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Yale Summer Session in Quito: Intermediate Spanish I & II + Culture

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Program Information


New Haven, United States; Quito, Ecuador




Sunday, May 24, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L3 & L4 & Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

SPAN S130-S140 & SPAN S149


4 Yale credits


Terry Seymour    |   José Darío Martínez Milantchi 


Yale College Applicants: SPAN 120 (Elementary Spanish II), SPAN 125 (Intensive Elementary Spanish), or placement exam into L3.

Other Applicants: Completed two semesters of college-level Spanish and evaluated by the Spanish Language Program Director, Ame Cividanes. Please contact Prof. Cividanes (ame.cividanes@yale.edu) prior to the February 15 application deadline.


This intermediate-level Spanish program offers intensive language study and sustained interaction with Ecuadorian culture. Development of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through communicative activities rather than as a sequence of linguistic units. Analysis and discussion of the historical, social, and cultural development of Ecuador from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Information is presented through a variety of materials (literary texts, essays, movies, videos, music, visual arts). 

In the final three weeks of the program, students will work with Ecuadorian professors and students at the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) on practical projects. In 2019, projects were completed in the following areas: public health, environmental studies, law and justice. Project topics for 2020 will be finalized in the spring semester.

The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Students should expect about 2 - 2.5 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.

The sllyabi below are from a previous summer and contain dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

Ecuador has great geographic and cultural diversity in a relatively small area.  We will be able to explore the Andean and Amazon regions, and some of their cultures. Activities in Quito include a guided tour of the historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its colonial art and architecture, and a guided visit to the Capilla del Hombre to view the paintings of Oswaldo Guayasamín.

Trips outside of Quito will include:

  • Otavalo Indian market, overnight stay with Otavalan family
  • Three-day trip to the Amazon rainforest at Anaconda Lodge, guided walks in the jungle, introduction to Kichwa culture. 
  • Additional excursions with each of the final projects (public health, environmental studies, law and justice).


In Quito students will be housed with an Ecuadorian host family. While living conditions will vary amongst the housing assignments each participant will be provided their own room. Additionally, the distance between where host families reside and classes will be held will also vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


The program starts with three weeks in New Haven, on the Yale campus, before moving on to Quito, Ecuador for the final five weeks.

Note: Effective Summer 2020, students using an Internatioanl Summer Award (ISA) to participate in this program will be eligible for free on-campus housing and meal plan for the New Haven period.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Quito on Saturday, June 13 and depart no earlier than the final day of the program; additional information will be provided upon admission.

Quito has an elevation of 9,350 feet. Some conditions may be exacerbated by this high altitude. Students for whom this is a concern should speak with their doctor in advance about their physical ability to live and move about comfortably in Quito. In addition, some program activities may include prolonged periods of walking.


For course content questions contact instructors, Terry Seymour. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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