Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Quito, Ecuador
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      March 15 deadline for fall

      October 15 deadline for spring

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    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.


    What Will I Study?

    The program does not aim simply to add knowledge or travel to students' lives, but to help them understand with wisdom 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.

    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 a service-learning practicum to encourage deeper cross-cultural engagement and community development.


    Course Equivalencies

    Biola in Ecuador Course Equivalencies


    Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    Community Development Seminar
    (Required)
    Community Development Seminar/Intercultural
    Practicum
    1-3 INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 1-3
    Core Culture Course
    (Required, select One)
    Ecuador 350: History, Politics & Culture of Ecuador 3 INCS 332 Peoples of the World 3
    Ecuador 250: Art History & Culture of Ecuador 3 ARTS 100 Art Appreciation 3
    Spanish Courses
    (Required, Select One OR Two)
    Spanish 101 Accelerated Spanish I
    4 SPAN 100 Spanish Language and Culture I 4
    Spanish 102 Accelerated Spanish II
    4 SPAN 200 Spanish Language and Culture II 4
    Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish
    4 SPAN 201 Spanish Language and Culture III 4
    Spanish 250 Reading & Composition
    3 SPAN 202 Spanish Language and Culture IV 3
    Spanish 301 Conversation & Adv. Grammar
    3 SPAN 300 Advanced Spanish Communication I 3
    SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish Communication II 3
    SPAN 310 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I 3
    SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II 3
    Spanish 310 Conversation & Advanced Grammar
    3 SPAN 300 Advanced Spanish Communication I 3
    SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish Communication II 3
    SPAN 310 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I 3
    SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II 3
    Spanish 400 Ecuador y su Cultura: Literatura
    Latinoamericana
    3 SPAN 351 Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature 3
    Spanish 403 Advanced Composition
    3 SPAN 310 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I 3
    SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II 3
    Core Courses
    (Select Minimum of Two)
    Biology 100
    3 BIOS 100 Biological Principles 3
    Christian Spiritual Formation 350
    3 BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3
    INCS 427 Spiritual Formation in Cross-Cultural Context 3
    Worldview and World Religions 340
    3 INCS 456 World Religions 3
    Intercultural Communications 300
    3 COMM 472 Intercultural Communication
    3
    INCS 420 Intercultural Communication 3
    INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 3
    Total Credits 15-18