Program: the Meeting of Cultures
During the early fall of 2013, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies will offer a total immersion cultural program in Ecuador. This program will provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of language and culture in a total immersion experience.
Students on the program will maintain their UW residency and any financial aid eligibility already established. Credits earned will be recorded on student’s UW transcripts and apply directly to UW graduation requirements.
The dates of the program will be August 26- September 20, 2013.
Please note that students are expected to arrive in Quito no later than Sunday, August 25, 2013.
Conversational Spanish: Students will receive 34 hours of conversation in the Spanish language, which will give them an opportunity to practice the grammar and lexicon learned in their UW courses. These sessions will also include grammar review.
Students will earn 5 UW credits in SPAN 199, 299 or 393. Credits will be posted on the student’s Fall Quarter transcript.
Criteria for evaluation are as follows:
|Participation and HW
*The essay will be based on a topic chosen by student and previously approved by the Resident Director. The deadline for essay submission will be October 10, 2013.
& Other Activities
During the course of this program, students will participate in ten hours of a Salsa dance workshop, a weekly lecture on Ecuador: The Meeting of Cultures, a weekly guided visit to sites of cultural and historical interest in Quito, and three excursions outside of Quito (to Mitad del Mundo, Otavalo, and Manta).
Participants will be placed individually with local families in Quito, with whom they will take three meals a day. Houses are typically located in areas with easy access to school and city amenities.
Participants must provide proof of health/accident insurance coverage. Please refer to
IPE's Health Insurance webpage for information regarding health
insurance while studying abroad.
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION
The objective of this program is to offer students of Spanish the opportunity to practice their language skills in a total linguistic and cultural immersion environment. The minimum prerequisite is Spanish 102 or equivalent, to be completed by the beginning of the program.
Applications are due by March 31, 2013. To apply to the program, please visit IPE's webpage for the program and click on the Apply Now button.
Applications will be considered on a first come and on a space available basis, so students are encouraged to apply early.
The total cost of the program (including a room, three meals a
day with a Ecuadorian family, excursions, class materials, some Internet access, and program overhead) will be approximately $3,000. This amount includes everything EXCEPT round-trip airfare,
local transportation (except for the group excursions), passport, health insurance,
$300 IPE fee, International Student ID card, and pocket
All fees will be charged to the student’s account and should be paid at Student Fiscal Services on the following schedule:
- $350 non-refundable deposit- charged upon receipt of contract
(You must sign a payment contract to complete your application and to secure your place in the program.)
- $300 non-refundable UW Study Abroad fee- October 11, 2013
- $2,650 program balance- October 11, 2013
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Undergraduates who intend to study abroad are encouraged to apply for the
Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad
and the Global
Opportunities Scholarship for Study Abroad.
Students seeking further information on financial aid and scholarships
for foreign study should visit the
IPE Financial Aid webpage,
or request the Financial Aid outline from the IPE Office. In
addition, students may reference the
UW Scholarship Office website
for more information on general and foreign study scholarships. Students
will maintain their eligibility to receive most forms of UW student
financial aid while participating in this program, provided that they
The $350 program deposit and $300 IPE Fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be responsible for a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the IPE Office.
Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to both:
|Division of Spanish & Portuguese
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4360
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5815
Questions about the program can be answered by:
Padelford Hall, B-229
Padelford Hall, C-214
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