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Course Offerings
Spanish Language Beginning
  • Spanish Language Intermediate
  • Spanish Language Advanced
  • Institutions in Ecuadorian Society (IPSL Service-Learning Course) 
  • Introduction to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) 
Elective Course Offerings
  • History of Ecuadorian Culture
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Cultural Factors in International Business
  • Ecuadorian Socioeconomics

Travel and Excursions that Broaden Your Perspective
Travel is an essential part of studying abroad. Taking knowledge from the classroom and applying it through direct observation allows for greater classroom comprehension and cultural understanding. Ecuador's natural beauty and environmental diversity will capture your imagination. From coastal beaches to tropical jungles to high mountain volcanoes  - GET OUT THERE AND EXPLORE! 


Excursions MAY include SOME of the following: 


Five Day Orientation Tour in Quito!


Mitad del Mundo (Equatorial Line)

Intiñan Museum

Otalvo Craft Market - World Famous Indigenous Arts Market

Peguche waterfalls

Cuicocha Crater Lake, Salasaca, Riobamba and Chimborazo National Park

Colonial City of Cuenca

A beautiful, historic Spanish colonial city high in the Ecuadorian Andes.


Other destinations may Include:
Cajas National Park
Inca Ruins of Ingapirica
Ecuadorian Coastal Region
Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve


IPSL students in Ecuador may also work with program staff on-site to arrange for independent travel to other areas of Ecuador including the amazing Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Jungle! . As with all travel, weather and other travel hindrances can affect the exact destinations of excursions. In such cases, IPSL program staff make every effort to find suitable replacement itineraries.


* Some courses may not be offered during a given term. Please inquire. 


Academic Immersion Focused on Real Cultural Understanding

The program is based at the IPSL host institution, Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo (UEES). Courses are taught in a "bi-mester" format where the semester is divided in half and courses end at the mid-point. Courses can end at the mid point or may continue and may run in both bi-mesters or only one. You will take three required courses and one or three electives for a maximum of 18 credits. An official transcript is issued from Universidad Espiritu Santo and  IPSL Institute for Global Learning upon successful completion of the program.  Unless otherwise noted, courses are at the 300.  Foreign language course levels will vary.


Spanish Language

Students are tested and placed in the appropriate level for Spanish language instruction: beginning, intermediate or advanced. Studies include the culture and literature of Ecuador and Latin America. You may move through one or two intensive modules (levels) during the program.

Contact Hours: 45 -90

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3 - 6

Institutions in Ecuadorian Society (IPSL Service-Learning Course) 

Examines the ways social institutions relate to and reflect the larger society. Specific issues explored include: culture and development; oil and rights; religion and politics; religion and revolution; development and self-respect; community participation in development; politics and insurrection; gender and fashion; literature and politics; and class structure. Taught in English, but using as much Spanish as the class understands.

This is an essential class to monitor the students’ learning process during the service part of the program. It allows students to reflect, research, and elaborate on the learning processes that they are engaged in through their experiential learning. Students will be able to compare and contrast theories with and the realities they are exposed to every day.

Institutions in Society brings the students' attention to the latest articles and findings in the area of community development in Ecuador and in the countries of the region. Their service component will be taken under consideration for evaluation and grading for this class. Students keep weekly journals that the mentor will comment on, and write a final paper, “Profile of the Agency,” which will include a section of recommendations to the agency and to future participants.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3


Introduction to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism)

This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the IPSL Institutions in Society Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning™ to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic reflections work and 2 credits for the  hands-on service-learning volunteering.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3



History of Ecuadorian Culture

This course will introduce the student to the different historical issues that have formed our present day Ecuadorian culture. Hispanic and Indian cultural backgrounds will be explored so as to be able to understand how and why Ecuador has evolved into the country it is today. Students will use religious, political and societal issues to come gain a more complete understanding of modern Ecuador. The main objective of this course is for the student to understand the dynamics of Ecuadorian social classes, the importance of religion and its influence on people and governments, and the developing understanding of democracy and capitalism in the Ecuadorian society.

Contact Hours: 45 

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) seeks to introduce the student to the integrated management of social responsibility in business, starting with an individual approach. Students will identify various companies involved in CSR, their relationship with the consumer and the environment as well as the impacts they have made on society. During this class students will learn through research and case studies about different types of business situations and make decisions accordingly. Research projects and class presentations are part of the experience.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3


This course enables students to identify, analyze and understand the specific traits, characteristics and processes involved within the scope of entrepreneurship.  The fundamentals of entrepreneurship are based in the development of innovative ideas that not only address market value based on products and services, but also address creative relationships. Students will engage with real case studies as well as develop projects starting from the conceptual idea through to securing customers.


Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Intercultural Communication

This course is intended to increase awareness of the participant’s own cultural dynamics and expose them to the necessary knowledge and skills to perceive and understand intercultural communication issues in a constantly changing, global environment. This is an interactive student - based course.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Organizational Behavior

This course emphasizes an experiential approach to the study of individual and group behavior within the context of the organization and as affected by a wide array of emerging organizational realities. It provides current and emerging theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding topics such as motivation, leadership, managerial decision-making, group processes, and conflict resolution. The major objective of this course is to understand organizational behavior concepts and models, moving from individual behavior to the group, and to the organization as a whole.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Cultural Factors in International Business

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of cultural aspects pertaining to global business thus increasing their awareness of the cultural factors that motivate decisions and behavior in the business world. Students will gain an understanding of how business cultures in the rest of the world diverge from their own and will develop the cultural understanding, attitudes, and communication skills needed to function appropriately within an increasingly global and multicultural work environment.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Ecuadorian Socioeconomics

This course teaches all the academic theory of the interrelation between economics and politics. The main academic theories of the economics science are explained from a political perspective and also the main political ideologies are explained and analyzed from an economic point of view. Both of these dimensions of thought must take into account the political and economic actors involved, how they relate and how they affect decisions and how decisions affect them. It is a course that opens many debate lanes and much of the academic theory is subject to discussion based on points of view, ideology and perspective depending on special interests of the debaters and actors.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Students who are fluent in Spanish may participate in any of the courses taught in Spanish provided they meet the pre-requisites. Some examples of available electives are: International Law, Elements of Economics, Nutrition and Health, International Marketing and Environmental Psychology. 

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3 per course