Study international development in Ecuador—a blend of indigenous and Spanish colonial—while improving your Spanish language skills. You’ll also contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization while you are there. Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice.
- Learn about international development.
- Gain hands-on experience by participating in a community internship.
- Take Spanish language classes.
- Program type:
MSID Ecuador is an experiential program. Learn about Ecuador through classes, field trips, internships, and research.
3,000-4,000 level courses.
Fall semester, spring semester, and optional pre-session.
2.5 GPA; juniors and above; 4 semesters of college-level Spanish required. Experience in your MSID country, relevant course work, or volunteer experience preferred but not required.
16 credits for fall or spring semester. Add 4 credits for optional pre-session.
Dr. José Suárez, MD, Ph.D. in epidemiology, directs the academic program. Delores López assists with program coordination, and Ecuadorian faculty provide all instruction.
How to Apply
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About This Program
Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. Geographically it ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes every mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city within sight of snowcapped volcanoes, which houses a remarkable mix of colonial and modern, rich and poor. Internship sites are scattered within a three-hour radius of Quito.
Homestays are an integral component of the MSID learning experience. All students live and share most meals with at least one family, and many with two different families--one during the classroom phase and a second in a different part of the country during the remainder of the program. Students with internships in the main city typically choose to remain with the same family throughout.
Language Pre-Session: An optional winter break or summer session intensive language course is offered for fall semester and academic year students. One language course is taught over a four-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. The Ecuador program offers 5th semester language instruction. The syllabus focuses on language skill development and daily oral practice. Students live with host families, and local excursions are included.
Semester Program: The semester program consists of four courses. All classes are with program participants and are taught by local faculty. Through the coursework and the internship, you have the opportunity to discuss the complex nature of development as realized in your MSID country.
About the Learning Abroad Center
The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, intern, community engagement, research, and volunteer experiences worldwide.
The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations that provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.
A variety of program options--more than 180 programs in 50 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.
Program Application Process:
Steps to Study Abroad through Pace (May 2022)
Pace's Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer: March 15
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- Students are responsible for:
- Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student's Pace account.
- Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.
- Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
- All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $12,500 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad. (Portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to 2 semesters, and Pace tuition remission does not apply.)
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ENSURE YOU ENROLL IN ENOUGH CREDITS DURING YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD!!
A minimum of 12 U.S. credits is required during a semester abroad.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2023||10/15/2022 **||Rolling Admission||01/15/2023||05/05/2023|
|Fall||2023||03/15/2023 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
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