Ecuador stands as one the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. This study abroad program will take place in Quito, the country's capital, a city with one of the finest and oldest colonial centers in the world. Quito was founded in 1534, and welcomes visitors to a place where history, culture, traditions, and a vibrant metropolitan image shape the character of this city. Quito received the honor of “cultural capital” of Latin America in 2011 and National Geographic has named Quito one of the top 10 places to visit in 2013.
This short-term study abroad program will allow students to explore Ecuador from a multi-disciplinary perspective with a particular emphasis on higher education. Through films, short articles, stories, local news papers, guest speakers, and field trips, students will obtain a solid understanding of the reality of this Andean country.
Students will receive 3 credits of EDLD 479 (Special Topics) or
EDLD 592 (Special Topics) (3 grad)
The course will be taught in English and counts as a Learning Beyond the Classroom Group 5 for EMU students
This course is centered on providing students with the opportunity to compare and contrast the higher education system in Ecuador with the U.S. The course will provide opportunities to examine current challenges and opportunities, allowing students to experience, scrutinize, and reflect upon these issues in a global context.
Open to all degree-seeking EMU undergraduate and graduate students. Open to all non-EMU students.
• Experience a blooming metropolis with a rich cultural heritage in the Andes mountains
• The best preserved colonial center in the world
• A gondola ride to a volcano 15,000 ft above the sea level
• A day trip to the Rain Forest (one of the world's greatest ecosystems)
• A day of spiritual discovery and relaxation at Papallacta Hot Springs
• Dr. Leon was born and raised in Ecuador and will be leading the program
Per-capita GDP: $ 8600
Size: 283561 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 05:00 hours) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
US State Department
Travel Warning: NO
Country Specific Info.