SIT: Ecuador Culture and Development


The SIT: Ecuador Culture and Development program based in Quito, Ecuador focuses on the culture and development of the Andean region of Latin America with a focus on Ecuador. SIT Ecuador program participants will investigate the political, economic, and cultural challenges of this developing country. Students on this program will participate in educational excursions to sites such as the Andean cloud forest , Ecuadorian rainforest, Guayaquil, and the central coast region, as well as a month-long Independent Study Project.

Fields of study:

Intensive Spanish and Latin American Studies Courses


Minimum cumulative gpa of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); 3 recent semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


August-December; January-May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Spanish Language (6 credits)
Culture and Development Seminar (4 credits)
Field Study Seminar (2 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Hostels and small hotels, four-week homestay in Los Chillos Valley, three-week homestay in urban Quito, and a 5-day homestay on the Ecuadorian Coast


During the homestay, students take meals with their host families. During the other periods, students are either provided with meals or given a stipend so that they may purchase their meals.




Rolling admission, students are encouraged to apply early.


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