Winter Quarter Program in Quito, Ecuador


For students at the high intermediate/advanced level
Next offered: 
Application Deadline: 
October 10, 2017

Program Description

Overview

During Winter 2018, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies will take a group of highly motivated 203, 301 and 302-level students to the city of Quito, Ecuador to live with local families and study local culture and Spanish for a quarter.

Quito is the capital and second largest city (population 1.3 million inhabitants) of Ecuador. It is the nation's main transportation hub, with bus and airline routes that span the country and continent, and it is the home to the most extensively preserved colonial-era neighborhood in South America. Old Quito was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and recently underwent an extensive renovation which was completed in 2007. The city's location in the Andean highlands (elevation 9,300 feet) makes it a unique meeting ground for indigenous and European-influenced cultures. Though located in a tropical zone, the altitude helps keep Quito's climate temperate, and spring-like weather conditions are the year-round norm.

Watch the video: Quito's colonial past gets a makeover

Winter 2018 Program Details

Program dates: January 3 - March 17, 2018

  • All students must arrive in Quito on January 3, 2018 between 10:30pm and midnight. This is extremely important due to the location of the new airport being outside of Quito. All students will go by chartered bus from the airport to ACLAS and meet their host families there.

    Be sure to book your flight early, as prices will go up the closer we get to the Christmas and New Years holidays.

Courses

Classes will be held at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS), located in north central Quito.

While enrolled in this program, students will choose one of the following options (all classes in each option are required):

Option 1
SPAN 203- Intermediate Spanish (5 credits)
SPAN 301- Advanced Spanish (5 credits)
SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits)
SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Option 2
SPAN 301- Advanced Spanish (5 credits)
SPAN 308- Latin American Literature (5 credits)
SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits)
SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Option 3
SPAN 302- Advanced Spanish (5 credits)
SPAN 308- Latin American Literature (5 credits)
SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits)
SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Option 4
SPAN 301- Advanced Spanish (5 credits)
SPAN 302- Advanced Spanish (5 credits)
SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits)
SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Excursions & Other Activities

Students will participate in group excursions and activities, including a tour of the city, a visit to the Ecuador, and a visit to the Indigenous (Indian) Market in Otavalo. Access will be provided to the computer labs at ACLAS.

Please note that students must follow the rules of the Andean Center for Latin American Studies with whom the University of Washington has an agreement. These rules include, among other things, not renting a car while in Ecuador (although students may hire a driver with a car) and signing a statement promising to follow the drug laws of Ecuador.

Housing Information

Housing and board (three meals a day and laundry) for students will be arranged with families in Quito. Houses are typically located in areas for easy access to school and city amenities.

Insurance

Participants must provide proof of health/accident insurance coverage. Please refer to the UW Study Abroad Health Insurance webpage for information regarding health insurance while studying abroad.

Eligibility, Application, & Orientation

Eligibility Requirements

Completion of SPAN 202, 210, 203, 301 or placement into SPAN 203 or 301 prior to Winter Quarter 2018.

Application Procedure & Deadline

Application deadline is October 10. To apply to the program, please visit the UW Study Abroad webpage for the program and click on the "Apply Now" button.

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Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

Marilís Mediavilla
Padelford Hall, C-224
(206) 543-6611
marilism@uw.edu
OR Dalia Correa
Padelford Hall, C-104-F
spsadv@uw.edu

Program Status: 
Active