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HECUA Social & Political Transformation in Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Program Terms: January Interim
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
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Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
2.0
 Program Type:
Field Study/Experiential
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Housing Options:
Homestay with family
 Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Economics, Gender Studies, Government & International Affairs, International Studies, Sociology, Spanish
 Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval
 Add'l App Required:
Yes
 Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
HECUA-ECUJ
  • Description

    This course explores socioeconomic issues in Ecuador as manifested in the country's growing inequality and the proliferation of new social movements to address this crisis. Particular emphasis will be placed on indigenous rights, gender equality, the protection and management of natural resources, and Ecuador's new constitution. Students compare and contrast the Ecuadorian experience with developments in other parts of Latin America.

    Ecuador is an ideal setting for this kind of inquiry, presenting a complex scenario of social and economic phenomena. What's more, a mix of indigenous and European cultural and political institutions, as well as a division between a growing leftist movement and a historically conservative middle and upper class, makes it a microcosm of the wider Andean region. Students gain a firsthand perspective on these dynamics with field work and NGO site visits in and around the beautiful capital city of Quito and in more distant rural communities.

  • 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
  • Cost in US$:

    $4,000 for January 2015 program

  • Cost Include Description:

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

  • Experience Required

    no

  • This Program is open to

    Worldwide Participants.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Home-stays
  • Participants Travel to Ecuador

    in Groups

  • Typically Participants Work

    in Groups

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA awards scholarships of USD250 for January-term programs.

  • Application Process Involves

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


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January Interim 2015 10/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.