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Program Description:

Program Overview     

Ecuador, the only country in the world that has a geological feature as part of the name, takes pride that the equator runs through its country. Ecuador has four distinct regions: The Andes, the Amazon jungle, the Coastal region, and the Galapagos. In this course we will focus on two; Quito, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site capital city and San Clemente, a coastal village of about 2,000 inhabitants. This course will study the land, history, economy, and people of Ecuador, that is, their customs, traditions, beliefs, festivals, religion, use of medicinal herbs, food, and their architecture. There are still about twenty-seven indigenous groups and we will study life before, during and after the Incas. The Incan Empire was the largest and most sophisticated pre-Colombian civilization in South America and their language, Quechua, is still spoken by the majority of indigenous people. We will visit churches, markets, plazas, museums and schools where we will be taught about Quechua and students will also teach English to young students at a local school. We will also experience a religious ritual and learn about the textile industry. We will take a cooking class and drive to one of the world's highest active volcanoes.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • This course is open to students of all majors and at all campuses.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight hotel/hostel/homestay accommodations.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Raquel Lodeiro O'Barr by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact program leader Raquel Lodeiro O'Barr.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/06/2020 03/14/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Raquel Lodeiro by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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