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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 10/01/2019 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: Partner Program Additional Fee (SPU Partner Programs): 5 - $4,000 Fee
Areas of Study: Biology, Global Development, Latin American Studies, Ministry & Missions, Nursing, Spanish Program Type: Internship Abroad, Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Internship: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Type: Apartment, Homestay
Program Description:

Semester in Ecuador

Living & Learning International

Quito, Ecuador



The Ecuador Semester exists to provide an academically excellent semester where students will engage the challenges of a developing nation and learn to respond with an appropriate Christian Worldview.
This semester is designed to combine classroom learning and practical internships in a unique and challenging cross-cultural setting. Along with receiving up to 16 units of college credit (must be approved by your academic institution), students will live, learn and grow academically,experientially, and spiritually.

Why Quito?
Ecuador is one of Latin America's most diverse countries. While in Ecuador you can experience the high mountains, low desert, tropical rain forest, coastal beauty, the Galapagos Islands and the deep Amazon Jungle.

This Semester abroad opportunity is based in Quito, the nation's capital. Quito has amazing weather and is famous for its eternal springtime conditions. The city offers rich history, architecture, friendly people and safe living conditions in which to grow and learn. Living and Learning in Quito is part of a 15-year-old organization called Youth World. We offer the amazing mixture of Adventure, Academic Excellence, Culture, Practical Experience, Language, Mission and Integrated Living as you participate in this Semester Abroad program.

While living in Quito, students will experience a variety of new cultures, gain a global perspective, and understand in a new way, the joys and challenges of serving God in a cross-cultural setting. Students will enjoy rich interaction with teachers, faculty, and ministry site hosts in both a classroom setting, and one-to-one level.
We believe this unique opportunity and community setting will lend itself to lifelong impact. The men and women who participate in this program will be asked to consider how they can use their gifts and talents to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.

For more information, be sure to review the Living & Learning Program Overview

Academic Info

REQUIRED COURSES ADDITIONAL COURSES Experiential Learning, Service Learning & Internships:
Cultural exposure and learning experiences in Quito and to surrounding cities/areas of Ecuador will offer an alternative to classroom instruction. Opportunities to see and be involved in ministry will challenge students to put into practice all they are seeing and learning. Each student will either participate in Service Learning in a volunteer setting OR perform an internship with partner ministries in and around Quito. Practicum credit can be earned towards your major.

Missions and Ministry:
It is our goal that you will experience ministry and missions as a part of this Semester experience. No matter what your discipline of study, skills, talents and passions God has a place for you in His global kingdom. It is our desire that you would get a firsthand opportunity to serve while you are in Ecuador. Some of this will happen as you attend your weekly service learning or internship site. It will also happen as you venture together as a group into weeklong missions experiences. Typical weeks include a 5 – 6 hour bus ride out of Quito to the Amazon Jungle. We partner with local and established ministries to serve as a group. Construction, VBS, sports ministry, drama or music are some of the ways we have served in the past. While experiencing the Amazon Jungle we also see how God is already at work and how we can join in.


You will be staying in a clean and safe apartment in Quito for most of your time. This apartment is well known to us and is supervised by Living & Learning staff. Home stays will be in homes of Ecuadorians that Living & Learning knows and trusts. Quito also has a good public transportation system. Taxis are also available and reasonable.

Quito Semester: The Program from Living and Learning Intl on Vimeo.

SPU Partner Program: Tier 5

Seattle Pacific University has partnered with affiliated organizations or host universities that have been vetted for their academic and student support. Partner Programs are eligible for federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships.

For SPU Partner Programs, you will be charged one quarter of SPU tuition for participation during fall quarter or winter/spring quarters combined. Depending on the tier level of the selected program, an additional fee for tiers 2-10 will be charged. For fee information, see Partner Program Cost.

What's Included:
  • Tuition 
  • All In-Country Food, Lodging, and Transportation
  • Medical Insurance 
  • Trip to the Galapagos Islands
  • Trip to the Amazon Jungle
  • Trip to Machu Picchu
  • Homestay and student apartments (time split between both)
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Service-Learning Internship Opportunities (For Credit Option)
What's Not Included: 
  • Airfare
  • Confirmation Deposit: A $300 fee will be due as part of your SPU application and considered your commitment to the program. As SPU has a capacity of 50 students every year for Partner Programs, this fee would be refunded if your application was submitted after we reached capacity.
Additional Costs to Consider:
  • Provider Application Fees & Deposits (when applicable)
  • Passport
  • Visa or residency permit (when applicable)
  • Domestic travel to apply for visa (when applicable)
  • Travel insurance (optional)
  • Generally, students spend more money while they are abroad than during a typical quarter at SPU. These costs vary per student, and are usually associated with extra in-country and personal travel, eating out, entertainment, and purchasing gifts and souvenirs. If you would like more information about general costs of the items mentioned above and/or general affordability of study abroad, please contact us at
For more information, contact SPU Study Abroad