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Seminar in Ecuador
Cuenca, Ecuador
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: BW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Seminar in Ecuador

Ecuador Child   Ecuador Turtle   Ecuador Group   Ecuador Mountains  


About the Program

The Seminar in Ecuador will engage students in six weeks of intensive study on-campus prior to going to Ecuador for 10 weeks.  During the six weeks on campus, students will complete traditional coursework.

Five of the ten weeks spent in Ecuador will be spent in Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador.  There students will engage in intensive Spanish study while living with Ecuadorian families (one student per family).  There will also be field trips and occasional lectures devoted to ecology, political science, and culture.  An additional four weeks will be spent visiting the Galapagos, the Amazon basin, the Intag-Otavalo region and  the central Andes plus the coast. 

No course pre-requisites including no Spanish language pre-requisite. All majors are welcome to apply!


Meet the Program Leaders

Melampy   Dr. Michael Melampy
   A professor of Biology at BW,  he initiated the Seminar in Ecuador
   in the late 1980s and has participated in a total of eight Ecuador
   programs. He is the faculty leader of this years Seminar in Ecuador
   and teaches the Biology course and Orientation classes.
Dr. Javier Morales-Ortiz   Ortiz
An assistant professor of Political Science, Dr. Morales- Ortiz teaches  
a course on Latin American politics as part of the regular program of   
the Political Science Department and will teach the Politics course  
on campus.  

*Tentative Itinerary

Spend the first 6 weeks on-campus completing intensive preparation and orientation at BW.

Spend 10 weeks in Ecuador:

RIOBAMBA
Travel down the avenue of the volcanoes through Ecuador's highlands and visit Mt. Chimborazo.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Spend a week sailing from island to island.

GUAYAQUIL AND THE PACIFIC COAST
Travel through a variety of climates and ecological regions visiting Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil, and archeological sites.

HIGHLANDS OF NORTHERN ECUADOR
Visit the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve and the Otavalo area, famous for the handicraft markets and a traditional healing ceremony.

AMAZONIAN LOWLANDS
Visit a field station near the lowland rainforest of Yasuni National Park, perform ecological field projects and interact with local indigenous communities.

CUENCA
Ecuador's third largest city provides students the opportunity to live with host families and study Spanish intensively.

 

Application Process

The Seminar in Ecuador application is divided into phases. When you begin your application, you will only have access to Phase 1 until we verify that you meet all BW requirements to study away. These requirements include that you meet the minimum GPA required for the program and that you have not had any student conduct violations within the past 12 months (this will be verified  with the student conduct office).

The faculty leader may be conducting interviews to determine student participants. If you are accepted, you will have until March 15, 2014 (the application deadline) to complete Phase 2 of the application.

 

Academic Courses and Credits

Earn 18 credit hours

  • BIO 210 Tropical Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 200 Orientation to Ecuador (3 credits)
  • POL 263 IF Government and Politics in Latin America
  • *SPN 110 Elementary Spanish in Ecuador (7 credits) 
  • *SPN 210 Advanced Spanish in Ecuador
* Students will take a placement exam and will be enrolled in either SPN 110 or SPN 210 

Fulfills the International Studies core requirements


Requirements

Each applicant must be in good academic and judicial standing. Be flexible and adventurous. You must be able to handle the rigors of international travel with 20 classmates and professors.
 

*Cost

All participants will pay full-time Baldwin Wallace tuition for the Fall Semester in addition to the Seminar in Ecuador fee.  The estimated cost for the program is between $6,200-$6,800.* All financial aid is fully applicable. Those who have not previously studied abroad may be eligible for grants.

  • Residential students pay the entire room and board for the Fall Semester, with 10 weeks being used for Seminar room and board expenses.

  • Commuters pay 10 weeks worth of room and board to cover costs while in Ecuador Program.


*BW reserves the right to modify the itinerary, program dates, and fees associated with the trip.


Application Process

The Seminar in Ecuador application is divided into phases. When you begin your application, you will only have access to Phase 1 until we verify that you meet all BW requirements to study away. These requirements include that you meet the minimum GPA required for the program and that you have not had any student conduct violations within the past 12 months (this will be verified  with the student conduct office).

The faculty leader may be conducting interviews to determine student participants. If you are accepted, you will have until March 15, 2014 (the application deadline) to complete Phase 2 of the application.



 
This program is currently not accepting applications.
 
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