Exchange (Bilateral) Ecuador: Espiritu Santo University (UEES)
Guayaquil, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||UW-Whitewater applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2021-2022||04/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall||2021||04/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring||2022||11/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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|English and Foreign Language|
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|Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore||
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|Business, Finance, Marketing, Spanish|
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Espíritu Santo University
UW-W Exchange Program
|Eligibility||2.5 GPA, All majors|
|Terms||Semester, Summer, Academic Year|
|Academic Focus||Across the Curriculum|
|Language of Instruction||English and/or Spanish|
|Partner Website||Click Here|
Ecuador has it all: from snow-capped volcanoes to long sandy beaches; from bustling cities to rural communities; from indigenous tradition to modern convenience; from incredible natural riches to extreme poverty and inequality; from the Amazon Rainforest to the Galápagos Islands. You name it, Ecuador has it.
In other words, Ecuador is the ideal classroom: the perfect destination for students with a true interest in seeing and learning about the world.
The Universidad Espiritu Santo offers both short-term programs (Summer) and full semester programs (Spring and Fall) which combine the best practices of study abroad with the experience of studying at an Ecuadorian university, giving students the best of both worlds.
AcademicsA wide range of subjects at UEES are taught in English, enabling international students that do not have a high proficiency in Spanish to keep on track with their majors while also working on their language skills. While the largest selection of courses in English are in the areas of Business, Finance and Marketing, there is sufficient choice to enable students of most disciplines to take a full-time load for a semester or academic year.
Students in the Semester in Ecuador Program have the opportunity to learn, practice and perfect their Spanish language skills during their time at UEES. They offer six levels of Spanish language instruction, and two content focused levels of for those with advanced skills. Students are placed in the appropriate course according to their demonstrated level. Each semester is divided into two terms, allowing students to take up to two levels of Spanish in one semester. Students take 4-5 courses (12-15 credits) in total per semester - 2 or 3 courses each half-semester.
Students who demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in Spanish may enroll in the the Spanish language curriculum, including courses in Communication, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Business and Economics, Tourism, and Computer Science/IT, and Biological Sciences. An extensive list can be found here.
Students in the program are able to choose between a home-stay and university residences, though the university strongly suggests that international students choose a home-stay experience so that the student can be fully immersed in the culture .
All home-stays include a private room, three meals a day, as well as light laundry. All of the host families are vetted, regularly supervised, and live close to the university campus. A home-stay is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn or improve Spanish language skills as well as learn about Ecuadorian culture. Living with a host family also provides students with a “home away from home.”
University residence spaces are limited and reserved exclusively for female students. Some single rooms are available but most are double occupancy. The university residences are fully furnished houses with in-home cooking and laundry facilities. For more information on accommodation, click here.
Straddling the Equator on the northwest coast of South America, Ecuador is characterized by an incredible cultural and geographic diversity that takes in the Galápagos Islands, the coastal areas of the Pacific, the Andean Mountains, and the headwaters of the Amazon River.
Student Life and Surroundings
Ecuador has been named as one of the world's few “Mega-Diverse” countries by the United Nations' World Conservation Monitoring Center. This diversity goes well beyond the natural world, as Ecuador is home to at least 20 distinct ethnic groups, and an estimated 23 languages are spoken in the country.
From Guayaquil you can reach all parts of the country, including the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, and the Andes mountains in a fairly short time by bus or via the international airport.
UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account. Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).
Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)
|Billed by UW-Whitewater|
|Additional Estimated Expenses|
|UEES Orientation/Arrival Fee**||3,250|
|Passport and Photos||150|
|Ecuador Student Visa||130|
**Includes homestay, welcome event, orientation tour and hotel, cultural activities, field trips, and campus facility access. Other housing option are available (https://www.uees.edu.ec/ingles/residencia-universitaria.php).
***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $7,400.
Passport and Visa RequirementsStudents will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program. Students studying in Ecuador are required to obtain a student Visa.
|Term||Application Deadline||Term Dates|
|Academic Year||April 1||Late August to Late April|
|Fall Semester||April 1||Late August to Late December|
|Spring Semester||October 15||Early January to Late April|
Office of Global Experiences
Office: McCutchan 204
UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. Peter Hoff
Department of Languages and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3110