Universidad Ecotec - Study Abroad

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Designed for students wishing to have a deep learning and intercultural experience in Ecuador. It is more than simply taking classes in another part of the world.

Each semester program begins with a 6-day Orientation Tour, and the summer programs with a 4-day Orientation Tour, both starting in Quito. These include visits to the Equator and Andean communities. We aim to aid students' cultural adjustment and understanding of the new environment they find themselves in.

During the semester-long programs, international students are permitted to take a maximum of 5 classes per semester. These can be made up in any one of the following ways – Spanish Language Classes at various levels, studies in Spanish through any of our 5 schools, courses taught in English, Service Learning and volunteering opportunities– but a combination of some or all is usual.
  • Business and Economics
  • Telecommunications, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Law and Government
During the summer programs, international students enroll in intensive Spanish courses offered at all levels. In addition, students are placed according to their skill set and Spanish language level in a variety of agencies that work at addressing social needs in Guayaquil; such as health and nutrition, education, homelessness, immigration, environmental protection, house-building for families in need, among others.

Other elements of our program include an enriching cultural immersion by staying with an Ecuadorian homestay family, cultural activities and fieldtrips, all contribute to strengthening that understanding, and offer the kind of experiential learning that is both enriching and great fun.

Semester I: January – April
Semester II: May – August
Semester III: September – December

Serve & Learn with Ecotec Summer Program: June (4 weeks)

Serve & Learn with Ecotec Summer Program II: July (4 weeks)
Why Choose Ecotec:
  • Friendly, experienced, bilingual staff available 24 hours for students
  • Ecuadorian host family accommodation
  • Extensive travel and fieldtrips
  • Opportunity to serve in the community
It is not just about the equator, it is about biodiversity.

Ecuador is ranked among the 17 Mega-Diverse countries in the world.

Ecuador has 4 diverse and unique regions:

  1. The Amazon Rain Forest
  2. Coast
  3. The Andes
  4. The Galapagos Islands

These four regions can be explored within a 24-hour period of time. Also, there are 256,000 km2 (exactly 98,842 square miles) in Ecuador, with the largest amount of bio-diversity per area in the world.

Besides its extensive bio-diversity, Ecuador is home to an impressive number of ethnic groups, including some that still preserve their non-western or pre-Columbian values such as  the Otavalo Indians who practice cultural traditions from ancient times.

Because of its location at the equator, weather is never an issue. It is hot all year round!

Students live and study in the city of Guayaquil. It offers some great attractions that are worth seeing:  “Las Peñas” one of the oldest parts of the city, which is the only area where the historic wooden houses were not destroyed by fire, and where you can get an impression of the old, picturesque colonial Guayaquil. Or you can walk along the beautiful river front Malecon with its various attractions and restaurants. The colonial churches such as “La Merced” or “San Francisco”, the beautiful cemetery below “Cerro el Carmen”, museums, Botanical Gardens and parks, including Parque Seminario, which is known for its tame iguanas are also definitely worth a visit.
Universidad Ecotec
Km 13,5 vía a Samborondón
Samborondón – Ecuador
US Phone +1(561)409-0331
EC Phone +593(4) 372-3400 Ext 442

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