Study in Ecuador & Spain

Buen Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid, Spain

Photo by Alexandra King

Fall 2018 Students, Alcalá, Spain

Alpaca encountered by students in Cuenca, Ecuador

Alpaca encountered by students in Cuenca, Ecuador

Study Abroad Programs

Participate and immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of Ecuador and Spain! Our study abroad programs provide opportunities for students who want to spend time learning in a foreign country while they are studying at UVic. Both programs have specific requirements and application deadlines.

Read what study abroad students are saying about their experiences:
      "From Saanich to Spain - and back again"
by Elijah Ackerly. The Ring, May 2021
      "Making the world their textbook"
The Ring, February 2016

Deadline for Fall 2022 applications has passed. Information sessions are typically held in November and January for the following year abroad.

If you are planning to independently study and take courses at institutions abroad that are not part of these programs, please see 'Taking Courses Abroad' for important guidelines.

About the program

  • Location: Alcalá de Henares, Spain (35 Km northeast of Madrid)
  • Institution: We partner with the Universidad de Alcalá
  • Term: October to December
  • The program is directed to students entering 3rd year Spanish
  • Acceptance is based on grades in 1st and/or 2nd year Spanish
  • Eligibility: Students who are completeing SPAN 250B or SPAN 249
  • Students may be eligible for some funding through the department's Elias Mandel Prize for Study Abroad

About the courses

  • Students take courses in the areas of language, culture, and literature
  • Credits received will be UVic credits (7.5 units total), some of which can be applied to a degree in Hispanic Studies
  • Courses include SPAN 280 (Spanish Immersion), SPAN 350A (Upper Intermediate Spanish I), and SPAN 350B (Upper Intermediate Spanish II) for 7.5 units

Accommodations

  • Students are responsible for their transportation and living expenses
  • The Universidad de Alcalá offers accommodation in a university residence with full room and board or  a homestay could be arranged. There is also a residence with kitchens available to students to prepare their own meals.

About the program

  • Location: Cuenca is a UNESCO Heritage Site in the Highlands
  • 2,500m above sea level; pop. 332,000
  • Institution: We partner with the Universidad de Cuenca
  • Term: September to December
  • The program is directed to students entering 2nd year Spanish.
  • Opportunities for community outreach
  • Eligibility: Students who are completeting SPAN 100B or SPAN 149.
  • Students may be eligible for some funding through the department's Elias Mandel Prize for Study Abroad

About the courses

  • Intensive language courses
  • Courses include SPAN 250A (Intermediate Spanish I), SPAN 280 (Spanish Immersion), and SPAN 305B (Upper Intermediate Topics in Hispanic Culture) for 7.5 units
  • Cultural and literary readings, visits to museums and field trips
  • All instructors are Spanish native speakers
  • 7 to 15 students per class
  • Classes are Monday to Friday, morning/afternoon 
  • Levels in accordance with Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Accommodations

  • Home stays arranged by the Universidad de Cuenca
  • Homes no more than 30 minutes from campus by public transportation
  • Rentals close to the university are possible but not organized by the university

For financial support with going to study abroad, here are some funding opportunities that exist for current UVic students:

Faculty of Humanities:

UVic International Student Services Outbound funding opportunites including:

  • Student International Activities Fund
  • One World International Scholarship