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Ecuador: Comparative Ecology & Conservation

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Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Location: Quito, Ecuador


Through this interdisciplinary program, students complete an independent study project and learn about the diverse ecological zones of Ecuador, major plant and animal adaptations in each zone, appropriate uses for natural resources, current environmental issues and management practices, as well as Ecuadorian life and culture. Classes are taught in Spanish.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Spanish majors and minors must discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.
  • Review important information and advice about conducting academic Research Abroad.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an SIT application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

2 years (completion of Spanish 121-3 or 125) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.


Urban and rural home stays, hostels and hotels.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $23,345

Billed by Northwestern: $20,950

  • Tuition: $15,930
  • Room & board: $2,520
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $2,395

  • Airfare: $1,080
  • Books & supplies: $70
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • Visa: $100
  • HTH: $145