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HECUA: Community Internships in Latin America (Ecuador)
Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
Program Term(s):
Semester only
Minimum Class Standing:
Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.50
Prerequisites:
No
Previous Language Study Req?:
Yes
Language of Instruction:
Spanish
Language courses offered:
None
Language GPA:
3.0
Housing Options:
Homestay
Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Culture, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Independent Study, Interdisciplinary Design, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Minority Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Health, Psychology, Public Health, Service Learning, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies, Women's Studies Program Design: Group based, Study Center, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Internship
Program Description:

HECUA Study Abroad in Ecuador

?Description

Ecuador is a country of dramatic contrast in nearly every sector: social, political, economic, and geographic. Based in Quito, the Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) program weaves together a semester-long, project-based internship, coursework focused on the promise and peril of development, and field visits ranging from the Andean foothills to the basin of the Amazon river. When they are not in the field, students live with a host family in the urban center of Quito, Ecuador's beautiful and historic capital city. 

In the classroom, students study and analyze the political, economic, and social proposals embodied in the Constitution of 2008, and the challenges the country has faced in applying those ambitious goals. In the second week of class students begin work at a diverse range of community organizations. Previous internship sites have included an organic farm (Granja Integral Pachamama), an arts hub for urban youth (El Churo Comunicación) and a women's safe house (Casa Matilde). Students should expect to end the semester with significantly improved Spanish, a deep understanding of models of community participation and development, and a firsthand view of the effects of oil politics and globalization on the Ecuadorian environment and economy. 

  • Highlights

    A home stay is combined with a 20 hr/week hands-on internship, field trips and an independent study opportunity designed to meet your own learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Subject Areas

    • Anthropology
    • Conflict Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Humanities
    • Interdisciplinary
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
    • Chicano Studies
    • Geography
    • Latin American Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Intensive Language
  • Program fees:

    Please consult the HECUA website for up-to-date pricing.

  • Fees include:

    Group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.

  • Experience Required

    Yes. Four semesters (or equivalent) of College-level Spanish is required to participate in our semester-long study abroad program.
  • This Program is open to

    Students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions.

  • Typical Living Arrangements

    • Homestays
  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice, and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online Application plus Application Assessment
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript
    • Spanish language review



See the HECUA Ecuador website for more info >>>


Gustavus information

HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.

Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.

Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.