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IES: Quito Summer Program, Ecuador (Third Party)

The Program                                                                                  

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is a vibrant, modern city with roots in the Incan Empire and Colonial Spain. Although the country is about the size of Colorado, Ecuador offers the environmental megadiversity of a much larger country. Four eco-regions – the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands – offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attract biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. In addition to its natural riches, Ecuador is an architectural jewel and offers the warmth and hospitality of its people.

Designed for students interested in environmental studies in South America, IES Quito summer program offers language study and combines coursework with field visits to give you the opportunity to explore the richness of Ecuador’s ecology in various parts of the country and to discuss a range of issues related to environmental management and conservation. The program is organized in cooperation with the Galápagos Academic Institute for Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) and courses are offered in English. No prior study of Spanish is required.

The Academics

You will take three courses for a total of 9 credits. All students will take two environmental studies courses (3 credits each) and one Spanish language course (3 credits). An on-site proficiency test will determine language placement.

Advanced students may also choose conversation partners in lieu of formal instruction.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
EEB 3893 Foreign Study ES 360 Ecuadorian Ecosystems 3 12/31/2019

The Experience

Housing while based in Quito is provided in private homes in the city with Ecuadorian hosts. Homestay hosts provide three meals daily, seven days a week, one of which may be a sack lunch.

IES Quito sponsors field study trips to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon region, and the highlands. Students will explore the unique flora and fauna of these bioregions, in addition to examining current environmental, political, and economic issues. The cost of these field study trips is included in the program fee, and participation is required.


Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

IES Public University Grants
UConn students receive an automatic $2,000 credit toward all IES Abroad semester and academic year/calendar year programs. This $2,000 credit will be noted on your IES Abroad invoice.

You must be accepted to and attend an IES Abroad program authorized UConn in order to receive one of these scholarships. No additional application necessary –  the grant is automatic for all eligible students. Simply apply to an IES Abroad Fall, Spring, Academic Year or Calendar Year Program.

Other IES Scholarships can be viewed here.

Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Environmental Studies, Humanities
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75