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IU Co-Sponsored Program

  • Picturesque Andean City with a pleasant climate
  • Capitol of Ecuador
  • Entire 'El Centro historico' (Old city) a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Early August to late December --OR--
    Early January to late May
Program Organization
Academic Program
  • IES "Area Studies" Program*
  • Spanish language immersion program
  • IES CORE Course in cultural diversity, environmental studies, or political economy
  • Required Spanish language course at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE)
  • Additional area studies courses taught in Spanish at Facultad Latinamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO), PUCE or IES
  • Students may also participate in credit-bearing internship or service learning experiences with accompanying seminars

*Note: IU selectively co-sponsors IES program offerings, including the one described on this page, but not all IES tracks/offerings. Please contact Overseas Study for clarification.

Course Load

  • Program requires enrollment in Spanish language course and a combination of IES center course(s) AND university course(s) or an internship or service learning experience.
  • 15-19 IU credits in combination of IES and university courses
    • Required Spanish language course (3-4 credits)
    • IES Core course (3 credits)
    • 3-4 Area Studies courses
  • Students live in private homes in Quito with families or señoras
  • Homestay hosts provide 3 meals per day, 7 days per week
Additional Program Information

You may apply if you

  • are a degree candidate at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress,
  • are in at least your third full-time semester of college
  • will have completed at least five semesters of college level Spanish or the equivalent and
  • have an overall cumulative GPA of approximately 3.0
Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible.
Financial Aid
How to Apply for this Program

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2010: February 1, 2010

IU committee screens applications.

Notification of application status sent electronically within 4 weeks of application deadline.

Estimated Costs

Fall 2010 Semester

  • IU portion of fee: $640
  • IES portion of fee*: $13,230 (tuition, orientation, housing and meals, field trips, health insurance)
  • See IU Fee Sheet for additional cost and payment details.

*Program fee reflects discounted fee for IU students after benefit of the $1,500 IES Public University Grant.

Airfare, personal expenses and vacation travel additional.

Initial prepayment of $500 due April 5, 2010 for fall; October for spring.