Contact Dr. Liso.
The four-week Quito Summer Immersion program allows students to expand their Spanish language abilities and develop a cultural awareness of part of the Hispanic world, While living abroad, students will also acquire an understanding of the history and traditions of Ecuador.
Founded in pre-Columbian time, Quito is the capital of Ecuador. It is a lively, modern, and attractive city that was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site for its history, beauty, churches with brilliant ceilings,
carved wooden interiors covered in gold, built first by the Incas, and assimilated by Catholic Church.
Ecuador is a very bio-diverse country with some of the world's oldest rain forests, the highest active volcano in the world, and the amazing Galapagos Islands. From an ecological standpoint, Ecuador is one of the most species rich nations on earth.
Students must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed the beginning college level of Spanish (SPAN 101 at MSSU)
Spanish Study Abroad. Students who successfully complete the program will earn t three credit hours as enrolled students in Spanish. In addition, Spanish majors will have fulfilled the immersion requirement upon successful completion of this course.
Study Abroad Grant: All students who are planning to take SPAN 399 are eligible to apply. To qualify for a grant, however, the student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be a full-time Missouri
Southern student. The student must have completed or be enrolled in a combined total of 24 hours during the Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013 semesters. Those who got the grant in the past are disqualify to apply again. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible due to limited number of grants
Monday through Friday mornings, MSSU students will have intensive language practice and grammar review with faculty from Universidada de las Américas. Students will also explore Ecuadorian culture and enjoy conversational classes. On weekday afternoons, students will participate in organized activities.
May 18 (Saturday): Depart for Ecuador. Arrive at New Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito.
May 20 (Monday): First day of class.
May 20 (Monday) – June 14 (Friday): Regular classes and organized activities after classes.
-Otavalo (included): Downtown area and local market
-Baños (included): Downtown and outdoors attractions
-La Avenida de los Volcanes y Papallata: Natural venues
June 15 (Saturday): Depart from New Mariscal Sucre International
The program includes field trips to different locations in Ecuador, as well as short excursions to various local sites and museums.
The estimated comprehensive fees will be approximately $ 3,150. The program fees will cover round-trip fair to Quito, instruction at Universidada de las Américas, room and board, travel insurance, scheduled program excursions, and admission to selected museums. Not included in the program fees are MSSU tuition, visa costs if necessary, and all other incidental expenses.
The program is supervised by Dr. Susana Liso, Spanish Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at MSSU. She will be assisted by the faculty of Universidad de las Américas.
Students live and eat meals in well-selected Ecuadorian residences. Interaction with host families is an effective way to gain a better understanding of home life in Ecuador and to improve Spanish language skills.
For assistance or further information, contact:
Dr. Susana Liso
Department of Foreign Languages
Webster Hall 320-D
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Tel: (417) 625-4471
Fax: (417) 625-9585