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Fact Sheet:
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
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Spanish Language in Quito

Ecuador, Winter 2021

Ecuador Student Photos
Study Spanish abroad during Winter Break in beautiful Cumbayá, 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 Cumbayá the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish.

Program Highlights

  • 2-week intensive Spanish language program in beautiful Cumbaya, Ecuador.
  • Experience the rich culture and history outside of class time through visits to places such as the Mindo Cloud Forest and Otavalo.
  • Immerse yourself in day-to-day life with an Ecuadorian host family.


This program is open to all undergraduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. 

Prerequisite: Completion of SPAN 110 or equivalent, prior to departure.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Course Options

  • Spanish - SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I
  • Spanish - SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II
  • Spanish - SPAN 324: Study Abroad in Spanish
  • Spanish - SPAN 335: Topics for Proficiency: The Americas
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad

Program Dates*

Early to Mid January, 2021

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrival in Quito, Ecuador. Students will be picked up from the airport by their host family.
Day 2 Welcome lunch and orientation
Day 3 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya and City Tour.
Day 4 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya.
Day 5 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya. Lecture by USFQ Faculty on Ecuadorian History & Culture
Day 6 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya. Visit to Capilla del Hombre Museum.
Day 7 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya
Day 8 Day trip to Otavalo
Day 9 Day trip to Mindo Cloud Forest
Day 10 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya. Lecture by USFQ Faculty onDarwinism
Day 11 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya.
Day 12 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya. Tour of Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World).
Day 13 Class at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya.
Day 14 Class and final exams at Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Cumbaya. Farewell Dinner.
Day 15 Program end and departure for US.

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Winter 2020: $3,208

Winter 2021: TBD

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodation with host family, most meals (breakfasts and dinners), guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 20th. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 10th. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

May 1st


Application Deadline:

October 10th


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

Name Eleana Velasco

GEO Program Administrator

Name Jada Robinson
Phone 703-993-6808

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2021 10/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.