International Affairs Office

Semester Abroad

This study abroad semester is for students of any discipline who have an interest in other cultures and languages, and who wish to have a deeper learning and life experience. The program combines intensive Spanish language instruction, travel and intercultural learning with a wide range of courses in both English and Spanish, and service learning placements in the community. The program is based in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Program Dates

This study abroad semester is for students of any discipline who have an interest in other cultures and languages, and who wish to have a deeper learning and life experience. The program combines intensive Spanish language instruction (if applicable), travel and intercultural learning with a wide range of courses in both English and Spanish, and service learning placements in the community. The program is based in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Students can choose to study during either Spring or Fall Semester. Spring begins in early January and lasts until late April; Fall begins in late August and finishes in late December. Exact dates are available by emailing: international@uees.edu.ec.

What is included?

  • Airport Reception
  • Orientation Day
  • City Tour
  • Campus Tour
  • Coastal Community Trip: 3 days of travel beginning in Guayaquil and heading to the coast of Ecuador visiting several communities that are important to the development of the country
  • Cacao Experience Field Trip: A full day trip to Churute and a chance to experience the coastal ecology of Ecuador
  • Cultural activity with international and local students
  • Homestay with an Ecuadorian family (all meals included)
  • Full use of the university’s facilities, including sports complex, buses and nurse’s office in campus
  • Farewell Session
  • Up to 15 Credits with an international transcript in English
  • International Affairs Office Assitance

Service Opportunities

Students can choose to be placed in a variety of community organizations that work at addressing the pressing social needs in Guayaquil, such as health, nutrition, education, shelter and housing, and environmental protection, or working with the physically and mentally disabled, street children, and other marginalized members of society. Students are placed according to their skill sets and Spanish language level.

Requirements

  • General Application Documents
  • GPA 3.0 Complete
  • Students must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a University or College of Higher Education