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Ecuador: Quito - DPL

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Quito - DPL Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Ecuadorian history, politics, linguistics, Spanish language, development, anthropology, and sociology. 

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)


Program Dates
Fall semester: late August to early December. 
Spring semester: early February to late May.

Faculty Liaison
Grace Davila-Lopez

SIT: Development, Politics, and Languages

Tucked high in the Andes, Quito is blessed with a spring-like climate throughout the year and is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. In 1978, UNESCO designated Quito as a world cultural heritage site, ensuring the preservation of Quito’s colonial architecture. The old center is remarkably well preserved displaying some of the most impressive architecture in Latin America. With a spectacular geography that encompasses tropical Pacific beaches, Andean mountain villages, and Amazonian rainforests, Ecuador provides a dynamic setting for studying the challenges that face a small, developing nation.

The School for International Training (SIT) program in Ecuador focuses on the theme of Development, Politics, and Languages. Students will examine how language shapes politics, and how power works through language by exploring how different groups in Ecuador have used languages to instill, reinforce, subvert, and reinvent power relationships, both historically and today.

The curriculum is supplemented by integral excursions to Quichua -speaking villages, a short visit to Guayaquil, and an excursion to an Amazonian Community. Short site visits to NGOs and government offices in and around Quito will focus on development and politics.

Academic Program

The program begins with a week of orientation conducted by the program director in Quito. The academic program is conducted in Spanish and consists of:

Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages (0.75 Pomona credit)
Advanced Readings on Contemporary Ecuador or Beginning Quichua (0.75 Pomona credit)
Paradigms of Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador (0.75 Pomona credit)
Research Methods and Ethics: Approaches to Political and Linguistic Analysis (0.75 Pomona credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP), (1.0 Pomona Credit)

There is no P/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements

Students live in homestays with Ecuadorian families for four weeks near Quito in Los Chillos Valley, and four weeks in urban Quito.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes or small hotels.

Number of Students

SIT enrolls approximately 20-25 students, selected from a national pool.


  • Completion of advanced Spanish (Spanish 44), or equivalent.
  • 7.5 GPA required.

Students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. 

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