Ecuador: Language & Culture in Cuenca
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.
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.
Priority deadline is February 2. Final application deadline February 13.
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.
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
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
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.
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