SIT – Comparative Ecology and Conservation


Both Fall and Spring Semester


Four semesters of college Spanish, with one semester taken in the year preceding study abroad.


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 “National Identity, Ethnicity, and Social Movements”. Students begin the program with intensive Spanish language study. Following this class, students begin the core seminar in National Identity, Ethnicity, and Social Movements, taught in Spanish, which deals with the following sub-themes: History, Politics & Economics; Development Issues; Environmental Issues, Geography & Ecology and Cultural Anthropology & the Humanities. The core seminar is supplemented by integral excursions to the cloud forest, the Ecuadorian Amazon and the coastal region, as well as homestays in coastal villages outside of Quito. The other academic components of this program include a required field study seminar and required independent study project.

For details, see the SIT program description.

Note: Depending on your college, this program may not be pre-approved, and may require special petition. Do not let this discourage you. For more information, contact your school's study abroad office: