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HECUA Social & Political Transformation in Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Fact Sheet:
Lang. of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Homestay
Program Type: Off-Campus Study Areas of Study: Anthropology, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Humanities, International Relations, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies, Women's Studies
Program Description:


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. 

  • Highlights

    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.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Area/Ethnic Studies
    • Art/Fine Arts
    • Communications
    • Conservation and Preservation
    • Culture
    • Ecology
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Field-Study
    • Foreign Language
    • Geography
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Latin American Studies
    • Leadership
    • Liberal Arts
    • Peace Studies
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Spanish Literature
    • Sustainable Development
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Program fees:

    Some schools have a different fee structure. Always check with your home institution first. Member school students pay $4,150.  The standard rate is $4,350. *Fees include round-trip airfare between any major U.S. city and Quito, Ecuador.

  • Program Fees include:

    Air travel, ground travel, housing, most meals, excursions & events, reading materials

  • Experience Required


  • This Program is open to

    Any undergraduate student enrolled in a college or university in the United States. 

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Home-stays
  • Participants Travel to Ecuador

    in Groups

  • Typically Participants Work

    in Groups

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA awards scholarships of $250 for January-term programs. You can find more information about scholarships here

  • Application Process Involves

    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Transcript

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.