Learn Spanish at the beginner level or perfect your intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills while you discover the natural beauty of Ecuador exploring the beaches, snowcapped mountains, and jungles.
Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador with nearly three million inhabitants, is the commercial, industrial, and import export hub of the country. Situated on the Guayas River and the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is known for its contagious informality, lively social life, and year-round tropical weather. Guayaquil, known as the Pacific Pearl, is the main port of Ecuador. Malécon 2000, the largest architectural development in the last century of Guayaquil's history, is a waterfront boardwalk that runs from Cuenca Street in the south of the city, all the way to Barrio las Peñas on the north.
The Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning that achieved high prestige in the community. Católica has an attractive campus and a very active student life, including numerous social and recreational facilities as well as computer labs. The campus is served by public transportation. More than 5,500 students are enrolled in degree programs such as Architecture, Law, Business, Sociology, Education, Literature, Communications, Psychology, Economics and Engineering.
Fall Semester Academic Program
La Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil is located in the commercial, import-export hub of Ecuador. La Universidad Católica is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning that has achieved high prestige in the community. Católica has an attractive campus and a very active student life, including numerous social and recreational facilities as well as computer labs. The campus is served by public transportation. More than 5,500 students are enrolled in degree programs such as Architecture, Law, Business, Sociology, Education, Literature, Communications, Psychology, Economics and Engineering.
The Semester Program in Guayaquil combines intensive language instruction (at all levels) with the study of Ecuadorian history and culture. Students earn 12 to 15 credits. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Students must complete a course pre-registration form, provided to them prior to departure.
Taught in six levels, Spanish instruction places heavy emphasis upon oral communication and uses an interactive methodology. CCIS students receive personalized attention in the small classes ranging from two to eight students. The Spanish courses are taught in one-month intensive sessions. This enables students to take more than one level in one semester.
Elementary Spanish Communication I
Elementary Spanish Communication II
Intermediate Spanish Communication I
Intermediate Spanish Communication II
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication and Composition II
Contemporary Latin American Literature (for students with advanced Spanish fluency)
Special Topics in Spanish (Spanish Conversation)
Social Science Contemporary Ecuadorian Issues*
Modern Latin American History**These two courses can be taught either in English or in Spanish, but not both, depending on the level of language knowledge in the class.
Winter and Summer Academic Programs
Special Topics in Spanish (4 credits) Students improve their fluency. This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. Strong emphasis is placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills using practical and interesting situational materials that stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax is stressed with the aim that students can read and write what they have learned to say and understand. Elementary Spanish Communication II (4 credits) Students build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and are able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Spanish. Prerequisite: Elementary Spanish Communication I or instructor's approval Intermediate Spanish Communication I (4 credits) Students improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, demonstrating the ability to report on various aspects of Spanish and Latin American life and culture, using more complex language patterns. Prerequisite: Elementary Spanish Communication II or instructor's approval. Intermediate Spanish Communication II (4 credits) Students demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write Spanish, in order to learn more about current Spanish and Latin American culture and customs. Prerequisite: Intermediate Spanish Communication I or instructor's approval. Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I (4 credits) Students demonstrate ability to discuss freely in Spanish, topics relevant to Spanish and Latin American civilization. Students also write compositions, using standard Spanish syntax and grammar, about themselves and their interaction with the societies mentioned, as well as research papers dealing with important trends and issues in the Hispanic World. Prerequisite: Intermediate Spanish Communication II or instructor's approval. Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II (4 credits) Students demonstrate the ability to write coherent and meaningful papers and reports, as well as use grammar patterns previously learned through intermediate and advanced Spanish courses. Students also demonstrate the ability to read stories, newspaper articles, and other materials commonly consulted by native speakers of the language. In addition, students are exposed to conversational situations that enrich their communication skills. Students also demonstrate mastery of advanced elements of Spanish writing and grammar. Prerequisite: Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I or instructor's approval.
* Course credits indicted are as approved at the College of Staten Island. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment.
Course credits indicted are as approved at the College of Staten Island. Students who are placed into the appropriate levels may be able to get CSI equivalencies for SPN 113 or 114 (first year college Spanish), SPN 213 or 215 (second year Spanish), or SPN 313 or 315 (third year Spanish). All courses are subject to minimum enrollment.
All programs participants live with Ecuadorian host families. The arrangement gives each participant the opportunity to learn about Ecuadorian culture first-hand. Students gain support in the new country from interaction with the family while following the host family's customs including: eating meals, respecting host norms, and being sensitive to Ecuadorian culture. Ecuadorian food consists mainly of soup and stews, corn pancakes, rice, eggs, and vegetables. Seafood is particularly good, even in the highlands.
If you’re into wildlife and nature, don’t miss visiting the Parque Histórico, a combination of living museum and zoological park where history and nature meet and you can observe the traditions of a centuries-old culture. Malecon 2000, the place where you can sit and enjoy an Ecuadorian sunny day on the Guayas River, has helped revitalize the city. Here you can shop for handcrafts and taste some delicious traditional Ecuadorian fare. If you’d like to cool off on the weekends, some of Ecuador’s most spectacular beaches lie just a short bus ride away to the west of the city. To the east you can escape to the picturesque colonial city of Cuenca, located high in the Andes mountains, where you can enjoy the perpetual spring-like climate.
2.5 GPA or better required. No previous Knowledge of Spanish required.
Dates & Costs
Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available. Please note all dates are subject to change.
| Fall, 2019
|| September 8 - December 13, 2019
|| $11,370 (CUNY & CCIS) $11,770 (Non-CCIS)
| Winter 2020
||January 1 - January 24, 2020
| Spring 2020
||February 9 - May 22, 2020
|| $11,370 (CUNY & CCIS) $11,770 (Non-CCIS)
Costs Included: Tuition and fees, room and partial board, local field trips and program activities, pre-departure and on-site orientations, sickness and accident insurance, and airport pickup
Estimated Costs Not Included: Airfare ($800-$1,000), personal expenses ($1,500 for semester, $300-$500 for short term), books ($100-$250 for semester only)
All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change.
Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable extensions.