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  • Locations: Otavalo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/30/2017
**
Rolling Admission 04/29/2018 05/08/2018

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Education and Human Services, Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Cheri Lynn Westmoreland Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:
UC-Ecuador
 

 

Program OverviewEcuador video

Depending on your major and interests, this program has many options available. Students may be placed in primary schools in Otavalo, Ecuador for a practicum experience. Other options include service learning projects with teachers and/or middle and high school students and guided research projects.

Discussion sessions, cultural outings and break time will be available each night. There will also be a trip to the capital, Quito. This is a faculty-led program, so students will be accompanied by faculty members during the entire trip.


Take a look at this video from last year's program!



 

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Location

Ecuador
Otavalo, capital of Otavalo Canton, is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town has about 90,000 inhabitants and is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda volcanoes.

The Otavalo market consists of ninety mushroom-shaped concrete umbrellas with benches. The market was designed and built in 1970 by Dutch architect Tonny Zwollo.

During the market's peak, almost one third of the town becomes full of stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes, hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and spools of wool.





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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Student

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Academic Program and Course InformationClassroom-Ecuador


Course credit is available for the following courses:

  • LSLS 3050
  • LSLS 7050
During these classes, we will learn about Ecuadorian culture, history, politics and education, as well as learn some Spanish, hear from speakers and other activities.

Course credit is available for students if they partake in LSLS 3050 or LSLS 7050 for 3 credits for spring 2018 semester. During these classes, we will learn about Ecuadorian culture, history, politics and education, as well as learn some Spanish, hear from speakers and other activities.
 
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
 
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
 
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):  https://www.uc.edu/bursar/fees.html

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Faculty

Valda Bronston, assistant director & senior academic advisor, will lead this program to Ecuador.  

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Living Arrangements

Living arrangements are provided in a hostel setting which is rural and authentic to the area. Double and some triple occupancy rooms in Otavalo, Ecuador with community bathrooms.

In Quito, it will be a hostel with some dorm like sleeping rooms. All have hot water.

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Getting There

Bird-EcuadorInternational group flight, pre-arranged airport pick up and ground transportation to Otavalo.














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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: TBD (2017 Program Cost:  $2,375)

Included in Program Cost:

  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
 
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)

This program has been awarded an UC International Scholarship, $600 (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.
 

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Valda Bronston

Assistant Director & Senior Academic Advisor
valda.bronston@uc.edu 
Phone: 513-556-2665

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This program is currently not accepting applications.