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Students spend a considerable part of the program in the city of Quito. Founded by Spanish colonizers in the 16th century on top of an existing indigenous settlement, Quito has a mix of colonial and contemporary styles and a huge mix of people from different ethnic, class, and national backgrounds. Students find both traditional and trendy areas to explore, and rich settings of urban sounds, signs, and sites to analyze, as they think about the city’s development. As they wander through Quito, students discover markets, businesses, churches, museums, bookstores, stunning mountain views, and quaint plazas.
4 semesters college Spanish
This Binational Learning Community in Ecuador and Oregon fulfills the core requirements for the OSU undergraduate certificate and graduate minor in Food in Culture and Social Justice.The program occurs over fall term and is split between site visits in Oregon and Ecuador, and content courses taught on the OSU campus.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
September 2015: Orientation for all, Ecuadorians arrive in Oregon, 140 hours of site visits in Oregon
Fall quarter 2015 - students take between 2 and 4 of the required courses linked with Ecuador
December 2015: Oregonians arrive in Ecuador, 140 hours of site visits in Ecuador
Please note that the dates of the Ecuador site visit occur before finals week. Students must get permission from their instructors to leave early and must arrange alterative times to take their finals.
Oregon and Ecuador - see Host Institution details
at least sophomore class standing
What does a food system that is fair and healthy for everyone look like and what steps can be taken to help create it?
In this learning community a group of professors, students and select community members will focus their attention on this question by exploring two regions that contain a wide variety of ecosystems, cultures and agricultural products and where food activism is strong. Oregon is known for its environmental laws and Ecuador is the first country to call for food sovereignty in its constitution. How do these policies play out in the lives of people who produce food and eat food? What are the impacts of the global food system on rural communities and on people's health? How are food activists attempting to change the food system?
In both Ecuador and Oregon, the group will visit sites of sustainable food production that are integrated into local, regional, national and international markets, as well as programs that highlight culturally important foodways outside of the market system. Particular attention will be given to indigenous foodways and ecosystems: Coastal and Plateau tribes in Oregon and Andean and Amazonian tribes in Ecuador. Food justice lies at the center of the explorations.
Students can fulfill the core requirements for the undergraduate certificate program in Food in Culture and Social Justice and graduate students can fulfill requirements for a minor in Food in Culture and Social Justice, with approval of their committee.
Students who want credit for the learning community experience must sign up for at least two of the following four courses during fall term, although they are welcome to take all four if desired:
Contact Rebecka Daye for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE for late Summer/Fall 2015: tbd
$2593 excluding airfare and tuition
The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) is a branch of the USFQ in Quito. The Institute sits on the island of San Cristóbal in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, population 5,400. From the front door of the institute, it is a one minute walk to the beach, but you’ll have to step around grumpy sea lions to get there. It’s a ten-minute walk into town and another ten minutes in the opposite direction to the Galapagos National Park Interpretive Center. Visit the GAIAS website.
The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some thirteen volcanic islands, six smaller islands, and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador. The oldest of the islands are about 5 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed. The islands are best known for their vast number of endemic species and the studies made by Charles Darwin that led to his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Ninety-seven percent of the land surface of the Islands is a Natural Park and has been named a World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers 133,000 km and is home to sea lions, sea turtles, albatross, seals, and penguins.
One year college-level Spanish
2.75 minimum GPA
Completion of at least one course in general biology and ecology
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is located in a suburb of Quito, the main campus of USFQ provides a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of urban Quito. Neoclassical buildings, courtyards and a Japanese tea house provide a snapshot of the innovative and eclectic culture of the USFQ. Located about 40 minutes by bus from central Quito, the USFQ is home to about 2700 undergraduate and 125 graduate students. Because of its size and program structure, USFQ offers many opportunities for students to integrate into Ecuadorian academic life.
The USFQ is comprised of the following colleges: Administration for Development; Architecture; Communication and Contemporary Arts; Liberal Arts; Health Sciences; Biological Sciences and Environment; Agricultural Products and Nutrition; Science and Engineering; and Hospitality, Gastronomy and Tourism. The university operates on a semester calendar. Visit the USFQ website.
Nestled high in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the center of Ecuador's political and cultural activity. Colonial churches and cathedrals as well as the art and artifacts of a diverse indigenous population illustrate Quito's rich history. Narrow cobblestone streets of the Old City instantly provide contrast with the modern office buildings and avenues just a few blocks away. Cumbaya is a city of 80,000 located in a valley about 30 minutes east of Quito.
Two years college-level Spanish; 2.75 minimum GPA.