Why Ecuador? Blue Hill College in Guayaquil is a uniquely international institution, founded to meet Ecuador’s need for a 21st-century college with a global perspective. The World Endeavors program at Blue Hill is an opportunity to take a variety of courses in English while also studying Spanish and living with a local family. Students come to Blue Hill from around Ecuador and the world, and courses incorporate both Ecuadorian and international standards of higher education. The curriculum is based on the American academic system, so students can easily find courses in their areas of concentration. The excellent academic programs here include marketing, international relations, business, finance, communications, advertising, and medical studies, among other subjects. The school’s small size makes it easy for students to form connections while they explore life in Ecuador’s largest city.
Live in Guayauil, Ecuador Guayaquil is the biggest and most modern city in Ecuador, and it’s changing every day. Located where the Guayas River meets the Pacific Ocean, it’s a major economic center as well as a destination for tourists from around Ecuador and South America. Life here is very busy, but the restaurants, bars, clubs, and concert venues prove the locals still know how to have fun in South American style. In recent years, the city has revitalized the promenade along the Guayas River, known as the Malecón, which is now a beautiful outdoor park that attracts both residents and visitors. Students living in Guayaquil can easily take trips outside the city to see the Galápagos Islands, hike in the Andes, or have an adventure in the rainforest.
Academics: After the program is successfully completed, academic credit and transcripts will be issued by Blue Hill College, accredited by Ecuador’s national council on higher education. World Endeavors staff work with students and their academic advisors to ensure that students earn credit for courses taken abroad.
Students applying to this program must have:
A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Fluency in English. No Spanish language proficiency is required.
Housing and Participant Life: Students stay with local Ecuadorian families in shared and single-room accommodations. Staying with a family is a powerful way to be immersed in the local language and culture and become part of the community. All student accommodations are safe, clean, and comfortable and provide easy access to public transportation.
Cost:See our Cost Table for program fee information
The cost for participating in this affiliate program is determined by the provider and the estimate is listed on their website. You are also required to pay a small amount of student fees to NDSU for the term in order to be registered as a full-time student (or 3-6 credits for summer), but NDSU tuition is waived for the time of your participation. You are responsible for the additional costs for the application and course fees, airfare, housing and other living expenses if they are not included in the cost by the provider.
Financial aid and scholarships can be applied toward the costs for this program. See the financial aid and scholarships page for more information. You will be required to pay the program fees due directly to the provider. Check with the provider about payment deadlines and whether you can make adjustments to your deadline based on when your financial aid will be disbursed.
Dates / Deadlines:
** This program follows a rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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