Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. Questions? Email the appropriate Program Advisor listed below.
  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/26/2020 05/09/2020

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Ecuador
Development, Politics, and Languages
PROGRAM OVERVIEW SIT Ecuador Development
Photo Courtesy: SIT
  Explore the relationship between power and language in Ecuador, as the country’s multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change.

This 16-credit program analyzes the connections and interplay between language and power in Ecuador. Students will examine how language shapes politics, and how power works through language by exploring how different groups in Ecuador have used languages to instill, reinforce, subvert, and reinvent power relationships, both historically and today.  

Major Topics of Study:
  • Power and politics in Ecuador and official and counter discourses of development
  • How different groups in Ecuador conceptualize and talk about issues such as sustainability, tourism, the extractivist industry question, inclusion, and inter-ethnic relations
  • The impact of Ecuador’s development processes on the environment, discourses surrounding sustainability and tourism
  • The relationship between the language(s) of political power and social movements in Ecuador
  • Indigenous languages, politics, interculturality, and inter-ethnic relations

 Study Spanish and learn Quichua.
Students can greatly advance their Spanish on the program, as students are completely immersed in Spanish-speaking environments, and all coursework is delivered in Spanish. All students also gain exposure to Quichua and other indigenous languages.

Learn research methods and ethics. Conduct independent field research.
Through the program’s research methods and ethics seminar, Approaches to Political and Linguistic Analysis, students learn methods to conduct political and linguistic research. All students complete an Independent Study Project, allowing students to conduct field research on a specific issue related to the program’s themes.

Connect with a range of Ecuadorian partners.
The program’s lecturers are drawn from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Universidad Intercultural Amawtay Wasi, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, and FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), as well as from local NGOs, community organizations, and governmental institutions and agencies. L

Live with diverse Ecuadorian host families.
Students participate in several homestays: in Quito, Ecuador’s capital and political center; in Los Chillos, a valley located outside of Quito; and in an Amazonian community. Students will engage local residents — city dwellers and rural community members alike — as they visit different sites throughout Ecuador.
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA. Major or minor in WU department that approves program. Additionally, students must satisfy SIT’s language and/or content area preparation requirements.

Program Dates:
Term Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring May 1
Please See SIT website for program dates
  Approved Departments:

International & Area Studies
Latin American Studies

Coursework: Students typically earn 16 WU credits (6 for the core seminar, 4 for the independent study project, 2 for the field study seminar and 4 for language study. Language study on SIT programs is awarded general WU credit or, with the language department's approval, elective credit for the major or minor).
  Quito, Ecuador
Students are based in Quito, where they live with a host family, attend classes, conduct fieldwork, and embark on excursions. Students receive lectures from local professionals in the fields of botany, forestry, entomology, ornithology, ecology, and natural history. Majestic mountains surround Quito, where Quiteños say they are living in "la cara de Dios," the face of God. UNESCO named Quito's elegant colonial center a world cultural heritage site in 1978.
  Housing: Students live for approximately eight weeks with a homestay family in Quito. Host families are carefully screened and selected and, when possible, matched to students with similar interests. Host families are diverse in socioeconomic status, occupation, number of family members, and location in or around the city.

Students in this program also experience two shorter homestays, which take place during educational excursions. The first is with a family in a rural cloud forest and the second is on Isabela Island, the largest island of the Galápagos, typically in the small rural fishing town of Puerto Villamil.

Other accommodations during the program may include hostels, field camps, reserve lodges, and boats.

On-Site Support: SIT Study Abroad Support

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.

Scholarships: SIT Scholarships
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.