Ecuador Fall or Spring Semester

This Semester abroad opportunity is based in Quito, the nation's capital. Quito has amazing weather and is famous for its eternal springtime conditions. The city offers rich history, architecture, friendly people and safe living conditions in which to grow and learn. Living and Learning in Quito is part of a 25-year-old organization called Youth World. We offer an amazing mixture of Adventure, Academic Excellence, Culture, Practical Experience, Language, Mission and Integrated Living as you participate in this Semester Abroad program.


Fall '19
Aug 20 - Dec 13

Spring '20
Jan 14 - May 1

Fall '20
Aug 18 - Dec 11

Spring '21
Jan 12 - May 7


Living and Learning in Quito, Ecuador is a study abroad program available to students who desire to continue their college education in an international setting. Living and Learning in Quito will function under the supervision and guidelines of your North American institution. 
This semester is designed to combine classroom learning and practical internships in a unique and challenging cross-cultural setting. Along with  receiving up to 18 units of college credit (must be approved by your academic institution), students will live, learn and grow academically, experientially, and spiritually.

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An Experience Like No Other

Study abroad with us and you'll be immersed in culture, ministry, and learning. And we'll take you to some world class destinations.

  • Experiential Learning

  • Internships and Service

  • Mission and Ministry

  • Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu

  • Cultural Activities

  • Home Stays with Local Families

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Courses Fall/Spring Semester

3-12 UNITS

Each participant will be enrolled in Spanish Language Classes during their time in Quito. After introductory testing, each student will be placed in classes that reflect their appropriate level of learning. U.S. college credit will be earned for these courses. Students come to Ecuador with varying degrees of fluency in Spanish. Consequently, after initial placement testing, students are placed in classes that will correspond to their level of proficiency. Courses will introduce the students to the sounds and structure of the Spanish language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Courses will provide the basis to understand and communicate Spanish effectively. Spanish Courses Offered: 101, 102, 201, 250, 310, 320, 400

ECUADOR 250/350: History, Art & CUlture
1 Unit or 3 UNITS

HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE OF ECUADOR This course provides an overview of the history, politics, and culture of Ecuador, along with the relationship between various factors. The course includes guest speakers from local organizations and visits to community groups, along with lectures and readings. Open only to students who participate in the Ecuador Semester Program.

Community development 100 & internship/service-learning

An integrative cross-cultural experience designed to help the student understand and form his or her Christian worldview, cross-cultural engagement, and understanding of diverse social and cultural contexts. A 1-hour per week course requires the attendance of all students. The goal and emphasis of this course are to provide students with a set of tools to utilize in interacting with people in work, community, or educational settings. Community development interventions in this course are understood as activities to facilitate, strengthen, and improve less-advantaged communities, empower residents to define and participate in the development process, and interact in larger social, political, and economic systems on behalf of the community.


This course will examine the dynamics of personal development in student's lives, focusing on spiritual growth. Biblical principles that govern the character and conduct of Christians will be addressed. Students will employ analytical tools and reflection skills to develop a greater self-awareness. From this foundation they will explore the process of spiritual formation and establish an initial life-plan for the regular practice of spiritual disciplines.


The goal of this course is to understand the nature of a worldview and the function of faith and reason in developing a worldview. To define and analyze eight basic worldviews (Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern pantheism, New Age spirituality and postmodernism). To explore and critique six major world religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Taoism & Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. To offer an internal critique of each worldview and an evaluation from the standpoint of historic Christianity.


This course is designed to examine the principles and practices of communicating from one culture to another. Focus for the course lies in differing perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expressions, language expression and subgroups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. Furthermore, students will have opportunity to discuss strategies for practical application that will address these issues and integrate Christian values.

Biological Principles 100 & Lab

Introductory course designed to provide a broad survey of biological principles and is primarily designed to provide meaningful and adequate exposure to biology for the non-science major. It will also help to prepare students for further study in the biological sciences. Because Ecuador is rich in biodiversity, it is an ideal place to survey biological principles. These principles will include the nature of science, discussion of origins, ecology, cell biology, genetics, zoology and human anatomy, as well as an overview of their effects on daily life. While there is no laboratory class required for this course, a hands-on lab component and field experience will be included.

Old testament survey 110

An introduction to the authorship and contents of the Old Testament books. Special attention will be given to important persons, places and events, as well as to key chapters in the Old Testament revelation, with special emphasis on developing an informed process of biblical interpretation.

Social Entrepreneurship & Leadership 360
3 Units

Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging and rapidly changing business field that examines the practice of identifying, starting, and growing successful mission-driven for-profit or nonprofit ventures, that is, organizations that strive to advance social change through innovative solutions. This course is designed to provide a socially relevant academic experience in order to help students gain in-depth insights into economic and social value creation across sectors including social justice, poverty alleviation, energy, health, and sustainability. Through case studies, lectures, and classroom dialogue, students will learn to think strategically and act opportunistically with a socially-conscious business mindset. Topics will include problem/opportunity assessment, acquiring the necessary resources to grow a social enterprise, including leadership and management styles, and the tradeoffs between social and financial returns on investment. Students will also gain exposure to various social organizational models that are making tangible and potentially scalable progress in serving the poor.


Evaluation of your work is based on many factors. These include but are not limited to: participation, written assignments, and examinations. A "C" grade indicates adequate performance, a "B" grade indicates good, competent and complete work, and an "A" grade indicates creative excellence that is integrative and exceeds requirements.

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to be considered full-time.

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Faculty-Led Program
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What does it cost?

Depending on the Opportunity you select, you will need to check with your college or university for exact costs! However, in most cases if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Ecuador will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!

Cost Includes: 

  • 12-18 semester credits
  • All Lodging and Transportation during program events
  • All meals during program events (about 50% of meals during semester)
  • Trip to the Galapagos
  • Trip to Peru and Machu Picchu
  • Trip to the Amazon Jungle
  • Trip to the Coast of Ecuador
  • Homestay with an Ecuadorian Family
  • Cultural Experiences and Student Activities
  • Internship Experience (for credit option)
  • Visa
  • International Travel Insurance (not primary medical insurance)

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Immunization
  • Meals when not with program (about 50%)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.

If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university and would still like to attend, contact us.