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UMD-Winter: Ecuador: Technology, Education and Society: Ecuador in Context (CPSP/LASC)

Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ecuador 2018
This 3-credit winter course explores the diverse social, geographic and ecological contexts of Ecuador.  Set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, Ecuador students engage in a series of activities to get a firsthand look at the interactions between technology and social issues such as education, the environmental, energy, food security and public health. Program partnerships between UMD, the University of Cuenca, and indigenous communities of Shiña and Saraguro offer participants opportunities to work, live and study alongside students, families and faculty in Ecuador. Activities include Spanish language classes, field trips, lectures, guest speakers and service- learning experiences. During the course, students discuss critical issues of technology and society in conversations and activities with government, NGO, academic, indigenous and other stakeholders. Students also experience the natural and cultural beauty of Ecuador through visits to various National Parks, museums and communities on the coast, mountains and tropical forests. Don't miss this opportunity to apply your own knowledge and expertise while working with students, teachers and community leaders throughout Ecuador!

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD undergraduates of all majors are eligible to apply. If graduate students are interested in applying, please work with your academic advisor to arrange an independent study. 

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • CPSP279T Practicum: Study Abroad: Technology and Society: Ecuador in Context
  • LASC269T Special Topics in Study Abroad II: Technology and Society: Ecuador in Context

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Participating students earn General Education credits for both Scholarship in Practice and Cultural Competence.

Prior to departure students are expected to complete some preparatory work and participate in two pre-program meetings.

During our two weeks in and around Cuenca, participants stay with host families. In other locations, students will be housed in hotels or hostels.

Costs are current for winter 2019.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $1,762
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $468
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $100
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $900
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Matthew Aruch is the Program Director, Assistant Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program CP Scholars Program and PhD candidate in International Education Policy Program at UMD. Matthew has been collaborating, working, and teaching with the University of Cuenca and the communities of Shiña and Saraguro since 2012.  In addition to the Ecuador winter program, he leads a summer program to Brazil. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology, a master's in Education from Mary Washington College and a master's degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He looks forward to sharing the incredible biological, geography and cultural diversity of Ecuador with participating students during our 3 weeks in Ecuador.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Meetings and collaborations with academic, government and non-government professionals
  • Service-learning projects in the rural indigenous communities and schools of Shiña
  • Community tourism with the indigenous community of Saraguro
  • Spanish classes and tandem language partners at the University of Cuenca
  •  Visits to National Parks that may include hiking in El Cajas National Park in the mountains, the tropical forests of National Park Podocarpus and hiking and snorkeling on Isla de Plata in National Park Machalilla on the coast. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018 01/03/2019 01/24/2019