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Maymester in Ecuador

Ecuador Maymester offers an incredibly fun and educational adventure within a safe environment. Students will live with host families in order to maximize opportunities to practice the language and to learn about the culture. The program is based in Cuenca, Ecuador, a World Heritage Site.  Cuenca, founded in 1557, is a city 8,200 feet above sea level and with approximately 500,000 inhabitants. On this program you will:

  • Complete 3 credits CCU course work and 3 transfer credits from host school
  • Satisfy core goal 5b with SPAN 350
  • Live in an old colonial town, funded by the Spaniards in 1557
  • Hike in the Andes Mountains
  • Go horseback riding
  • Visit Inca ruins
  • Create long-lasting friendships

Coastal Carolina University students will have ample opportunity for exploration during their stay. This total immersion program gives students the opportunity to focus intensely on language acquisition. In addition to the courses taught by CCU faculty, all Coastal Carolina University students will take additional Spanish taught by Universidad de Cuenca language instructors. The program also includes weekend excursions to culturally significant locations.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Date

Time

Activity / Event

Saturday
May 11

 

Airport pick up in Quito and transfer to Hotel

Check in and dinner

Sunday
May 12

 

 

 

18H00

Breakfast at the Hotel, City tour and visit to “The Equator”, lunch is included.

Ride to the airport and flight to Cuenca.

Airport pick up in Cuenca, ride to the University of Cuenca, and meeting with the students’ host families.

Monday
May 13

09H00

Welcoming program at the University of Cuenca organized by members of the Spanish Program.

Breakfast, orientation, and tour of the University.

15H00
18H00

 

Spanish classes University of Cuenca

 

Dancing class

 

Tuesday
May 14

09H00
12H00

 

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

15H00
18H00

 

Spanish classes plus City tour guided by the Spanish teacher U. Cuenca

 

Wednesday
May 15

09H00
12H00

 

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

 

 

15H00
18H00

Spanish classes U. Cuenca (3 hours)

 

Dancing class

Thursday
May 16
2013

09H00
12H00

 

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

15H00
18H00

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

Friday
May 17

09H00
12H00

 

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

15H00
18H00

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

Saturday
May 18

 09H00

Guided visit to the archaeological site of Ingapirca, entries and lunch are included (one-hour bus ride).

Meeting place: University of  Cuenca

Sunday
May 19

 TBA

Visit to Baños Hot Spring Spa/or Day with families

Monday
May 20

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

 

Dancing class

 

15H00
18H00

 

Spanish classes (guided visit to the Central Bank Museum) U. Cuenca

Tuesday
May 21

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

 

Visit to the Panama Hat factory

15H00
18H00

 

 

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

Wednesday
May 22

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

 

Dancing class

 

Free afternoon

 

Thursday
May 23

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

15H00
18H00

 

 

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

Friday
May 24

 

09H00
12H00

 

Spanish classes by professors from CCU

 

Cooking class and food tasting.

15H00
18H00

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

Saturday
May 25

 

Weekend excursion to the National Park “Cajas.”  Over-night stay at Hotel Dos Chorreras. Activities include: Horseback riding, hiking to the lakes, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, and more. 

http://www.hosteriadoschorreras.com/index.php/en/services/convention-center

 

Sunday
May 26

 

Return from “Cajas”

 

Monday
May 27

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professor from CCU

 

Dancing class

15H00
18H00

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

 

Tuesday
May 28

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professor from CCU

15H00
18H00

Spanish classes U. Cuenca

 

Wed
May 29

09H00
12H00

Spanish classes by professor from CCU

Thursday
May 30

 

FINAL EXAMS

 

Farewell Dinner

Friday
May 30

 

Free day

Saturday
June 1

 

Leave Cuenca to Quito.

Return to USA

 

 

 

Meet The Program Leaders

Maria Luisa Torres
E-Mail: mtorres@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-234-3494

Maria Luisa Torres
Maria Luisa Torres, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She is a native Ecuadorian and, having taught at the Universidad de Cuenca, is very knowledgeable about the area. She has also co-led CCU trips to Costa Rica and to Spain.

 

 

 

 

Elsa Crites
ecrites@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2168

Elsa Crites

 

Elsa Crites, Ph.D., is a professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She has also co-led multiple Coastal Carolina University trips to Spain and to Costa Rica.

 

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.  The general application deadline is Nov. 30, 2012, but some programs may be full by this deadline and so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


How do I apply for the program?

Applications for all short-term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: https://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad/application/.  Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, academic reference, personal reference and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts.  Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs.  The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.


When does this program take place?

This Maymester program takes place May 11 - June 1, 2013.


What is the cost of this study abroad program?

      The cost of this program is $3,275 and includes:

  • Language instruction at the Universidad de Cuenca
  • Lodging and meals
  • International air and local transportation
  • Field trips
  • Trip insurance

Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $290 per credit hour. Maymester tuition bills are due May 9, 2013.


When are payments due for the program?

Deposit

$500 due with application

Second Payment

Dec. 14, 2012 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Third Payment

Jan. 18, 2013 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Fourth Payment

Feb. 15, 2013 - pay remaining balance

Final payment – tuition only

May 9, 2013

All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study abroad program.  The payment due dates are fixed.  If payments are not received on or before the due dates, students will be dropped from the program.


What is the refund policy?

If after submitting your application and paying the $500 deposit, you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded within two weeks.  If Coastal Carolina University finds it necessary to cancel the program, all payments made will be refunded.  In the event the participant finds it necessary to cancel, we will make every effort to refund monies paid, less the $500 deposit and any funds already committed to vendors for the program.


How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

Three credits will be awarded for either SPAN 120: Introductory Spanish II or SPAN 330: Approaches to Literature and Culture. Upon your return with your certificate from Universidad de Cuenca, you will receive three transfer credit hours for SPAN 350: Spanish Language Study Abroad.


Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

Spanish 350 has been approved to fulfill Goal 5b requirements.


Are there any prerequisites for this study?

SPAN 110 is a prerequisite for SPAN 120; SPAN 210 is a prerequisite for SPAN 330.


Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

The Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award is available to assist graduates of accredited high schools in Horry County to participate in these programs.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO A SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the summer short term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall. Scholarship applications are due in the Office of International Programs by Nov. 2, 2012.  The applications for the scholarships can be accessed here: Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, 2012-13  


Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for information regarding your particular destination.


What are the physical demands for this program?

Participants should be in good physical condition as extensive walking is involved.

 

For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services

Geoffrey Parsons, M.Ed.
Director, International Programs & Services
843-349-2054 / parsons@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119

Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119