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Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador

Summer I 2016, April 29 - June 18

Open only to currently enrolled Western Michigan University students.

Program overview

laguna de cuicochaThe WMU program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito offers qualified students the opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in university courses especially designed for them.

Earn seven credit hours in Ecuador, advancing your fluency in Spanish and expanding your knowledge of Latin American cultures. These courses will be offered at the beautiful campus of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, located in the valley of Cumbayá, which is known as one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the capital. Students will participate in various cultural activities outside of the classroom such as visits to the famous historical center of the city, which was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by Unesco in 1978. Other excursions included in the program are trips to Otavalo, Cotacachi y la Laguna de Cuicocha. These co-curricular activities will provide many opportunities for students to explore and learn about Ecuadorian culture in depth.

pdf 2016 program flyer


Students will earn a total of seven credit hours for the seven weeks of study in Ecuador. Four of these summer I credits will be for SPAN 2010 and three will be for SPAN 3170.


Students selected for the program will stay with families in Quito. They will have individual rooms and will eat all three meals with the family.


Students make their own travel arrangements both to and from Quito. They are advised to consult with the faculty director before finalizing their travel plans. If they travel independently to Quito, they will be responsible for coordinating their arrival with the faculty program director. Students who wish to do so may travel to Quito with the faculty director.

downtown quitoAdministrative organization and student responsibility

Students will be advised by WMU faculty program director, Professor Patricia Montilla, who is a member of the regular WMU Spanish faculty. Orientation sessions will be offered on campus prior to departure and will be in Quito during the first week of classes to assist students with any questions about their accommodations.

In addition to doing satisfactory academic work, WMU students are to comply with all rules and regulations of both WMU and the Universidad de Quito. Any student who does not meet academic and behavioral standards may be dropped at any time.

Western Michigan University reserves the right to cancel or revise the program if necessary.

Additional program information is available from:

Professor Patricia Montilla, faculty program director

Professor Mercedes Tasende, study abroad advisor

Department of Spanish

Joey Rasich, WMU Office of Study Abroad specialist