Located within walking distance of Quito’s main universities, our
Andean Study Center has energized classrooms surrounding an indoor garden
café where students relax in the sunny patio during class breaks,
sipping cappuccino, and munching on hot cinnamon rolls. We contract the
best professors in Quito for intensive language instruction or lectures
on bio-diversity, international trade, or the economy. Outside of Quito,
the learning environment boasts native Andean and Amazonian communities,
the incredibly diverse Cloud Forest, and the enchanted Galapagos Islands..
Andean Study Programs is an educational institution with credentials from
the Ecuadorian government. Additionally, all of the programs carry the
name and credentials of the sponsoring universities, who retain full ownership
of the study abroad programs. Ongoing programs and previously hosted universities
are listed below.
- Appalachian State University (Latin American History and Spanish)
- Bethel College (Anthropology, Biology, and International Business)
- Carleton College (Biology)
- Eckerd College (Biology)
- Marygrove College (Biology and Native Culture)
- Michigan State University (Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics)
- Ohio State University (Spanish and Graduate Program in Linguistics)
- Simpson College (Biology)
- St. Olaf College (Biology, Spanish, and Continuing Education)
- St. Petersburg College (Oceanography, Astronomy, and Spanish)
- University of California Santa Cruz (Field Institute Internships)
- University of Oregon (Biology)
- Washington and Lee University (Biology)
Contact us for e-mails of colleagues in
the above institutions who can recommend our expertise, or for web sites
to current programs.
Alumni and Continuing Education
In 2004, Andean Study Programs will host the first alumni travel seminar
for St. Olaf College in Minnesota. A group of adult learners will discover
biological and ethnic diversity as they visit Andean communities, the
Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.
In 2003, Andean Study Programs began hosting high school programs. Students
of Long Trail High School in Vermont spent ten days in the Andes and Amazon,
learning from their Ecuadorian counterparts in high school visits and
discovering the Amazon Rainforest. Spanish Immersion programs using Andean
and Amazonian communities and Ecology programs focusing on Galapagos and
the Amazon, offer life changing experiences for high school students.
Juan Miguel and Lori Espinoza are the directors of Andean Study Programs.
Additional team members include professors contracted from local universities,
program coordinators, office assistants, and staff biologists. The international
staff draw on work experience and graduate degrees from both the United
States and Ecuador, with academic backgrounds in Biology, Anthropology,
Sociology, Religion, Literature, and Applied Linguistics. We have extensive
working knowledge of higher education both in the United States and Ecuador.
Our network into the academic, professional, and business communities
is equally extensive.
We would like to thank our colleagues and friends Nick Biddle, Terrell
Morgan, Pat Lunn, Gretchen Wrobel, Jim Reynhout, and Bob Weaver for their
support and continued encouragement during the initial development years
and ongoing expansion of Andean Study Programs.