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  • Locations: Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:



 Guayaquil, Ecuador

 Discover your World at Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo (UEES)
UEESThe Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo is located in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Located on the Guayas River, this urban area is Ecuador's largest city, with a population of approximately 2,500,000 inhabitants.

Noted for its hustle and bustle and friendliness of its people, Guayaquil is the hub of an active import-export industry and serves as the financial center of Ecuador. It has several malls with attractive boutiques, numerous theaters, and museums.

Within an hour's drive by car from Guayaquil, there are several important ecological areas - mangrove swamp land, desert, tropical dry forest, cloud forest and pristine beaches.

Ecuador is located on the Pacific Ocean while spanning the Equator in the Northwestern part of South America, and serves as an ideal site to learn about the realities of Latin America.

The country includes a wide variety of geographical features including the Andes mountains, the coastal plains, jungles, and the Galapagos Islands.
The Universidad Espíritu Santo is the youngest and fastest growing Ecuadorian university. The mission of the Universidad Espíritu Santo is to prepare Ecuadorian men and women for leadership in business and in the public life for their country. Academic standards are high and admission is selective.

UEES enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in all of its divisions.
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Language of Instruction:

Spanish, English

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Class Eligibility:

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Program open to:

All Students

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Program type:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year



Commute to Class: 

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 Program Dates

Spring 2021

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 Additional Information

Your Classes
International students are permitted to take a maximum of 5 courses (15 credits) per semester. International students take classes on a bimester system (one semester, divided into two quarters), meaning they can take two separate levels of Spanish (one in each bimester) and a wide range of courses other courses within one semester.

UEES offer 3 types of classes for international students:

Spanish language classes: UEES offers six levels of Spanish language instruction, and two content focused levels for those with advanced skills. Students are placed in the appropriate course according to their demonstrated proficiency level based on the placement test (see below).

Classes in English: a wide range of subjects at UEES are taught in English, enabling international students that do not have a high proficiency in Spanish to keep on track with their majors while also working on their language skills. While the largest selection of courses are in the areas of Business, Finance and Marketing, there is sufficient choice to enable students of most disciplines to take a full-time load for a semester or academic year.
- Sample Course Offerings and Descriptions: 
Spring I Courses in English.pdf / Spring II Courses in English.pdf
- Click here to view all Courses Offered in English for Exchange Students

Classes in Spanish: through one of the other faculties: Students who demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in Spanish may enroll in courses in one or more of the following colleges:
- Architecture and Civil Engineering
- Tourism, Hotel Management and Culinary Arts
- Communications and Marketing
- Computer Systems, Telecommunications and Electronics
- Law, Politics and Development
- Medical Sciences
- Liberal Arts and Education
- Languages (Italian, French, Japanese, Mandarin)
- Economics and Business Management

Please note, students will take a Spanish placement test before leaving the United States to determine their level of Spanish proficiency according to the standards set by UEES.  If a student does not place into the level of Spanish that was anticipated, a reassessment of the courses he/she intended to take in Ecuador may be in order.

Service Learning
UEES also offers opportunities to perform service at a variety of clinics, schools, agencies and non-profit organizations in and around Guayaquil (which can be credit-bearing if paired with the course described below). Given the importance of the work carried out by these agencies, a high level of commitment is required as well as either intermediate Spanish proficiency or relevant skills, or both.

Institutions in Ecuadorian Society is an optional course that is meant to complement the service done in the communities. A brief description of the course is below:

The course examines the ways social institutions relate to and reflect the larger society. Specific issues explored include: culture and development; oil and rights; religion and politics; religion and revolution; development and self-respect; community participation in development; politics and insurrection; gender and fashion; literature and politics; and class structure. Taught in English, but using as much Spanish as the class understands.

This is an essential class to monitor the students’ learning process during the service part of the program. It allows students to reflect, research, and elaborate on the learning processes that they are engaged in through their experiential learning. Students will be able to compare and contrast theories with and the realities they are exposed to every day.

Institutions in Society brings the students' attention to the latest articles and findings in the area of community development in Ecuador and in the countries of the region. The service component will be taken under consideration for evaluation and grading for this class.

Check out the UEES Service Learning website for more information and for videos made by students about their service learning projects.

Language of Instruction Courses are in Spanish or English depending on the selection.
Credits Students will earn 12 to 15 undergraduate level credits per semester.
Qualifications Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 2 years of college-level Spanish (Intermediate level) or equivalent (native speakers). Students with less Spanish or a slightly low GPA are encouraged to apply and submit a justification letter with their applications.
Your Home Away from Home
- Students will live in home stays arranged by the UEES.
- All of the families are vetted, regularly supervised, and live in the area close to the university campus - Samborondon neighborhood.
- Host families provide a private room, most meals, and light laundry.
- Some of the host families provides internet access. Internet connections are available at select locations on campus as well.
- More than that, they provide an opportunity to improve your Spanish skills, learn about Ecuadorian culture, and have a home away from home.
- The homestay family experience is probably the most enriching element of the program, ensuring that many students leave with lifelong friends in     this corner of the world.
- The home stay is included in the program fee.

A typical week in the life of students on this program consists of: internships in the morning, lunch with their families (lunch is the most important meal of the day in Ecuador and the whole family will gather for the meal), Spanish and other classes in the afternoons and evenings, Cultural Seminar on Thursday or Friday, and some optional weekend field trips and service projects like building homes in the community.
The following scholarships are available to students attending the UEES study abroad program:

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Award amount up to $5,000
Offers awards for study abroad to U.S. citizen students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a 2 year or 4 year college or university. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. In the past New Paltz student have been very successful with obtaining this scholarship! Application deadline is first Tuesday of March for summer, fall and academic year and the first Tuesday in October for Spring and Summer (early application).?

The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
Award amount up to $10,000
Offers scholarships for US citizens planning to study abroad for at least four weeks between September and August. Awards for this scholarship are given to up to ten students planning to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. FEA scholarship recipients can receive up to $10,000 provided by both corporate and private donors committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American Students. Application deadline is typically mid-January. 

Roger Bowen Scholarship 
Award amount $1,000
Application deadline occurs once a year in the spring semester.

Golin Karlin Scholarship
Award amount varies
Application deadline occurs once a year in mid-March.

Tamah Weignang Scholarship
Award amount varies
Application deadline occurs once a year in mid-March.

Click here for more information on applying to scholarships for study abroad. 
Visa & Immigration
To travel to Ecuador as a student, you need to obtain a student visa. Visa requirements frequently change and you are ultimately responsible for correctly completing immigration requirements.

More information about the student visa process will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
The program begins with a multi-day Orientation Tour to Guayaquil, taking in the amazing cultural and biological diversity of Ecuador while providing a comprehensive orientation in the process.  This is included in your Program Fee.
 Program Advisor

Catherine ColladoCatherine Collado
Preferred pronouns: She, Her, Hers

For any additional questions, please email Catherine Collado
To schedule an advising session with Catherine, please visit her Calendly

This program is currently not accepting applications.