and advanced students of Spanish are welcome to apply.  Admission will be based on academic standing, statement of purpose, interviews, and two letters of recommendation.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire judicial policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.


Application Deadline

Priority deadline is February 2.  Final application deadline February 13.

Living Arrangements

Each student will live with a local host family, giving them a window into Ecuadorian daily life and culture. Accommodations are safe, comfortable, and relatively close to the center of town. Host families provide most meals and weekly laundry service.

Courses and Credits


Students can earn a total of 9 credit hours; two Spanish courses and one Modern Languages course:

  • Beginning Spanish: 1110/5110, 1120/5120 (4 cr. each)
  • Intermediate Spanish: 2110/5210, 2120/5220, 2930 (3 cr. each)
  • Advanced Spanish: 3120/5320*, 3215, 3349, 3550, 4437, 4517, 4900 (3 cr. each)
  • All students:  ML 2910 Field Study in Ecuador (1-3 credits)

The Ecuador program satisfies both the Spanish and Latin American Studies major requirement for study abroad.

*SPAN 5320 is repeatable with different topics up to 15 credit hours.



Undergraduate Student Budget 2017

Graduate Student Budget 2017

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

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 Global Opportunities 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.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

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 Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities 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. US citizens  will need  a visa to enter the country for the length of this  program. Full details on entry and exit requirements for this country can be found  here. 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 OGO's  Visa Information Page

Information for Non-US citizens can be found  here.  

For more information, contact :

Carisa Trapp
Faculty Director

Cherita King
Program Coordinator








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