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Summer Spanish in the Andes (annual)

A program with altitude: Summer Spanish in the Andes

This program is open to Augustana and non-Augustana students.

Interested non-Augustana students should contact the IOP Director 

The application period for the 2015 program has closed for Augustana students.

To enquire about a late application contact the IOP Director.

The Summer Spanish in the Andes (SSA) program is designed to provide an opportunity to study the language and experience the culture of Latin America. The program includes formal classroom instruction, the opportunity to live with and learn from an Ecuadorian family, and visits to sites of cultural, geographical and historical interest in Ecuador and Peru.

The Summer Spanish Program in the Andes is co-sponsored by Augustana College and the Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI), a not-for-profit institution of higher learning in Cuenca, Ecuador which offers academic programs in Latin American culture and literature, international business and teaching English as a foreign language.


Students at any level of Spanish are eligible for the 10 week program.  The 5-week program is restricted to students who have taken Spanish 301 or 305 (equivalent to 5 semesters of college Spanish.)  Both Augustana and non-Augustana students are invited to apply to the SSA program.

Program Description

10 week option:  Students fly to Quito, Ecuador in late May or early June (depending on the year) and spend several days in Northern Ecuador exploring the capital and visiting sites such as the Otavalo Market.  Following overland travel the group moves to Cuenca, Ecuador, a colonial city in the south and among the Andes.  In Cuenca students are placed in houses with families.  Our host families work with the students to teach them about the culture of Ecuador as well as to encourage the use of Spanish outside of the classroom.  Classes are held at the Centers for Interamerican Studies during the week and weekends offer several dynamic excursions.  There is a mid-term trip into the rainforests of Ecuador's Oriente region and the program ends with a 7 day foray into Peru to visit Lima, Cusco and the Incan city of Machu Picchu.   Students earn 9 credits (equivalent to 3 trimesters or 2 semesters) of Spanish and courses are available at every level from beginner through advanced coursework on literature and culture.  The program typically ends the 2nd or 3rd week of August.

5 week option:  The 5-week option begins alongside the 10-week program.  Students engage in the same activities, live in homestays and take coursework at CEDEI (Centers for Interamerican Studies).  This program is only available to students who have completed Spanish 301 or 305 at Augustana (equivalent to 5 semesters of college Spanish).  For more information on class levels, see below.   This program ends at the mid-term break and students return to the United States in early July.

Courses Offered

The Ecuador program offers up to a full year of Spanish (nine credits) to students at every level of Spanish during its 10 week program and up to six credits of Advanced Spanish Electives (Literature & Culture) to participants in its 5 week intensive program.  Courses include:

Spanish 150: Beginning Spanish.  (9-credits, 10 week program only.) Equivalent to Augustana courses 101-102-103.  No prerequisite.  Students at Augustana who placed at the 200 level or higher should not take this course.

Spanish 250 Intermediate Spanish: (9-credits, 10 week program only.) Equivalent to Augustana's 201-202-203.  Prerequisite is Spanish 103, 2 semesters of college Spanish or placement at the 203 level at Augustana.

Spanish 350 Advanced Spanish: (9-credits, 10 week program only.)  Equivalent to Augustana's 301, 327 and three credits of elective credit in Spanish.  Prerequisite is Spanish 203, 4 semesters of college Spanish or placement at the 301/305 level at Augustana.

400 Level Courses:

Spanish 451:  Latin American Women Writers:  (3 credits, 10 week program only)  Equivalent to SPAN 344.  Prereq. = 301 and/or 305

Spanish 454: Latin American History  (3 credits, 10 or 5 week program)  Equivalent to SPAN 326.  Prereq. = 301 and/or 305

Spanish 457: Contemporary Latin American Society  (3 credits, 10 week program only)  Equivalent to SPAN 327. Prereq=301 and/or 305

Spanish 458:  Indigenous Literature & Culture  (3 credits, 10 or 5 week program)  Equivalent to SPAN 344.  Prereq. =301 and/or 305



While in Cuenca, students live with local families, offering them the opportunity to explore Ecuadorian culture from the inside, while enjoying the warmth of Ecuadorian hospitality.  The family stay environment also greatly expands each student's opportunities to practice and use Spanish in real-life situations. 


For 2015 the 10-week program has a fee of $8,150 and the 5-week program has a fee of $6,050.    The program fee includes roundtrip airfare from Miami, ground transportation, accomodations, meals included in homestay, all program excursions, full-time support staff on site, tuition and medical insurance.   Fee does not include transportation to/from Miami for each student, meals during group excursions, or discretionary spending.

Financial Aid: 

As this program occurs in the summer, the college is unable to offer financial assistance in the form of tuition reduction scholarships.  However, this program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.  This program is also eligible, as a language immersion program, for Freistat Grants of up to an additional $2,000.  Students should visit this website to find out more about the Freistat Grant for Language Immersion.


For both Augustana and non-Augustana students there is a multiple-stage application process.  Augustana Applications are due by the end of January of each year.  Students from other universities may apply through February 15th.  Augustana students are encouraged to attend informational sessions held each Fall and Winter to find out more.  Students from other universities are encouraged to contact the Director of International & Off-Campus programs at Augustana College to find out more about the program and the application process.  Applications for Augustana students are available beginning in November.


For more information, contact:   

Dr. Araceli Masterson, Spanish    Office:  309.794.8276

Office of International & Off-Campus Programs     Office:  309.794.8283

Centers for Interamerican Studies website at:


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