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Summer Spanish in the Andes

Summer Spanish in the Andes, a program with altitude.

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

Interested non-Augustana students should contact the IOP Director 

The application period for the 2016 will begin in November 2015.

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.  This program 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.

Our 11-Week Program for Spanish at All Levels:  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.

Our 5-week Intensive Program for Advanced Spanish:   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.

Eligibility:  Students at any level of Spanish are eligible for the 11-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.Courses Offered

Faculty Contact: Dr. Aracelia Masterson (Spanish)

Academics: 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.  Recommended for students who have completed 1 semester of Spanish or less.  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.  Completion of SPAN 350 with a grade of C or better grants Augustana students a Learning Community (LC).

Upper Level Literature & Culture Courses: Completion of two courses from this list with a grade of C or better grants Augustana students a Learning Community (LC).

Spanish 451:  Latin American Women Writers (PL):  (3 credits, 10 week program only)  Equivalent to SPAN 344 for majors & minors. Prerequisite = 301 and/or 305

Spanish 454: Latin American History (PP): (3 credits, 10 or 5 week program)  Equivalent to SPAN 326 for majors & minors. Prerequisite = 301 and/or 305

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

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

Housing: 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.  Students are housed 1 per family.  Each family is carefully vetted and complete an orientation program to prepare them to host American students.  

Cost: Tentative costs for 2016: $8,525 for 11-weeks and $6,525 for the 5-week program. 

Cost 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.  

Cost does not include: Transportation to/from Miami for each student, meals when away from Cuenca, 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.  This program is eligible for Augie Choice, Freistat Grants and IOP Grants.  The $1,000 IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all Augustana 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. 

Freistat Grants: This program is also eligible, as a language immersion program, for Freistat Grants, which can range from $500-$3,000.  Students should visit this website to find out more about the Freistat Grant for Language Immersion.

Application: 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 March 1st.

Application process for Augustana students:  Augustana students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Application process for non-Augustana students: 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 are available beginning in November.  All non-Augustana students must apply to both the program and to Augustana College in order to enroll at Augustana College as a summer-only student. 

For more information, contact:   

Dr. Araceli Masterson, Spanish   Office:  309.794.8276

Dr. Allen Bertsche, Director of International & Off-Campus Programs    Office:  309.794.8283

Centers for Interamerican Studies website at:


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