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  • Locations: Cuenca, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer, Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Department of Educational Studies, Department of Teaching and Learning, Education and Human Ecology, Education and Human Ecology (College of), Humanities, International Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad, GE: Open Options – Service-Learning Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Education Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Service-Learning Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Timothy E. Hornsby
Program Description:
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This program will occur again during Winter Break 2019.Sustainability Ecuador tab 1
This program explores the intersections of themes such as sustainability, food security, indigenous rights, local crafts, and women’s rights as they relate to social justice in a global context. The experience will take place in both Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador. In Quito, students will tour museums and local eateries, and participate in a cooking class to learn more about art, culture, and food production in Ecuadorian society. In Cuenca, students will stay with area host families and partner with the Women’s Association of Freedom and Progress in the rural community of Guallanzhapa to develop, promote, and build sustainability for the selling of their natural products made from regional plants.
Ohio State University students will strengthen their knowledge of cultural humility, immigration and transnational identities, and problems with the current understanding of "leadership." Graduate students will also learn to facilitate international experiences and examine the complexities of administering service-learning abroad.


The program begins in Quito, Ecuador where the students will spend a few days seeing cultural and historic sites in the city. Then the group will travel to Cuenca, Ecuador, further south, where they will reside for the rest of the program.


Students will stay in pairs with host families while in Cuenca and in a modern hotel while in Quito.

Resident Directors

Marc Guerrero
College of Education and Human Ecology

Marcos Rivera
College of Education and Human Ecology

Ohio State Program Contact

Tim Hornsby
To make an appointment, please click here.



Courses and Credit Sustainability Ecuador tab 2

Admitted undergraduate students are required to register in 3 credits of Educational Studies: Higher Education and Student Affairs (ES HESA) 2571: Community Leadership for Autumn semester 2019. This course meets the requirement for GE Service Learning. Admitted graduate students are encouraged but not required to register for 3 credits of Educational Studies: Higher Education and Student (ES HESA) 8895 during Autumn semester 2019.

Admitted undergraduate students are also required to register in 3 credits of ES HESA 3573: Leadership in Global Contexts, for Summer 4-Week Session 1 (May), 2018. Admitted graduate students are required to register in 4 credits for ES HESA 7530: Practicum in Higher Education and Student Affairs for Summer 4-Week Session 1 (May). Instructions for enrollment will be included in the acceptance letter. 

Both undergraduate courses, ESHESA 2571 and 3573 meet course requirements for the Leadership Studies Minor.

Upon return from the program, students will actively participate in online discussions and conferences as the group continues to make meaning of the experience throughout the summer. This is required and can be done remotely.



Application Requirement Sustainability Ecuador tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, an undergraduate or graduate student of any major and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.

Undergraduate students are required to submit an academic reference from a recent professor/TA for the application to be considered complete. 

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program CostsSustainability Ecuador tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $1,223 program fee. The program fee includes group round-trip international airfare from Columbus to Ecuador, an in-country round-trip flight from Quito to Cuenca and back at the end of the program, accommodations, in-country transportation, entrances and activities that are part of the program, and all meals are provided by host families while in Cuenca. The program fee does not include passport, immunizations, personal expenses, and some meals in Quito.
Students who apply for this program by the deadline who are EHE majors or minors will be automatically considered for funding through the EHE Ambassador Award. Funding will be awarded based on financial need and GPA.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.



Information Sessions Sustainability Ecuador tab 5

  • Thursday, March 7th from 4-5pm in 136 Ramseyer Hall
  • Wednesday, March 20th from 12-1pm in 336 Ramseyer Hall
Come learn more about the program, meet the Resident Directors who lead it, ask questions, and learn how to apply for the program and for scholarships!


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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As a future elementary teacher, this experience has reminded me that a difference in a student's primary language does not put them in a deficit. Rather, it is important to remember that they are proficient in another language other than English, which is a good reminder that ESL students are not "behind" or "struggling", they are just intelligent in a way that differs from me. 
     — Summer, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.