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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Cristina Sosa Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Chemistry, Communication, Environmental Sciences, History, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science, Sociology, Theater, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish
Language Prerequisite: 2 College-Level Semesters Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Provider: University of Minnesota Program Type: Study Abroad
Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore Housing: Family Home Stay
Program Description:

About the Program

Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. Geographically it ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes a mix of indigenous, Spanish and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city within sight of snowcapped volcanoes, which houses a remarkable mix of colonial and modern, rich and poor. Internship sites are scattered within a three hour radius of Quito.


Gain hands-on experience by participating in a community internship, while learning about international development and taking Spanish language courses. This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Ecuador's culture through field experience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Foster an understanding of the global context through classroom and experiential learning
  • Cultivate awareness and appreciation for development issues through engagement with diverse communities
  • Translate insights gained into thoughtful and respectful long-term perspectives on concepts of social justice and sustainable development
  • Strengthen communication skills through acquisition of local languages and cultural awareness


 Homestays are an integral component of the MSID learning experience. You will live and share most meals with at least one family, and possibly with two different families—one during the classroom phase and a second in a different part of the country during the remainder of the program. Students with internships in the main city typically choose to remain with the same family throughout.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.