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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:

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Location Quito, Ecuador
Academic Term Summer Quarter (A Term) 2018
June 10-July 14, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5100
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Augie Machine
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline

Extended Application Deadline 
January 31, 2018
February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General The University of Washington, Tacoma's Spanish immersion program in Quito, Ecuador, offers Spanish language and culture classes at all levels from beginner to advanced. The goal of the program is to expose students to the richness of Latin American culture and to afford students the opportunity to develop their skills in the Spanish language
Visas None for U.S. citizens. If you are an international student, contact ASAP. 

Program Description

The University of Washington, Tacoma's Spanish immersion program in Quito, Ecuador, offers Spanish language and culture classes at all levels from beginner to advanced. Students will also be taking a 2 credit Independent Study course which will focus on learning about Ecuadorian culture through personal experience, selected readings, and assignments. Classes are held at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS). ACLAS is located in a quiet residential area in the heart of Quito, in a converted house with a beautiful patio. There is a computer lab, reading area, and a small kitchen area on the premises. Frequent field trips to museums, historical sites, and monuments take students out of the classroom and allow them to learn about Ecuador by observing and interacting with the Ecuadorian people.

This is an intensive program, and students are expected to participate in all group activities, to attend all group events, and accompany the group on field tours. Students will be in class from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. every day. Evenings and mornings are "free time", but students should keep in mind that they will have homework assignments to complete. It is important that students understand the nature of the study tour; this is not a "vacation" or a sightseeing trip to Ecuador. It is a university course and the purpose of the tour is academic advancement.



Quito, Ecuador


Quito is a charming city and official UNESCO heritage site with stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes, majestic mountains, and lakes. As the capital city, it combines its old-world charm with all the cultural richness and convenience of a modern urban environment.


While in Quito, students will be housed with carefully chosen Ecuadorian families. From Monday to Sunday, the host family provides students with three meals a day. Students planning to eat out during the week or to be away from their host families on weekends are responsible for paying the additional expense of those meals. Daily transportation to and from school will be provided by the host family during the first week of the program or until the student feels comfortable and has learned the route to school. After that, the students can either walk if the family lives within walking distance from the school, or will be taught to use public transportation. Home stays provide students with a safe, clean, comfortable environment, as well as with social contact and a rich cultural experience. Costs are based on single occupancy. Each host family has only one foreign student at a time, which guarantees the best immersion experience for students.

Field Trips

One planned weekend excursion is included in the program. All costs associated with this excursion (transportation, accommodation and meals) are included in the program fee. Students will visit lake Cuicocha and explore the town of Otavalo with its world famous market of indigenous goods. There, students get to experience the common practice of regateo or bargaining for, among other things, hand-woven ponchos, jackets and hats.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



12 UW Credits


TSPAN 199, 299 or 393: Foreign Study in Spanish - 10 credits

Students will take Spanish classes in conversation, grammar, and reading everyday at a level that is appropriate for them. The classes are limited to no more than six students per class. As part of the immersion experience, students will explore the city with their instructor and practice their speaking skills in "real life" study tour situations such as the market, a restaurant, the post office, or a travel agency. Some cultural lectures will be in the classroom environment and others will be off-site, as students tour the city and surrounding areas. Students are in class approximately 25 hours per week. Ten credits are awarded for Foreign Study in Spanish, TSPAN 199, 299 or 393, depending on the student's previous study of Spanish and level of proficiency. TSPAN 393 can be used for the Hispanic Studies major and minor at UW Tacoma, and TSPAN 299 prepares students to take more 300-level Spanish classes when they return to campus. TSPAN 199 is an excellent starting point for beginners or near-beginners, and these credits can be used to satisfy the UW Tacoma language requirement for graduation. Students who have not taken Spanish before at the university level must take a placement exam to determine the level of class work they will do in Ecuador. All grammar, conversation and culture classes are taught by experienced native speakers.

Although the program begins on June 10th, classes will not start until June 11th, 2018. 

Learning goals include:
1. Students will express their ideas orally and in writing with clarity and fluency. 2. Students will use appropriately a wide range of colloquial and formal vocabulary to express their ideas. 3. Students will recognize cultural aspects of Latin American society and Ecuador. 4. Students will adequately develop in social situations within the Latin American Culture.

TIAS 498: Independent Study - 2 credits 

This two credit, culture-based, independent study specifically pertains to Quito and the surrounding area. The course will require three reflection papers: a travel journal reflection, an art reflection on the work of Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, and a personal interview and cultural reflection.

Learning goals include:
The independent study allows for meaningful engagement with the host country, takes advantage of the unique study abroad experience, and is an additional source of Spanish.




Augie Machine

Augie Machine, lecturer for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, will lead the study abroad participants in Ecuador. His approach to teaching Spanish stems from his personal experience with the language. In 1987 when he took his first Spanish class, he could not even conceive of the world it was going to open up for him. Among others too numerous to list, it has given him experiences like hunting iguanas in Panamá and traveling the rivers of Colombia, visiting world wonders like Machu Picchu and Teotihuacán, getting the humor of Cervantes and the emotion of Neruda and wondering at the customs and histories of the thousands of people from all walks of life he’s encountered along the way. Thus, for him, Spanish isn't about the stand-alone, abstract grammatical structures, nouns and verbs the students are working to acquire, but about helping them to develop the confidence and fluency to use this real life, valuable skill to communicate and interact with and experience the culture and people of the Spanish speaking world. Augie’s role as the instructor is to facilitate interaction between the students, their Ecuadorian instructors, and the Ecuadorian host families. He will be on school grounds every day and will be available to meet with students. He will also coordinate the instruction in Ecuador, oversee the grading process, and administer the directed readings portion of the program.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5100

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing and food 
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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.
  • For UW Tacoma students, 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 UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling 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 the Office of Financial Aid
  • 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 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.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  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.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the 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. Here 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.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • 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 attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

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 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


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.