Go Global Office of Global Engagement

Ecuador - Spanish Summer Study Abroad

SPAN 201 (or SPAN 206) & 202 | 6 credits

Program overview

This course is led by Stephanie Spacciante, Faculty of Arts

  • Course dates: May 3, 2023 – June 29, 2023
  • Travel dates: 
  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Approximate fee: $4250.00 - $4750.00 (plus tuition and flights)
  • Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award. We encourage students with financial need or other barriers to going abroad to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award. See Program Fees and Costs for more details.

Upcoming information session 
None scheduled

Accepting Applications on a rolling basis into January
Apply ASAP if you are interested. Applications will now be considered on a rolling basis. 
About the course                                                                                                               

UBC - UDLA Summer Study Abroad Program 2023 is a total immersion intensive Spanish language and culture course in Ecuador where students will complete 6 credits of SPAN 201 (or SPAN 206) & SPAN 202 in 2 months from May-June 2023. The classes will be taught by a UBC faculty member, Prof. Stephanie Spacciante, on campus at the prestigious Universidad de Las Américas in Quito while living with warm and friendly Ecuadorian host families. Finally, there are approx. 8 cultural excursions are included to help immerse you in the sights, sounds, smells and history of beautiful Ecuador!

Students who have already taken SPAN 201, can be registered in SPAN 206 instead. 

Program eligibility  
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must: 

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (I.e. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) 
  • Have full-time status in the year leading up to the Global Seminar 
  • Arts students must have completed 1st year before the start of the program (i.e. progressing into 2nd, 3rd or 4th year standing) and students in other faculties must have completed 2nd year requirements (i.e. progressing into 3rd or 4th year standing)
  • Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying 
  • Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program 
  • Meet any program specific requirements listed below including pre-requisites before participating 

Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited. 

Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Program-specific requirements
  • This is an interdisciplinary program: All are welcome!

To participate, students should have:
  • Spanish 11 or Spanish 12;
  • Or Spanish 102 or equivalent before May 1, 2023;
  • Or special permission from Ecuador Program Director: stephanie.spacciante@ubc.ca
Experience and conditions in the Field
  • May 2023: SPAN 201 (or SPAN 206): 4 dys a week / 3 hrs a day
  • June 2023: SPAN 202: 4 dys a week / 3 hrs a day
  • + 1 full-day or half-day cultural excursion per week
  • + 1 overnight trip to Baños
  • Free Time: Weekends are free for independent travel • There will be a break between 201 and 202 with an optional trip

Ecuadorian Homestay — 2 months, Private Room + 3 meals / day

Program fees and costs
Approximate program fees: $3900.00 - $4100.00* 

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee ($415) when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.  

  • Accommodations (2 months);
  • 3 meals/day for two months at your homestay;
  • Laundry service once/week;
  • 5 organized group dinners;
  • Airport pick-up + Hotel 2 nights/3 days + On-site orientation upon arrival
  • All Program-related travel in-country; (airport pick-up, private buses) 
  • All Excursions and entrance fees (including guides, bus drivers, tips & hostal in Baños)
  • UDLA cultural classes;
  • UDLA Clubs w/local students;
  • Local Ecuadorian Assistant Program Coordinator
  • On-site guest lectures
Not Included:  
  • Flights
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Passport renewal (if it expires within 6 months of your travel – please double check this)
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Personal spending money/incidentals*  

*Some examples of incidentals are: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals not included in the program fee, immunizations, etc.

Travel to Ecuador is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. 

We encourage students with financial need or other barriers to going abroad to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award by November 4. Successful candidates will receive a $2000 award towards a Global Seminar program, and will be notified before the program application is due on December 13. See the Go Global Awards page for more information on the application process.

Indigenous Global Connections - Global Seminar funding for Indigenous Students

Thanks to generous funding from Universities Canada Global Skills Opportunity program, Indigenous students have the opportunity to participate in any Global Seminar Program (outside of the US, France and Australia) and Go Global’s Indigenous Global Connections cohort program with full program funding up to $10,000 to cover program fees, flights and tuition.

Global Skills Opportunity Logo As part of the 2023 Indigenous Global Connections program, you will be part of dialogues, discussions and presentations with other Indigenous students before and after your Global Seminar program. You will reflect on your experience to make connections on themes of indigeneity, colonialism, international solidarity, and global citizenship.

Funding: Full program funding up to $10,000 to cover full program fees, flights and tuition costs. There will be 8 - 12 funded spots available. IGC funding will top-up any other funding received (ARA, Pathfinder, GSO, etc.)


  • Apply and be accepted into a Summer 2023 Global Seminar program (outside of Canada, USA, France or Australia.)
  • Students who self-identify as being First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit)
  • Students must hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Undergraduate students currently in 2nd year or above
  • Students on both campuses are eligible

Application process:

  • Apply for a Global Seminar by December 13 following the instructions on the program page. In the application, identify yourself as being interested in the Indigenous Global Connections program.
  • We will contact interested students directly with next steps.

Contact us: Please use Go Global's Ask Us Webform and we will respond to your inquiry.

Information Session: Tuesday November 29 at 11:30am over Zoom. Please register at https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Ivc-msqz0tE9atmK-gnQrcfbsesWWfd9MC