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From the Andes to the Sea: Intercultural Communication in Ecuador

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Andean figurines. Photo by SAU Alum, Carissa Rabe.

This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4211
SAU Course Equivalency:
  +COMM 203, Interpersonal Communication or COMM 360, Special Topics in Communication (four credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Marianne Leonardi, Assistant Professor of Communication, St. Ambrose University
Dates:  December 27, 2013 - January 17, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Cuenca, Ecuador (excursions to Quito, Otavalo and Guayaquil) 
  $4,625 (subject to change)

Program description

This program explores the unique and diverse customs of Ecuador through everyday communication interactions, including hiking through the Andes mountains, chatting with locals, shopping in markets, and exploring the food, history, dance, religion, economics, and music of this amazing country. 

Students will learn about family life in Ecuador through homestays during part of the program. For years, these experiences have ranked really high with students: former students regularly return to Cuenca, "just to visit with my family." Spanish language skills are not a prerequisite for this course. A home-stay with at least one English-speaking family member may be requested.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Housing with a host family
  • Meals (except when traveling)
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals en route and on field trips
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

  • Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
  • The $500 application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.

Payment deadlines

  • November 1, 2013:  remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.