Quito Culture Quick Facts
Language of Instruction
Fields of Study
Ecuadorian history, politics, economics, environmental studies, ecological policy, anthropology, sociology, arts.
School for International Training (SIT)
Fall semester: late August to early December.
Spring semester: early February to late May.
Tucked high in the Andes, Quito is blessed with a spring-like climate throughout the year and is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. In 1978, UNESCO designated Quito as a world cultural heritage site, ensuring the preservation of Quito’s colonial architecture. The old center is remarkably well preserved displaying some of the most impressive architecture in Latin America. With a spectacular geography that encompasses tropical Pacific beaches, Andean mountain villages, and Amazonian rainforests, Ecuador provides a dynamic setting for studying the challenges that face a small, developing nation.
The School for International Training (SIT) program in Ecuador focuses on the theme of Development, Culture, and Languages. Students will examine how language shapes politics, and how power works through language by exploring how different groups in Ecuador have used languages to instill, reinforce, subvert, and reinvent power relationships, both historically and today. The curriculum, conducted in Spanish, includes two core seminars; Paradigms of Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador and Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages in Ecuador; and a choice between Advanced Readings on Contemporary Ecuador or Beginning Quichua. The other required academic components of this program include a field study seminar and an independent study project.
The curriculum is supplemented by integral excursions to Quichua -speaking villages, a short visit to Guayaquil, and an excursion to an Amazonian Community. Short site visits to NGOs and government offices in and around Quito will focus on development and politics.
The program begins with a week of orientation conducted by the program co-directors in Quito. The academic program consists of: Paradigms of Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador (0.75 Pomona credit); Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages (0.75 Pomona credit); Advanced Readings on Contemporary Ecuador or Beginning Quichua (0.75 Pomona credit); Field Study Seminar (0.75 Pomona credits); and the Independent Study Project (ISP), (1.0 Pomona Credit).
There is no P/NC option on this program.
Homestays with Ecuadorian families for four weeks near Quito in Los Chillos Valley, and four weeks in urban Quito. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes or small hotels.
Number of Students
5 or more Pomona students. Total group approximately 20-25.
Four semesters of college-level Spanish, with one semester taken in year preceding study abroad, 7.5 GPA required. Pomona students are part of a competitive national pool.