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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type: Homestay Area of Study: Business Administration, Economics, Education, Foreign Language, Global Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Professional Studies, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Description:

HECUA Study Abroad in Ecuador

Explore competing and collaborating visions for social change. Experience the rich political, cultural, and geographical diversity of Ecuador.


In 2008, Ecuadorians voted in a referendum to adopt a new constitution. Progressives were thrilled by the document, and the accompanying promises of then-president Correa. This enthusiasm has waned, and HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) program examines why. Students in this program analyze the ideals embodied in the Constitution of 2008 and the challenges the country has faced in applying those ambitious goals. 

Based in Quito, this program weaves together a project-based internship, coursework focused on the promise and perils of development, and field visits ranging from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon river basin. When not in the field, students live with a host family in Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city. In the third week of class students begin internships at a diverse range of community organizations. Past sites include: an organic farm (Granja Integral Pachamama), a media hub (El Churo Comunicación), and a women's safe house (Casa Mathilde). Students end the semester with significantly improved Spanish, a deep understanding of models of community participation with a focus on indigenous perspectives, and a firsthand view of the effects of oil politics and globalization on Ecuador's environment and economy. Click here to read more about CILA!


  • Politics and Development in Ecuador (4 credits)
  • Community Participation and Social Change (4 credits)
  • Ecuador Internship (4 credits)
  • Independent Study Project (4 credits)
Total: students will complete all four courses for a total of 16 credits.



A home stay is combined with a 15-20 hour per week hands-on field placement (past examples include youth centers, media organizations, and an urban farm), field visits, and an independent study opportunity designed to meet individual students' learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture. Students will also participate in field excursions to the Amazon Rainforest and visit indigenous communities. 

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Humanities
  • International Relations/ Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urban Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies

Program fees

Please consult the HECUA website for up-to-date pricing. Program fees include tuition, homestay, group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.

Spanish Language Requirement

Four semesters (or equivalent) of College-level Spanish is required to participate in our semester-long study abroad program. 


This program is open to any undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions who have completed their first year of college.


Students live in homestays with Ecuadorian families.


HECUA offers multiple scholarships to students each term. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Visit our website to learn more. 

To Apply

  • Submit an online application to HECUA
  • Submit an application to study off-campus through your home institution
  • November 1st - January term and spring programs abroad, early bird scholarship deadline
  • December 1st - spring US programs abroad deadline
  • March 1st - early bird scholarship deadline for summer and fall programs
  • March 15th - fall programs abroad deadline
  • April 15th - summer and fall US programs deadline

Click here to apply now

Note:  This provider has a Covid-19 vaccination requirement in order to participate in their programs.

Budget Information:
To calculate an estimate of the total cost of your program, use the Cost Estimate Template and do the following:
1. Go to the Full Fees Breakdown document on the HECUA website, located here:
2. Under your program, the HECUA Fee (comprehensive) includes the cost of tuition and housing.
3. Add the items listed under the heading Additional Expense Estimates to your total.  
4.  In addition to these fees, add the following costs to arrive at your total cost
  • Application fee - $65
  • Study Abroad Administrative fee - $460
  • WSU Laptop fee (semester students only) - $485 
If you would like further assistance in calculating the cost of your program, please email

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 09/06/2022 12/17/2022
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.