The Spanish Intensive Program in Ecuador runs for almost four weeks during January semester. Estimated dates for 2013 are December 27, 2012-January 22, 2013. The program is based at the Centro de Estudios Interamericanos in Cuenca, Ecuador, a colonial Spanish city of 400,000 people nestled high in the Andes mountains and enjoying spring-like temperatures year round. The program is designed to provide serious college students, teachers of Spanish and other interested adults with an opportunity to study the language and experience the culture of Latin America.
CLASS: Students attend classes Monday through Friday mornings for four hours each day.
Attendance is strictly required. Classes are taught by Ecuadorian faculty. All classes are four credits. Students may only take one four credit course:
HOST INSTITUTION: Founded in 1992, in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the meeting of the Old and New Worlds, the Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) is a not-for-profit institution of higher learning, dedicated to the study of American languages and cultures. It is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Ecuador and co-sponsors programs with several colleges and universities in the United States.
EXCURSIONS: The Intersession program will begin with an overnight stay in Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil. Students will then wind their way by bus through the magnificent Andes on their way to the Valley of Paute where they will spend two days and nights for orientation and exploration. Once in Cuenca students will make several local field trips including the fascinating Incan ruins at Inga Pirca, and the breathtaking El Cajas national park, at over 10,000 feet above sea level. Finally, students will end the program with several nights on the Pacific coast. Unlike the indigenous Andean experience of the highlands, this final portion of the program will introduce students to Ecuador's tropical Pacific coast with an environmental studies experience.
Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Once the program is full, accepted students will be placed on a waiting list.
The application deadline for spring semester is September 27, 2012. In addition to the application form interested students should submit the following directly to the program director:
Final date to withdrawal from program is September 27, 2012.