Study Center Overview
Located at the foot of the Andes just outside the bustling Mariscal district of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, the CIMAS Foundation offers a uniquely interdisciplinary study program to help students achieve an appreciation for and integration in the diverse local culture. Through a team teaching approach utilizing the knowledge and skills of a wide variety of local experts, teachers, and organizations, CIMAS hopes to offer students a glimpse of a new cultural perspective, that of the indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, and Mestizo people. Students will explore how these worldviews might contrast to Western culture through a study of the global economic, social, political, environmental and cultural lenses.
Noted as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the capital city of Quito offers a beautiful setting to explore during your time abroad. Only a short distance from the Andes, the Pichincha volcano, the rainforests and bustling market towns like Otavalo, Quito will offer the splendor of the colonial city as well as modern museums, shopping malls, and ample nightlife.
A considerable portion of your time abroad (estimated at 21 days) will consist of field trips to visit sites significant to the study of interculturality. Past field trips have included visits to local indigenous communities, healing practices/worldviews discussed by community shamans, clinics/hospitals engaged in intercultural medicine, Quichua farms practicing ethnobotany, and special guest lectures on topics of interest.
Spring Semester: Mid-January to Mid-May
Fall Semester: Early September to Mid-December
Classes are fixed and students must enroll in all offerings listed below, however, the courses can be articulated to several academic disciplines including Anthropology, Environmenal Studies, Global Studies, Political Science, and Spanish.
Language of Instruction:
English. No knowledge of Spanish or Latin American culture assumed, though knowledge of Spanish will be very helpful. For students without formal training in Spanish, one semester's worth of beginning Spanish can be earned.
15 semester units, with each course worth 3 units and 45 contact hours
All program participants will be assigned individual rooms with a homestay family for the duration of their stay in Quito. The homestay environment will offer wonderful insights into the Ecuadorian culture and many practical benefits of Spanish language practice. Most homestays can accommodate one student. Careful attention will be given to placing students in the environment best suited to their personalities and preferences. Two meals a day (breakfast & dinner) and weekly laundry comes with your homestay placement. Other meals can be purchased within an easy distance of the study center.
For all excursions related to the internship/learning experience (some 21 days in total over the semester), shared hotels will be booked by CIMAS staff.
For Fall Semester: May 1
For Spring Semester: November 1
How to Apply