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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Spanish Foreign Language Required: 202
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish UW Credits: 16
Estimated Program Fee: 7700 UW Program Director: Phillip Markley
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:
Program Information:

Location Quito, Ecuador
Academic Term Winter Quarter
01/02/2020 - 03/20/2020
Estimated Program Fee $8,150
Credits 16
Prerequisites Must have completed Spanish 202.
Program Directors Phillip Markley |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline May 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline October 7, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information

Program Description

The Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department will continue its program in Quito, a picturesque and unique city where European and Indigenous cultures are in constant contact. UW students will live with local families and have the opportunity to study Spanish language and Ecuadorian culture. 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) and a vibrant social life and an extensive transportation network.

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 the UW Program Director and local faculty from ACLAS.





Quito, Ecuador


Families are chosen by the Home -stay Coordinator of ACLAS (Andean Center for Latin American Studies.) The families are middle-upper class families who live in north central Quito.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Must have completed Spanish 202. No physical requirements.


16 UW Quarter Credits


SPAN 203, SPAN 301, SPAN 302: Spanish 203/Spanish 301/Spanish 302 (5 for each course credits) VLPA

Same courses and curricula as taught on the UW Seattle campus.

Learning goals include:
Students completing SPANISH 203 will be able to: Talk about political beliefs and ideologies. Discuss the value of ideas. Talk about the workplace, the economy, and the job market. Talk about science and technology: new inventions, discoveries, and advancements. Talk about sports and leisure. Talk about current social issues and problems. Moderate a formal discussion around these or other similar topics. Express purpose, condition, or intent using the subjunctive. Make comparisons and express superlatives. Refer to recently completed actions, or past actions that still bear relevance in the present, using the indicative and subjunctive present perfect. Refer to actions that had been done or had been occurred before another action in the past using the indicative and subjunctive past perfect. Express what will have happened at a certain point using the future perfect. Express supposition or probability regarding a past action using the future perfect. Express what would have occurred but did not using the conditional perfect. Express probability or conjecture about the past using the conditional perfect. Make a hypothetical statement about a possible or likely to occur event, an improbable or contrary-to-fact event, a contrary-to-fact situation in the past, or a habitual, not contrary-to-fact, past action. Make a passive statement using the passive voice or the passive se. Write a report. Write a news article. Write a brochure for an advertising campaign. Write a fiction short story. Write a press statement. Students completing SPANISH 203 will have: Gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and become more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken. Increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities, through readings, videos, and classroom discussions. Watched and analyzed authentic TV clips from different countries and regions in Latin America and Spain. Watched, analyzed, and discussed short movies from different Spanish-speaking countries, displaying different dialects and varieties of the Spanish language. Developed the cultural knowledge to understand the context and background of these short films. Explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic speaking world, with a special emphasis on Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, and Spain. Read, analyzed, and discussed short stories and poems from some of the most well-known Spanish writers, such as Juan Madrid, Pedro Orgambide, or Gabriel García Márquez. Spanish 301 emphasizes oral skills while continuing to refine reading comprehension and written expression. It aims to develop the abilities to successfully deal with comprehension and production of oral texts of an academic and professional nature. Students completing SPANISH 301 will deeper their abilities in listening and speaking following the goals set out in 203. Spanish 302 develops writing techniques and strategies for the production of Spanish texts of an academic and professional nature. Students completing SPANISH 302 will deeper their abilities in reading and writing following the goals set out in 203 and 301.

SPAN 322: Spanish 322 (5 credits) VLPA, I&S

Same course and curriculum as taught on the UW campus.

Learning goals include:
Introduces students to elite, mass, and folk cultures of Latin America, Spain, and Latinos in the United States. Sample topics include transculturation, globalization, border culture, and relations between culture, democratization, and human rights.

SPAN 392: Spanish 392 (1 credits)

Follows same guidelines as service learning courses at the UW.

Learning goals include:
Experiential learning project in the local Spanish-speaking community. Engages students in ways that supplement/enhance formal in-class language training

SPAN 308: Spanish 308 (5 credits) VLPA

Same course and curriculum as taught on the UW campus.

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



Phillip Markley
Lecturer (Part-time), Spanish







Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,150

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,700)
  • Some food (most meals provided by homestay)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 24, 2020

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad website.

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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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