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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Home-stay GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, BC Resident Director
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: CSON
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Medical Humanities Elective, Nursing major elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: NURS 5345 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program

This is an intensive program that will teach students about various health systems throughout the world and have the opportunity to observe more closely the Ecuadorean health system available to both the public and private sector.  Through site visits to various health care facilities, students learn about the many challenges faced by indigenous, poor people and also see facilities in the private sector that resemble state of the art health care facilities in the developed world. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to study health care delivery systems through the world with specific emphasis on Ecuador.  Through cultural events and activities, the students learn not only the history of the country and the people, but also do a short term stay in an indigenous community and participate in the life of the people from cooking food with the host families to plowing the fields, hiking a medicinal plant trail.  Students will do home stays with experienced families and will participate in the life of the family.

Non-nursing students are strongly encouraged to apply, and participants do not need Spanish language experience. 

Program Dates
ecuador 2015

Arrival in Quito: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Departure from Quito: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Faculty Leader

Rosemary Byrne, M.S.N


The program will consist of didactic lectures for three hours per day, Monday through Friday. This curriculum will be supplemented by structured site visits and other interactions with local culture, including indigenous populations. These visits, which include a weekend stay in San Clemente, will focus on how remote indigenous communities access public health care, as well as the challenges they face in doing so.

Draft Syllabus: 
Global Health Perspectives_Byrne


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508)
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($2,200)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Quito and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in homestays with Ecuadoran families for the duration of their visit in Quito. In addition, three meals per day will be included in the cost of the program. 
Cultural Activities

Visits to the following sites are included as supplemental to the course curriculum:
  • Multi-day trip to the Amazon 
  • Museo Guayasamin
  • Indigenous communities of Tingo Pukara and San Clemente
  • Various health care facilities (public and private)
  • City tour of colonial Quito
Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Quito. Because this program includes a trip to the Amazon, students will be required to get the yellow fever vaccine at least two weeks prior to departure. Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations are also recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.