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Straddling the equator, the country of Ecuador is a richly diverse nation, both in terms of its topography and its multi-ethnic culture. Three distinct zones make up mainland Equador, the coastal plains, the
Andean Sierra, and the upper Amazon drainage area. The Galapagos Islands, famous for its pristine flora and fauna, are located off the Ecuadorian coast and are considered an integral part of the Ecuadorian nation.
Ecuador is a country of contrasts, a member of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), yet one of the most traditional countries in South America. The historic mixtures and juxtapositions of peoples and cultures make it one of the most colorful and rewarding study sites for students in a variet of fields.
Quito is nestled in the eastern slopes of Mount Pichincha just south of the equator at an altitude of 8,000 feet. Known as the "Window of the Andes" and the "City of Eternal Spring", Quito is one of the three most ancient pre-Columbian capitals in Latin America. In Quito one finds colonial edifices and ultramodern structures built on ancient archaeological sites. Looking north, south, and east from Quito on a clear day one can see many majestic snowcapped mountains.
Museums, colonial cathedrals, and fine shopping areas are within walking distance or easily accessible by bus or taxi. The famous Otavalo indigenous market is only a 90-minute bus ride to the north of Quito; other indigenous markets to the south provide fascinating one-day excursions.
Living with an Ecuadorian host family is an important part of your study program in Quito. Homestays provides the opportunity to experience everyday life in Ecuador and to practice Spanish in a warm and friendly environment.
Willamette Language Program
Students enrolled in the Quito Program are totally immersed in Spanish; they live with Ecuadorian families and immediately begin to live, learn and speak Spanish. Program participants generally enroll in three courses. Students also have the opportnity to volunteer several hours per week at a public service agency or place of business.
Included in the cost of the program are a number of excursions:
Program participants may also choose to participate in afternoon excursions to local places of interest, such as local parks and museums. Admission and transportation for these visits are the student's responsibility.
Requirements and Procedures
1. Complete the application form.
2. Enclose the $300 application fee.
3. Include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your college or University.
$300 non-refundable application fee, plus approximately $4,600 summer session fee (covers round trip transportation, tuition, room and board (Homestay Program), and excursions listed above).
Students enrolled in the Quito Program are totally immersed in Spanish; they immediately begin to live, learn, and speak Spanish. Program participants generally enroll in three courses. Students also may volunteer several hours per week at a public service agency or place of business.
Students enrolled in the language immersion program receive two credit hours in first or second year Spanish through Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Classes are held at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS), located in a residential area of downtown Quito. Professors and instructors, many of whom have taught in the Peace Corps language training program and in universities in the U.S., are selected on the basis of educational background, teaching experience, and preparation in teaching students from other countries.
To receive information and an application, please fill out this form
For More Information, call Martha Gavilanez at (503) 375-5354
or John Uggen at (503) 370-6254
or Stacy West at (503) 370-6951