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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Q4 Course
  • Restrictions: SUNY Oswego applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Q4 Course
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English Housing Options: Host Family
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Type: Faculty-led SUNY Code: 842
Program Coordinator: Mary Kerr - Faculty Leader: Lisa Glidden (
Program Description:
The Course   |   Tentative Itinerary   |   Housing and Meals   |   Program Costs   |   Course Enrollment & Requirements   |   Qualifications   |   Applications   

The Course
This course examines the notion of development, sustainable development, and the conservation challenges in Ecuador. During the Oswego portion of the course students will critically examine the notion of development and how it has been put into practice in Ecuador.  The second portion of the course takes place in Ecuador.  We will spend three nights in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, where we will examine issues of urban development, including the provision of clean drinking water and housing for the urban population.  From Quito we travel to the parish of Santa Rosa de Naranjal, a small community that seeks sustainable development solutions. We will work there with Fundación Semilla Ambiental. The organization focuses on both social and environmental sustainability. The foundation is a collaboration among specialists in diverse fields, including biology, economy, tourism, environmental education, solid waste management, and business administration. The foundation’s ecosystem approach seeks to develop alternatives to conserve the natural environment and its biodiversity, and to create local sources of work that will improve the lives of those living in the community.  

Tentative Itinerary

Sunday, May 13 Depart the US
Monday, May 14                                  Acclimatization day: City tour via bus, Mitad del Mundo, Centro Colonial
Tuesday, May 15 Urban hike through Quito's "greenbelt" to experience unplanned sprawl
Wednesday, May 16 Transfer to community, stop in Ibarra for group lunch.  Rural development issues, strategies
Thursday, May 17 Field work in community
Friday, May 18 Field work in community.  Tentative visit to Esmeraldas
Saturday, May 19 Return to Quito.  Otavalo (Indigenous market day) if possible to stop on return to Quito
Sunday, May 20 Very early departure from Quito.

Housing and Meals
Students will stay in host family homes during their stay.  Students will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.  

Program Costs
The cost information (with details of included and additional costs) can be found by clicking the link below.


Course Enrollment & Requirements
The study visit is a required component of the 3-credit "GLS 402 / SUS 300 / POL 300  - Sustainable Development in Ecuador" course.  The course meets weekly during Q4, and a course syllabus will be provided with course requirements.

Participants must be matriculated Oswego students.  Interested students will register for Q4 course "GLS 402 / SUS 300 / POL 300  - Sustainable Development in Ecuador" during course registration by the Office of International Education and Programs.

Submit completed applications with a $250 deposit (cash or money order) made out to ' Auxiliary Services,' by December 1st  to the Office of International Education and Programs.  Earlier applications strongly encouraged.

Updated: 8/11/17

This program is currently not accepting applications.