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  • Locations: Cumbaya, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing: Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Language Courses Offered: Spanish
Area of Study: Spanish Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Spanish Language in Quito

Spanish Language in Ecuador

Study Spanish abroad during Winter Break in beautiful Cumbaya, Ecuador, one of the most culturally fascinating cities in the world! Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on Incan city ruins. It is among the best-preserved historic centers in Latin America. The rich culture and history combined with rainforests, volcanoes, the Galapagos Archipelago, and the year-round spring-like climate makes Cumbaya the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish.

Program Details


  • Spanish (SPAN) 210: Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish (SPAN) 250: Gateway to Advanced Spanish
  • Spanish (SPAN) 324: Study Abroad in Spanish
  • Spanish (SPAN) 335: Topics for Proficiency: The Americas

Eligibility & Prerequisite

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Prerequisite: completion of SPAN 110, or equivalent, prior to departure is required.
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Host family in Cumbaya, Ecuador

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3840

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Accommodation with host family
  • Most meals - breakfasts and dinners
  • Excursions
  • One lecture per week on Ecuadorian culture
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Details*

Day Activity
Day 1  January 6: Arrival in Quito, Ecuador. Students will be picked up from the airport by their host family.
Day 2  January 7: 12:30 Welcome Lunch Orientation at 3pm USFQ Cumbaya Campus
Day 3  January 8: 8:30-1:00pm Classes, 2:00-6:00 City Tour
Day 4  January 9: Class, PM Free Time
Day 5  January 10: Class, 2:00-3:00 Lecture by USFQ Faculty (Ecuador History & Culture)
Day 6  January 11: Class, Visit to Capilla del Hombre Museum
Day 7  January 12: Class, PM Free Time
Day 8  January 13: Excursion: Otavalo
Day 9  January 14: Excursion: Mindo Cloud Forest
Day 10 January 15: Class: Lecture by USFQ Faculty (Darwinism)
Day 11 January 16: Class
Day 12 January 17: Class, 2:30-6PM Middle of the World tour (Mitad del Mundo)
Day 13 January 18: Class, PM Free Time
Day 14 January 19: Class, Final Exams, 7:00PM  Farewell Dinner MARCUS
Day 15 January 20: Depart Ecuador for US. One bus transfer available from USFQ Cumbaya Campus to Quito Airport.

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Carrie Bonilla, Ph.D.
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Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.