Spanish Language Study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito
January 6 - 20, 2013
PROGRAM FEE: $3,405
The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsiblity of the participant.
October 5, 2012
ELIGIBILITY: This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason.
Completion of SPAN 110, or equivalent, prior to departure and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25.
Placement and credits earned are based on your proficiency and previous language study.
CREDITS: Undergraduate: 3 semester credits in Spanish 210,
250, 324, or 335
TYPE OF HOUSING: Homestays
HIGHLIGHTS: Maquipucuna (a cloud forest) and Otavalo (a world famous Indigenous market)
CONTACT: Denise Elles-Mdahuar via email or by calling 703.993.2155 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
George Mason in Ecuador 2012 from Brett Line on Vimeo.
Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in beautiful Quito, Ecuador, one of the most culturally fascinating cities in the world!
The Dome of La Compañia de Jesus Church
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on Incan city ruins. It is among the best-preserved historic centers in Latin America. The rich culture and history combined with rainforests, volcanoes, the Galapagos Archipelago, and the year-round spring-like climate makes Quito the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish!
|Sunday||Jan 6||Arrival Date - Hotel La Colina|
|Monday||Jan 7||AM Orientation at USFQ-City Tour|
|Tuesday||Jan 8||Classes begin at USFQ|
|Wednesday||Jan 9||Class at USFQ|
|Thursday||Jan 10||Class at USFQ AM/PM trip to Guayasamin Museum|
|Friday||Jan 11||Class at USFQ|
|Sunday||Jan 13||Free Day|
|Monday||Jan 14||Class at USFQ|
|Tuesday||Jan 15||Class at USFQ|
|Wednesday||Jan 16||Class at USFQ/PM Lecture on Andean Anthropology|
|Thursday||Jan 17||Otovalo Interactive class (below)|
|Friday||Jan 18||Final Class at USFQ/Presentations and Exam|
|Saturday||Jan 19||Free morning or optional trip/PM Farewell Dinner|
at Otavalo, a World-Famous Indigenous Market
Join the program's academic director, Professor Monica Mulholland, in a variety of activities, such as exploring a cloud forest and bargaining at an indigenous market all the while earning Spanish language credits. Classes will be held at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (pictured above), the number one university in Ecuador and a stunningly beautiful campus!
Professor Mulholland was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a native-speaker of Spanish. She taught English in her native country for twenty years. In 2002, she moved to the United States to teach Spanish in Loundoun County, VA. Professor Mulholland, who is a full-time Spanish instructor on campus, earned her M.A. in Foreign Languages from George Mason University and is now in the process of writing her Doctoral Dissertation in Literature at the CUA. Traveling and teaching are her biggest passions; she is thrilled to be able to combine both in the Ecuador adventure. For more info, visit her website.
tentative dATES: January 6 - 20, 2013
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Quito for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Quito for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase your international airfare until you are advised to do so by your Program Officer.
- Housing with a host family in Quito
- Most meals - breakfasts and dinners
- One lecture per week on Ecuadoria culture
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance
Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students can click here to download the CGE Global Perspectives scholarship application. Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.
How to Apply
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.