Universidad de Cuenca
While in Cuenca, students will take classes at the Universidad de Cuenca, a prestigious public university and one of the oldest in the country. At Cuenca University, students will take intensive language-based classes and Belén’s class, in addition to classes in sociology, anthropology and/or history of Latin America.
Courses and Credits
Students will earn a total of 18 academic credits for the successful completion of this program. All courses are taught in Spanish. Grades will be sent to the Earlham Registrar and will be included in the student's GPA. Courses include Intensive Spanish (8 credits), “The Sounds of Spanish” (4 credits), Spanish Grammar (3 credits), and an Elective (3 credits). Elective courses that are offered through the Spanish for Foreign Students Program include: • Literatura Latinoamericana Contemporánea; • Literatura Hispanoamericana; • Literatura de la Mujer en América Latina; • Realidad Latinoamericana; • Cultura y Civilización de Latinoamérica; • Cultura y Literatura Indígena de los Andes; y • Kichwa.
Students will be evaluated by Belén before the end of the spring semester, using the language placement exam of the Universidad de Cuenca. If they continue studying Spanish over the summer and want to be re-tested once they arrive in Ecuador, they will have the opportunity to be re-tested at the the Universidad de Cuenca and placed into appropriate language courses for their level of proficiency in Spanish. All of the students will take an introduction to phonetics class with Belén, “The Sounds of Spanish,” which will run through the entire semester. At the Universidad de Cuenca, students who demonstrate superior language proficiency may be allowed to take courses in literature, history, politics, art, music and humanities in general. Students who enroll in an Art or Music class will fulfill the Earlham College A-HT general education requirement. Courses that may fulfill other GenEd requirements must be petitioned prior to the program.
During the orientation week in Quito as well as Cuenca, students will have the opportunity to explore the cities and familiarize themselves with the distinctive historical districts, landmarks, transportation systems, and cultural centers. During the semester, various mini-seminars, special guest speakers and cultural excursions are planned that focus on anthropological, political and social topics. Some excursions will be day trips and others will require over-night stays.
Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course
Students accepted to the Ecuador Program are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations - Pre (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations - Post (1 credit) after they return. Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants of the program. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a Handbook of important information prior to the program. Following return to campus, students will participate in a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations - Pre is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.
The cost of the program is equivalent to one semester of on-campus tuition, room, board and fees. Program charges cover academic and educational costs, room, board, cultural events, and required group excursions. Students on financial aid are eligible to apply their aid to one Earlham or Earlham-approved off-campus program during their college career.
Students will need to plan for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, passport and visa fees, books, cell phones, health costs, personal expenses, and costs for the independent travel period during break.
Students are responsible for arranging their own flights to and from Ecuador. Information on travel options will also be available during orientation.
Undergraduate students of all academic backgrounds and majors in good standing with the College are encouraged to apply. Students must complete at least Spanish 102 prior to the program. Selection for the program will be conducted by a student and faculty committee.
The tentative dates of the program are August 23 - December 10.
Students may pick up applications in the Center for Global Education (CGE) in 131 Landrum Bolling Center or apply online at: http://earlham.edu/academics/off-campus-study/earlham-off-campus-program-application/.
Policies for all Earlham and Earlham-approved off-campus study opportunities can be found here.