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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Quito, Ecuador
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      Deadline for Fall 2021 program: April 9, 2021

    • Minimum GPA

      2.5


    • Application

      We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 term. The application deadline is April 5. Please fill out the Study Abroad Future Interest Form to be notified about program updates for Spring 2022 and beyond.

      How to Apply

      Students who apply to attend the Biola in Ecuador must complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. In addition to the Biola Study Abroad application, students must also complete an application with the program provider, Living & Learning

      Note: Students must be accepted by both Biola Study Abroad and the program provider in order to participate in the program.

      Interested in applying? Check out the next steps.


      Study abroad programs have been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. We are resuming study abroad programs for travel in the Fall 2021 term.

      The Biola in Ecuador semester, hosted by Living and Learning International, is a study abroad program designed for college students who desire to grow in their ability to integrate life and learning-to integrate their walk with God with the realities of struggle, poverty and injustice in the world.


      Program Overview

      The program does not aim simply to add knowledge or travel to students' lives but to help them understand the wisdom of God's calling on each individual. The program encourages exploration into these pertinent questions: Who is God calling us to be? What is He calling us to do? How does He want us to respond?

      Combining excellent academics, cross-cultural ministry, mission and relevant internship opportunities in a unique and challenging setting, the Biola in Ecuador semester provides an opportunity for students to enjoy the rich interaction with their professors, program staff, ministry site hosts and other students who are on this same journey. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to communicate and understand the challenges of a developing nation and teaches them to respond with an informed, Christ-centered worldview. Semester courses cover a range of disciplines from Spanish language and Bible, to intercultural studies and history. This interdisciplinary approach draws students from all majors and disciplines, and any student who desires to further their education and grow in their walk with Christ is encouraged to apply.

      Along with receiving up to 18 credits — students will live, learn, and experience the beautiful country of Ecuador together. Each semester students will experience all four major regions of the country including Quito and the Andes mountains, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon jungle, and the beautiful tropical coast. Each student will complete a 5-week homestay with an Ecuadorian family and participate in either a for-credit internship in their major or service-learning practicum to encourage deeper cross-cultural engagement and community development.

      Students who apply to attend the Biola in Ecuador complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. In addition to the Biola Study Abroad application, students must also complete an application with the program provider, Living & Learning. Students must be accepted by both Biola Study Abroad and the program provider in order to participate in the program.


      2021–22 Program Cost (Before Financial Aid)

      ItemCost
      2021–2022 Biola Semester Tuition$22,191
      Program Fees (e.g. Room and Board, Educational Excursions)$3,500
      Non-Refundable Biola Administrative Fee$500
      International Health Insurance (Estimate)$225
      Estimated Program Cost$26,416


      Airfare, passport, partial meals (Approximately $400-$500), local transportation, and textbooks are not included in the program cost. Students will live in a shared house/apartment for the semester and include a homestay with a local Ecuadorian family. Students accepted to participate in the program during the 2021-22 year will be billed the Program Cost as seen above. This cost is before financial aid. For a study abroad financial aid review, please contact The Office of Financial Aid.


      Program Dates

      • Fall 2021: August 17–December 10
      • Spring 2022: January 11–May 6

      Course Equivalencies

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