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Quito, Ecuador (Exchange Program)
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE)
The University and Program
Loyola in Ecuador is based at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), a Jesuit University, located in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. PUCE, founded in the mid-twentieth century by the Society of Jesus, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious private educational institutions in Ecuador and is home to 14,000 students.
The program will provide students with an exciting individualized program combining Spanish language instruction, a course on Ecuador and Latin America with a service learning component taught by the Resident Director, Dr. Ximena Sosa, academic courses in Spanish for those with adequate proficiency, biology internships and field trips to various locations including the Amazon and the Galapagos in alternating semesters.
The city of Quito, founded in 1534 at an altitude of 9,350 feet, is a major metropolitan area with a population of almost 2 million. The Historic Center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas and was one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.
Quito is located in Ecuador's Guayllabamba river basin, which makes up part of the country's highlands region. The city is surrounded by many volcanoes, with Pichincha being the closest one. The average temperature hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is divided into two seasons: dry and wet.
Core program courses are taught by the Resident Director. Courses will focus on Ecuador in a comparative perspective with the Andean and other Latin American countries and will provide students with a clear understanding of historical processes that impact contemporary issues. Field trips will supplement the courses and all courses will include a service learning component. All students on the Loyola in Ecuador program are required to take these courses.
Fall – Ecuador and Andean Societies: This course will focus on Ecuador in a comparative perspective with the other Andean countries (Peru, Bolivia and Colombia). The course will cover gender issues, indigenous and mestizo identity, urbanization and the informal sector, popular uprisings, and political regimes in particular different types of populisms. During the fall semester, students will tentatively visit the Amazon, and indigenous and mestizo villages.
Spring – Minority groups, politics and regional integration in Latin America: This course will focus on Ecuador in a comparative perspective with several Latin American countries. It will provide an understanding of political, gender and ethnic issues in contemporary Ecuador and Latin America. It will offer an in depth discussion of new political constitutions and their impact in society, particularly how they affect minorities such as women, Afro-Latin Americans , and Chinese. It also includes topics related to the three field trips to Esmeraldas, Galapagos and Riobamba and “Nariz de Diablo”.
Spanish Language ClassesPUCE’s Spanish as a Second Language program has 6 levels and meets 15 hours per week. Each level is 8 weeks long and students should be able to complete 2 levels in a semester, the equivalent of 4 semesters of university level Spanish. Students in full-time language courses will receive 7 hours of credit for each level passed . All the courses incorporate cultural immersion with classroom activity. Besides linguistic competencies, students will discuss topics of Ecuadorian everyday life.
All students on the program will study with students from all over the world which allows for a wonderful opportunity to learn about Ecuador and explore the rest of the world at the same time. Students beginning the program at the 5th level will be able to take other academic courses at PUCE.
Biology Courses taught in English at PUCE
Academic Courses in Spanish
In addition to studying Spanish language and the course on Ecuador, students with adequate Spanish language proficiency can take courses in a myriad of subjects, including archaeology, communication, economics, psychology, geographic sciences, history, international relations, literature, natural sciences, political science, sociology, sustainable development, linguistics and many more! PUCE's anthropology, biology, Latin American, and environmental studies are particularly exceptional fields of interest.
Biology Research Internships
Research internships are available for students majoring in biology in one of the many laboratories at PUCE. Students applying for the internship should have completed their introductory courses in biology and chemistry.
Dr. Ximena Sosa is the Resident Director for the Loyola in Ecuador Program. Dr. Sosa is an adjunct professor of history at PUCE. She has her Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Mexico and has written numerous books and articles on Ecuador and Latin America. Dr. Sosa will teach the core courses on Ecuador, assist students in their adjustment and coordinate the field trips.Academic Calendar
Ecuador follows the same academic calendar as the U.S. Important dates and deadlines for international students can be found here.
Fall - early August to mid-December
Useful links for the Visa application process are listed on the website of PUCE's Department for International Relations (DRI).
The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, DC, details the requirements for students visa ("VISA12 - V") on the webpages of its Consular Services. Please note that the visa application requires a personal appearance at a consulate.
Students will be placed in homestays no more than 20 minutes from campus. Wireless access will be available on campus if not in the homes, and the rooms are furnished.Orientation
Students have a 2-day orientation onsite. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy will speak to the students about health and safety issues. The core courses on Ecuador will also function as an ongoing introduction to Ecuador. The PUCE exchange program also features a buddy system between a local student and an exchange student.
Loyola students: Please make an appointment with a study abroad advisor in the Center for International Education.
Non-Loyola applicants: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or have your study abroad advisor from home institution send an email to email@example.com with your name, date of birth, major, and email.
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