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  • Locations: Cuenca, Ecuador; El Guabo, Ecuador; Loja, Ecuador; Macas, Ecuador; Machala, Ecuador; Montanita, Ecuador; Nangaritza, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Puerto Lopez, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; Riobamba, Ecuador; Zamora, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. Click on the disk icon to save the program to your profile, join the interest list, and receive updates.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
02/20/2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Students must arrive in the host city and check into the program housing on the program start date. The program officially ends on the end date, and students must check out of the housing facilities at that time. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from the program and should WAIT to purchase airfare until they have been officially instructed by the Faculty Director, Program Provider, and/or Host University.

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Fact Sheet:
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Program Type: Faculty-Led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type(s): Hostel/Hotel Home Campus: Non-U of U, U of U: Utah Campus
Credit Type: Graduate U of U, Undergraduate U of U Language(s) of Instruction: English
Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency, No Host Language Badge Opportunities: Research Experience
Eligibility: Course Prerequisite(s), Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18 Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

Ecuador
DESCRIPTIONEcuador

Ecuador is first country in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, but the use of its resources in the case of informal gold mining greatly degrades the ecosystem. The course is an intensive hands-on three-week exploration of the problem of water quality impacts from mining in Ecuador from all perspectives: 1) operators; 2) regulators; locals and indigenous, and in terms of technical and non-technical concerns. The first week (in U.S. at the U) will provide the history and context of Ecuador and mining in Ecuador, as well as a working understanding of water quality and trace element toxicity. The second and third weeks (Ecuador) will involve hands on-field observations and sampling/surveying of river systems, ecosystem components, and humans, tours of mining and processing facilities, lectures from Ecuadorian researchers, and interviews with individuals of all societal sectors (operators, regulators, locals). A variety of natural and cultural sites are experienced as the class interacts with Ecuadorian researchers and locals, and crosses Ecuador from the highland volcanic plateaus to the coastal forests.

Course requires participation in three meetings during the spring semester (to be scheduled), three days of pre-trip orientation and preparation during summer, and post-trip Fall semester synthesis. 

Summer 2018 program is expected to run in early August. Official dates will be posted when available.

ACADEMICS

  • Available credit(s): 5
  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program course
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites

EXCURSIONS

  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Historic Spanish colonial Quito and Cuenca
    • Incan ruins near Cuenca
    • Seafood near Machala
    • Hike to a waterfall near Zaruma
    • Views of mountains and volcanoes

LEARNING ABROAD BADGES

This program automatically earns the Research Experience Badge.
  • As part of the program, students will develop an understanding of the intersection of multiple fields in the context of mining impacts including: 1) water quality and contaminant transport; 2) trace element geochemistry and toxicity; 3) human behavior influences; 4) economics and policy drivers. The experience involves hands-on field observations and sampling, observational tours of mining and processing facilities, lectures from Ecuadorian researchers, and interviews with individuals of all societal sectors (operators, regulators, locals, and indigenous).  
  • Students identify sources of data, and collect the data to complete an assessment during the program.  The final project can serve as a poster session abstract, or the foundation of a conference presentation, and students are encouraged to develop related research projects through the UROP program.  

FACULTY DIRECTOR

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost

DATES

  • Find TENTATIVE program dates above
  • Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from the host country for most programs
  • Participants should wait to purchase airfare until they have been officially instructed by the Faculty Director, Program Provider, and/or Host University

FINANCES

  • Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
  • Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
  • Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
  • Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information

LEARNING ABROAD HANDBOOK

The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.



This program is currently not accepting applications. Click on the disk icon to save the program to your profile, join the interest list, and receive updates.