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Spanish Abroad — Alexander von Humboldt's Footsteps in Ecuador

This program will not be offered Summer, 2013.

Program Description
The Alexander von Humboldt Footsteps in Ecuador Program is a 10-week full-immersion summer program offered exclusively by the Departments of World Languages & Cultures, Environmental Science & Management, and Geography to Humboldt State University students from all fields of study. Students from other universities and colleges, as well as community members, are also encouraged to apply.

This program follows the Humboldt State University summer Schedule and generally begins the last week in May and ends the first week of August. Interested students should apply in the spring semester preceding the program sion by completing the on-line application no later than the deadline provided by the Directors.

Ecuador [map] is located on the northwestern coast of South America. It is one of the smallest countries in the region, about the size of the state of Nevada. The continental territory of Ecuador borders Peru to the south and east (approx. 1,420 km), Colombia to the north (590 km) and the Pacific Ocean to the west (2,237 km of coastline) . Quito [more info], the capital, is located in the Andes Mountains at 9,500 feet above sea level and has a population of 1,620,000 inhabitants. It is the country's second largest city.

Course Number Course Title Units

SPAN 106 & 250
SPAN 106 & 280

Spanish Level II & Conversation
Spanish Level II & Conversation Seminar

 7 units
with 4 in Area C GE
GEOG/ENVS 301 International Environmental Issues and Globalization  3 units of Area D GE
EMP/ENVS 400 Inscape and Landscape 3 units of Area E GE
GEOG 469 Field Experience  2 units

Total units 15  

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the language and culture of a South American country.
  • Follow the ecological footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt in Ecuador.
  • Visit cultural and natural sites guided by Ecuadorian faculty.
  • Live with an Ecuadorian family.
  • SPAN 106 is an Area C General Education course.
  • GEOG/ENVS 301 is an upper divison Area D General Education course. It applies to the Environmental Science and Geography majors.
  • All language courses would count as HSU electives.
  • This experience may apply to the HSU International Studies Program Residency Abroad requirement. Check with your advisor.
  • Please contact your advisor for information about how the summer session courses apply to other disciplines.
  • Financial Aid may be used to cover all related expenses.
Program cost varies from year to year due to changes in the Ecuadorian economy as well as Humboldt State University tuition changes.
Contact the Humboldt Steps Program Director to obtain current program cost information.



Postal Address:    Humboldt Steps Program Director
    Dept. World Languages & Cultures
    Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

Email:    Humboldt Steps Program Director
Phone:    707/826-3226
Fax:    707/826-3227

This program requires a minimum number of students for final approval