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  • Locations: Guayaquil, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Host Institution Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Fall 2019 03/02/2019
03/26/2019 08/25/2019 12/07/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid Applicability: Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 2.50
Housing Option(s): Host Family/ Homestay, Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: LMU Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Pamela Underwood
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Program Advising Meeting Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Humanities, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies
Program Description:
SIT Ecuador


Study indigenous concepts of sustainability as it intersects with biological diversity, culture, and quality of life in Ecuador, where climate change is one of the most dramatic manifestations of a dominant civilizational model in crisis.

SIT Ecuador - MAP2


Key Topics of Study

  • Power and politics in Ecuador; hegemonic and counter-hegemonic discourses of development
  • How different groups in Ecuador think and talk about issues such as sustainability, restoration, resource-extracting industries, social inclusion, and inter-ethnic relations
  • The impact of development on the environment, and conversations about sustainability and quality of life
  • The relationship between the language(s) of political power and social movements in Ecuador
  • Indigenous languages, politics, interculturalism and plurinationality


Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.


Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages in Ecuador
(LACB3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Paradigms of Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador
(LACB3005 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Research Methods and Ethics 
(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Independent Study Project 
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)


Spanish for the Social Sciences I 
(SPAN2003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Spanish for the Social Sciences II 
(SPAN2503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Spanish for the Social Sciences III 
(SPAN3003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Spanish for the Social Sciences IV 
(SPAN3503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

For more information about the classes, please go to the SIT website.


The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. 


Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
  • A Quichua-speaking region, where you can put your new languages skills into practice. 
  • Intag Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the most biologically diverse but threatened ecosystems in the world. This visit is complemented by an earlier excursion to the Upper Amazonian Basin.
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main port. You will explore a city with social inequity and ethnic diversity, including large Chinese and Lebanese communities. Discussions will be include cultural identity and difference, local urban imaginaries, development, and regionalism. 
  • The Galápagos Islands to explore the impact of sustainability and tourism and the ways in which a place is constructed through dramatically varying discourses. See the Charles Darwin Research Station, National Park Headquarters, tourism agencies, civil society organizations, and natural history sites.


Please go to the SIT Website  to find information about the fees and to schedule a meeting with a SIT Coordinator to learn more about the programs.

Important Notes:

LMU students may study on programs that are not administered directly by our institution.  This study abroad program is an example of an approved Non-LMU program.  If a student chooses to study abroad on one of the approved Non-LMU programs, they must follow the below administrative procedure.
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator who advises for Non-LMU programs
  • Complete a Study Abroad Application for Non-LMU programs by the deadline.  Students will go through the Transfer of Credit Approval (TCA) process to determine how the courses will transfer towards their degree as part of their Study Abroad Application. This is in addition to the host institution/organization application materials a student must submit directly to the host institution/organization.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their departmental advisor about their study abroad plans and discuss how it fits with their academic plan.
Students who do not complete the above full administrative procedure starting with the Study Abroad office will not be approved to receive Academic Credit for their Study Abroad program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.