Location: Quito, Ecuador

Disclaimer: EIU does not own, operate or sponsor this program.



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Spring Break or Winter Break - Flexible
Summer - Flexible

Do not use these dates to purchase airfare; use dates provided by host.

  Language: Spanish


Winter or Spring Break Cost Breakdown
Summer Cost Breakdown


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:

Winter Break - October 4, 2013

Spring Break - December 6, 2013

Summer - February 28, 2014

  Application Materials:

EIU Application Materials
Course Approval Form
Yanapuma Application- Students need to complete this application and submit it along with their EIU application.

Also, please complete a travel consult with Health Services before your program.

All Application Materials should be turned in to the Office of Study Abroad in 1207 Blair Hall by the appropriate deadline.

Program Highlights

Quito can be found in the Andes at 2,800 meters above sea level. It is renowned for its Historic Old Town, where colonial churches, chapels, monasteries, and convents can be found. Quito has been settled by nomads since the first millennium. In the 16th century the Inca Empire established Quito. During the colonial period when the Spaniards arrived at Quito, they found ashes and ruins because an Inca general had razed the city to prevent it from being used by Spain. In 1534, the city of San Francisco de Quito was founded.

The Yanupuma Spanish School has an intensive Spanish program that includes 20 hours per week of one-on-one Spanish instruction, combined with culturally relevant excursions and interaction with local native familes. The program is based in Quito, Ecuador at the Fundacion YANAPUMA. Due to the one-on-one nature of the instruction, start dates are flexible.

"I experienced some breathtaking sights (waterfalls, mountains, hot springs) and participated in exotic but culturally relevant activities (like eating a guinea pig!) "  --Jessica Hagen, Spring 2009 participant.

"I learned a lot and the one-on-one teaching was awesome!" -- Malgorzata Sas, Spring 2010 participant.

Standing on BOTH sides of the equator.

At the Equator: EIU Student Emily Dittoe standing in both the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere.

Academic Programs

Ecuador is a fantastic country in which to study abroad. It has every kind of possible adventure you can imagine: the Amazon basin, snow-capped volcanoes, amazing beaches, islands, wildlife, and incredibly rich cultures.

Yanapuma is a non-profit Spanish school set in a beautiful historic building in Quito -They provide professional Spanish courses at all levels and according to your individual needs in a comfortable environment - The friendly staff, qualified Spanish teachers, and welcoming home-stay families and hotels make every effort to make you feel at home in South America.

Yanapuma arranges regular optional activities--half-day, whole-day, and weekend excursions as well as salsa and cooking classes, movies, nights out and cultural outings. There is a different optional activity to try almost every day!

Health Preparation

See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for immunizations to take effect. The Center for Disease Control recommends certain vaccines for Ecuador.


Students will stay with host families, where breakfast and dinner will be provided.

Foreign Entry Requirements

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.