Program schedule
Classes take place at Equinox Spanish School in the city of Quito, Ecuador
Mornings: 9am – 12pm
Four hours of Spanish language classes including grammar, conversation and culture with local instructors. Classes have a maximum of three students. Students develop reading and writing skills with an emphasis on oral production and listening comprehension. In addition, students obtain a general understanding of the history, geography, politics and economics of Ecuador.
Afternoons: 2pm – 4pm
Students participate in two different workshops: dance and cooking with local instructors. In addition they visit important heritage sites, interact with locals and get a firsthand view of Ecuadorian culture. Students visit indigenous open markets, the presidential palace, the archaeological museum, the main cathedral and the old city, among other places, and practice language in context.
Weekends: 9am – 6pm
Students go on day trips to get a general view of the history, geography and ecology of Ecuador. Students travel to sites interest such as Middle of the World, Otavalo, Cuicocha volcano, Baños, Puyo, near the amazon forest and Mindo, near the cloud forest.
Students live with a host family to maximize the interaction with locals and the use of the language. Students have their own private room and bathroom. Housing includes three meals a day, seven days a week. Houses are typically located within walking distance or a short bus ride to school and city amenities.
Classes Offered
Span 101
This is an introductory Spanish course. Students learn basic vocabulary in order to interact with basic spoken and written information to express feelings, emotions and opinions. Students understand and contribute to basic target language discussion of various topics and gain a basic understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and perspectives.
Span 102
In this course, students continue learning basic vocabulary and elementary grammar which will enable them to communicate in present and past tense. At the end of the course student should be able to communicate a variety of topics such as daily routine, free time activities, health and cultural activities. Students gain a basic understanding of Hispanic cultural practices and perspectives.
Span 201
While this course continues its focus on vocabulary building and grammar development, there is an emphasis on learning vocabulary and grammar and applying them to the reading of authentic texts and the writing of longer pieces of discourse. By the end of this course, students should be able to narrate a story in the past, express wishes and advice, give instructions, make requests, etc. as well as be able to describe and compare differences between U.S. and Hispanic cultures.
Span 202
Although this course continues to focus on vocabulary building and grammar developments, an important shift occurs that the emphasis moves from learning vocabulary and grammar to applying them to the reading of authentic text, writing of longer pieces of discourse and speaking about a variety OF TOPICS. By the end of this course, students should be able to have conversations about topics related to their life, write on the same topics above, be able to narrate a story in the present and past, understand conversations between native speakers on familiar topics, and at the same time describe and compare Hispanic communities, customs, traditions, cultural products and artistic expressions with those of the U.S.
Span 398/498
By the end of this course students will able to understand mayor historical and social developments of Ecuador pre-colonial to contemporary times as well as an overview of its societies and cultures. This course is meant to develop your cultural as well as your linguistic competency. The intellectual experience of learning in two languages will help you to develop mental flexibility and therefore, linguistic flexibility. You are required to use only Spanish during class, workshops and field trips.
IS 210 International Studies
This course fulfills the GE Cross-Cultural Awareness requirement.
Topics in cross-cultural awareness and intercultural communication studied in a specific study abroad environment address the impact of culture on behavior in intercultural contact in professional and personal contexts. May be repeated for uo to 6 credits in different study abroad programs.
Specific objectives: to be able to identify, define, compare and contrast major cultural differences and develop the ability to positively interact with people from a different culture by acquiring an attitude that would value diversity and equity.

The program cost includes:
    •    6 credits of Clemson University
    •    Tuition and fees (even non residents of S.C.)
    •    Spanish classes in Ecuador with native professors (4hrs/5 days a week)
    •    Class material
    •    Room and board, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week
    •    Cultural tours (visit to museums, cultural centers, folk ballet, among others)
    •    Weekend trips (hotel, meals, on-site activities, transportation and entry fees)
    •    Health insurance
    •    Onsite program director
    •    Airport transfers
    •    Orientation
    •     Welcome and farewell dinner
Total cost is $3,450 USD (approximate) and does not include airfare or personal expenses.
Financial Aid
For financial aid and possible scholarships meet Gail Woods, financial and counselor. Financial Aid office, GO1 Sikes Hall, (864) 656-5087 (phone), e-mail: noraw@clemson.edu
You need to:
    1    Download and complete application at http://www.clemson.edu/academics/programs/study-abroad/documets/Application-General.pdf
    2    Complete the application and take it to the Study Abroad Office (http://www.clemson.edu/ia/abroad) in E-302 Martin Hall along with a deposit check for $250 dollars to the order of “Clemson University” which toward the program fee.
    3    Two recommendation letters from professors, employers, or anyone that can comment on  your personality, academic and professional abilities characteristics. The forms for the recommendations are in the application (you can submit the application first and then letters).
    4    After you have submitted the application, the Study Abroad Office will contact the program  director and he/she will registered under your corresponding class.
Applications will be received until February, 28th.
Minor in Spanish
You can  begin your minor through the Ecuador program by taking Span 398/498 classes.
After you have completed your classes you will need to complete 12 more credits in Spanish in Span 300 or 400. One course should be a 400 literature class.
In order to get a minor in Spanish you need to:
    1    Go to your major department and declare a minor in Spanish.
    2    Take 15 credits in Spanish at the 300/400 level. One course should be a 400 level literature class.