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Ecuador: Comparative Ecology & Conservation

Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Program sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

The Basilica of the National Vow surrounded by the Quito Old Town in Ecuador.
The Basilica of the National Vow surrounded by the Quito Old Town in Ecuador.

The Global Learning Office is not currently accepting applications for SIT programs while Northwestern performs an assessment to ensure all affiliated SIT programs meet students’ academic and personal needs. After the review is complete, Northwestern will determine whether applications for SIT programs will be reopened.

Through this interdisciplinary, field-based program, explore tropical ecosystems, conduct biological fieldwork, and study conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries and complete an independent study project.

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Program Requirements

Eligibility

  • Open to students from all majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Previous college-level coursework and/or significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT.

Language

Completion of Spanish 121-3 or the equivalent of recent Spanish and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.

Application

  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 4 to 6 Northwestern units
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.

Housing

Urban and rural homestays, hostels and hotels. Meals included.


Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $26,213

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $24,103

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Airfare: $510
  • Local travel: $200
  • Books & supplies: $70
  • Personal expenses: $1,050
  • Visa: $280

Total: $2,110

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the SIT website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated SIT programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your published program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Deposit

After you are accepted to an SIT program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to SIT to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your SIT program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • SIT Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after SIT has confirmed the payment.
  • SIT Scholarships: If you were awarded an SIT scholarship, it will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

SIT Financial Forms

You are required to complete the SIT Letter of Financial Responsibility.

Because SIT will bill Northwestern directly for your program fee, you are not required to complete the Proof of Aid form or the Transferable Funds Information Sheet. You may want to discuss the SIT Power of Attorney form with SIT and/or your parent to determine whether that form might apply to you.

If you have questions about whether another SIT financial form is required, contact Krista Bethel.

Other SIT Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from SIT for your program's tuition or room/board.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to SIT.

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