The Community Internships in Latin America program focuses on community participation and social change. Current issues of globalization, ecological issues, oil politics and Plan Colombia are addressed. Models of community participation, organization, development and social change are compared and contrasted.
HECUA distributes three distinctive scholarships to students applying or enrolled in HECUA programs. To learn more visit HECUA Scholarship Resource Page.
Apply and Pay Application Fee of $50 online, submit a copy to the Study Abroad Office along with Saint Mary’s required paperwork. Application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 136.
Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student's application and subsequent approval from HECUA.
1. Pay $400 non-refundable program deposit payable to SMU.
2. Attend all orientation sessions.
3. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
4. Obtain a student visa.
5. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
6. Purchase the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for $25 in the Study Abroad Office.
Ecuador has an array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well-preserved colonial architecture, volcanic landscapes and a dense rainforest. It is a nation no bigger than the US state of Nevada. Quito is the capital with a population of approximately 1,400,000.
Quito is located about 22 miles south of the equator. Due to its altitude and location, the climate is mild to cool, fairly constant all year round, with a high temperature typically around 70 °F (21°C). There are only two seasons, summer (the dry season) and winter (the rainy season).
Central Standard Time is in effect in Quito.
The currency is the U.S. Dollar ($).