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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Anthropology, Art, Economics, Gender and Women's Studies, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Social Policy, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone Language level: Spanish 33 or the equivalent
GPA: 2.5
Program Description:


SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Development, Politics and Languages

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs.

Study indigenous concepts of sustainability as it intersects with biological diversity, culture, and quality of life in Ecuador.


Living in Ecuador, you will experience a multilingual and multiethnic nation that is also one of the America’s most biologically diverse countries. Here, you’ll study development as well as alternatives grounded in indigenous worldviews that call for respect of natural resources. Two homestays will deepen your understanding of both urban and rural life and culture in Ecuador.

On excursions to the threatened Intag Forest Reserve and the Galápagos Islands you will observe the conflict between development and natural resource preservation. You will also visit Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main port, to learn about the city’s social inequity and ethnic diversity, and examine issues of cultural identity, development, and regionalism.

You’ll explore how Spanish and indigenous languages are used to reinforce and reinvent power relationships as you consider how intercultural and interethnic relations are shaped. You will learn basic Quichua and develop your Spanish language skills through classroom instruction, homestays, excursions, and cultural immersion.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.


  • Study development, power, and language in a multilingual, multiethnic society.
  • Visit the spectacular Galápagos Islands, the Cloud Forest, Upper Amazon Basin, and Guayaquil.
  • Explore how languages instill, reinforce, and subvert power relationships.
  • Learn how to identify your own cultural biases and imagine a different society
  • Examine how different groups think and talk about social issues


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.  



Academic Program
The program begins with a week of orientation conducted by the program director in Quito. The academic program is conducted in Spanish and consists of:

Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages (0.75 Pomona credit)
Spanish for Social Sciences (0.75 Pomona credit)
Paradigms of Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador (0.75 Pomona credit)
Research Methods and Ethics: Approaches to Political and Linguistic Analysis (0.75 Pomona credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP), (1.0 Pomona Credit)

There is no CR/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live in homestays with Ecuadorian families for four weeks near Quito in Los Chillos Valley, and four weeks in urban Quito.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes or small hotels.

Number of Students
SIT enrolls approximately 20-25 students, selected from a national pool.

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

Faculty Liaison
Grace Davila-Lopez

  • Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish (Spanish 33) or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish.
Students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 02/19/2023 03/10/2023 TBA TBA