Jess Swanson, CC'17


SIT Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages

Language of Instruction: Quichua, Spanish
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Expand your knowledge of development, politics and languages while studying in Ecuador.

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


SIT Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages is a field study program which analyzes the connections and interplay between language and power in Ecuador. The program is primarily based in Quito, Ecuador's picturesque 9,000-foot-high capital with international, colonial, and indigenous influences.


You take a number of courses while abroad which revolve around the following topics: Development and Political Discourse in Ecuador, Languages in Contact: Spanish, Quichua, and Other Languages in Ecuador, Research Ethics and Methods, and the Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP offers you the unique opportunity to apply what you have learned during the semester to an independent field based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

SIT believes firmly in the learning value of experience. With that in mind, you participate in several educational excursions to locations such as the Andean cloud forest, the Ecuadorian rainforest, Guayaquil, and central coast villages.

The mobility of the programs means that you live in homestays as well as hostels, private homes and small hotels throughout the duration of the program.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
3 semesters of language, or equivalent
Multiple locations,
Latin America and the Caribbean
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021