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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: Yes Language(s): Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies, GU Faculty-Led, Language Program Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes
Housing Options: Homestay Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support)
Application Deadlines: December, February Fields of Study: History, Literature, Spanish
OGE Advisor: Danielle Edmonson
Program Description:

Georgetown in Quito

Race, Gender and Ethnicity

Georgetown in Quito

At a Glance

Location: Quito, Ecuador

Program Length: 6 weeks
Arrive on: May 22, 2019
Depart on: July 5, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Prerequisite: Completed at least one year of college-level Spanish
Number of credits: 7-9 credits

Program Description

Delve into the world of language, literature, and culture in Latin America on Georgetown’s summer program in Quito, Ecuador. Alongside distinguished professors from Georgetown University and Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), you’ll immerse yourself in the study of Spanish, while exploring critical theories of race, gender, and ethnicity in the context of Latin American history and modern society. The program features a combination of classroom study on the USFQ campus, and extensive field experiences - both in the capital city of Quito and the province of Chimborazo - to explore how indigenous, colonial, and contemporary perspectives on race, gender, and ethnicity have shaped culture and society in Ecuador and throughout Latin America. Georgetown in Quito offers two distinct academic tracks. *If you wish to apply to the “Nature and Culture in Latin America” program, please refer to the Nature and Culture brochure page.

Georgetown Faculty Directors: Alfonso Morales-Front (Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese)  


The Race, Gender and Ethnicity program is designed to accelerate students’ Spanish language acquisition through formal and informal practice, as well as to introduce them to essential theories of anthropology, cultural theory, and gender studies and their influence on the historical, social, and cultural development of Ecuador. There will be extensive opportunities for students to engage directly with indigenous communities and advocacy organizations in Quito as well as in Riobamba, in the province of Chimborazo.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive 7-9 GU undergraduate credits. Participants can enroll in up to six credits of intensive Spanish language and literature from among the following courses:
  • SPAN-032-63: Intensive Intermediate Spanish (6 credits)
  • SPAN-110-63: Intensive Advanced: Transatlantic (6 credits)
  • SPAN-161-63: Oral Review (3 credits)
  • SPAN-262-63: Latin American Literature and Culture II (3 credits)
  • SPAN-266-63: Latin American Literature: Contemporary Short Story (3 credits)
  • SPAN-267-63: Literature and Society in Latin America (3 credits)
Students in the Race, Gender, and Ethnicity track must also enroll in one of the following three-credit courses:
  • SPAN-294-62: Race, Gender and Ethnicity in Latin America, Intermediate
  • SPAN 394-62: Race, Gender and Ethnicity in Latin America, Advanced
SFS students are able to take the proficiency exam in Ecuador at the end of the program. All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students. Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.

Language Pledge

All students must take the Language Pledge, through which they commit to speaking only Spanish at all times for the duration of the program. The pledge is designed to help students get the most out of this opportunity to be completely immersed in the language, and to help them resist the temptation to fall back on English, relying instead on the skills they will be continually acquiring throughout the program.


In addition to two week-long field experiences in Quito and Riobamba, the program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner.  Past excursions have included:

  • The colonial city of Cuenca
  • Ruins of the Incan empire
  • The Amazonian rainforest
  • Otavalo
  • Ibara and Chota


Students will live with Ecuadorian host families in order to become more integrated into the Ecuadorian community. Living with a family and experiencing Ecuadorian daily life first-hand offers the student the opportunity to become more fluent in Spanish, share the culture, exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships. 


Students will receive two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) with their homestay family and lunch at USFQ.

Program Cost

The program fee for Summer 2019 is $9,495. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, and supplemental insurance.  The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.

For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet. 


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.  Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.


The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Alfonso Morales-Front
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Georgetowwn University, ICC 403
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-8598

Useful Links

Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Quito: Race, Gender, & Ethnicity program website

Student Voices

View Georgetown student Tehya Corona’s #SummerSnaps Snapchat video from the 2017 Race, Gender, & Ethnicity program!

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