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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
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Program Information:
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 Location Quito, Ecuador
Winter Quarter
January 3 – March 17, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $6,900
 Credits 16 UW credits
 Prerequisites Minimum: Spanish 202
 Program      Directors Maria (Marilís) Mediavilla
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline October 10th, 2017 - Extended!
 Information  Session(s) Friday, September 29th 2:30-3:20 in LOW 111
  General Immersion Spanish Program in Quito, Ecuador for students at the 203, 301 or 302 level
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Program Description

The Spanish and Portuguese Department will continue its long-running program in Quito, a picturesque and unique city where European and indigenous Andean cultures are in constant contact.

Staying with Ecuadorian families and studying Spanish language and Ecuadorian culture at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS), UW students will have unlimited opportunities to practice their oral, aural and written skills in Spanish.

Quito is the country’s capital and second largest city. It boasts a recently restored colonial quarter (declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997), a wealth of historic architecture and museums, a vibrant social life, an extensive transportation network, a perpetually spring-like climate, and one of the most beautiful settings of any capital in the world.

To learn about the experiences of past students on the program, please reference the Spanish and Portuguese Department website: 


Quito, Ecuador


Housing and board (three meals a day and laundry) for students will be arranged with families in Quito. Houses are typically located in areas for easy access to school and city amenities. Students will stay with families with whom they will be matched according to a survey they have filled out and sent to ACLAS a month before arrival. The UW has a partnership with ACLAS, with which it contracts to provide necessary instructors, housing accommodations, excursions, and the on-site Quito coordinator.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their Spanish and who are interested in the literature, history, and culture of Ecuador. It is open to any student who meets the prerequisites (undergraduate, graduate, non-matriculated or other).

Prerequisites: Completion of SPAN 202, 210, 203, 301 or placement into SPAN 203 or 301 prior to Winter Quarter 2018 and a recommendation from your University Spanish teacher.


Participants in this Spanish language, literature, and culture program will pursue one of the following four courses of study. (All classes in each option are required).

Option 1: SPAN 203- Intermediate Spanish (5 credits), SPAN 301- Advanced Spanish (5 credits), SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits), SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Option 2: SPAN 301- Advanced Spanish (5 credits), SPAN 308- Latin American Literature (5 credits), SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits), SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Option 3: SPAN 302- Advanced Spanish (5 credits), SPAN 308- Latin American Literature (5 credits), SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits), SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

Option 4: SPAN 301- Advanced Spanish (5 credits), SPAN 302- Advanced Spanish (5 credits), SPAN 322- Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies (5 credits), SPAN 392- Service Learning (1 credit)

All classes will take place at ACLAS (Andean Center for Latin American Studies), in the heart of the commercial and banking area in Northern Quito. Courses will be taught by UW Program Director, Iliana Villanueva, and local faculty from ACLAS.


16 Credits


SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish (5 credits)


SPAN 301: Advanced Spanish Language (5 credits)


SPAN 302: Advanced Spanish Language (5 credits)


SPAN 308 (5 credits): Latin American Literature

Objectives: Study of selected works of twentieth-century Latin American literature and their sociohistorical context. Development of reading and writing skills.

SPAN 322 (5 credits): Intro to Hispanic Cultural Studies

Objectives: Introduces students to elite, mass, and folk cultures of Latin America. Development of reading, writing skills.

SPAN 392 (1credit): Service Learning

Objectives: Provides students with the opportunity to experience firsthand the language, literature and cultures of Ecuador. Students will choose among various options for their service learning experience, e.g., volunteer in a local school, in a clinic or hospital, in a senior or cultural center in Quito. Details will be provided and choices determined upon their arrival at ACLAS. Students will keep a journal during their service learning experience, and must turn it in at the end of the program to get credit. The class is graded on a CR/NC basis.

Program Directors & Staff

Maria (Marilís) Mediavilla, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Program Director

Marilís Mediavilla is a Spanish Lecturer at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, where she has been teaching since 2006.

Born and raised in Spain, where she received her BA-equivalent in English Philology from Universidad de Valladolid, and a HR certificate by EOI (Madrid). Mediavilla moved to Boston in 2004 where she received a certificate in management by the Harvard Extensions School. She taught at the University of Massachusetts for two years before moving to Seattle.

Her experience ranges from teaching intermediate and advanced Spanish language to native English students and Spanish heritage learners. In both scenarios, L2 and Spanish heritage learners, Mediavilla has developed a unique learning practice built on scholars’ research and her personal experience, by tailoring the contents of her classes to the needs of the students.

Dr. Fernando Mino-Garcés, Local Coordinator

Ph.D. Georgetown University- Washington DC, Academic Director – ACLAS Fernando Miño-Garcés, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of ACLAS. Doctorate in Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; M.S. in Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; B.A. in Language and Linguistics, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito. He has 40 years experience as a language and linguistics professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Quito, among other institutions. Also, he has served as Dean of the School of Languages and Linguistics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito and as the executive director for several university exchange programs, and has acted as an educational consultant, among other relevant academic positions. Additionally, Dr. Miño-Garcés has authored many books on language acquisition, bilingualism, and methodology.

Program Expenses

Cost: $6,900

Estimated Program Fee of $6,900, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500 - $1,700* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 January 19, 2018
Program Fee Balance $6,900 January 19, 2018


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.