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  • Locations: Mindo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Credit Type: GSU Credit
Program Description:
Dates of Program: March 10-19, 2017
Credit Units: 3
Sponsor(s) of Program: Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Please click the link for the Gender, Sexuality, and Postcoloniality in Contemporary Ecuador 
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Come join us in Ecuador to learn why many Latin American nations are on the cutting edge of transforming human rights agendas regarding sexuality, gender, and indigeneity.  Activists, non-profits, and Constitutional reform in Ecuador are creating a vibrant, yet contested, moment of social change, with new discourses, identities, and social movements entering the public sphere. We will bear witness to the politics of everyday life as sexual minorities, indigenous groups, and transgender collectives seek recognition and rights in this contemporary postcolonial context.
Before our travel, we will read about sexuality, gender, indigeneity, and human rights in Latin America and Ecuador.  In Quito, we will attend classes (in English) with faculty at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), meet with NGO-based activists and lawyers advocating for LGBTQ issues, tour Quito’s colonial quarter (the largest in Latin America), visit local sights, and enjoy a cooking class.  We will take a day-trip to Otavalo, an indigenous market town. We will also travel to the “Middle of the World,” the site of the equator, before spending two nights at an eco-lodge in the Cloud Forest of Mindo, where we can hike, watch butterflies and birds, and learn about a rare biodiverse ecosystem.
Please provide as much detailed information as possible on where participants will stay abroad.
Example: Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel near the facilities of the host university in (city). Limit of 100 words.
Participants will stay in a comfortable, modern hotel near Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito and a beautiful eco-lodge just outside the cloud forest town of Mindo.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Before our travel, we will agree on times for a combined 2-hour class meeting and a 1-hour pre-departure orientation. Our anticipated travel itinerary is as follows:
March 10 Depart Atlanta and arrive in Quito
March 11 Orientation and welcome lunch at Universidad San Francisco de Quito; tour Quito’s historic colonial sector
March 12 Travel to Cloud Forest, stopping at Crater Pululahua Reserve and Middle of the World (equator); arrive at eco-lodge in Mindo; hiking and other activities
March 13 Free time for hiking, horseback riding, optional visits to Butterfly Farm, “bean-to-bar” chocolate factory, or birdwatching; afternoon class
March 14 Return to Quito; evening Ecuadorean cooking class
March 15 Visit local NGO; class at USFQ
March 16 Class at USFQ; visit local NGO
March 17 Visit Capilla del Hombre museum; free time in the afternoon
March 18 All-day excursion to Otavalo’s Saturday market; depart for airport
March 19 Arrive in Atlanta
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students.  Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences. For undergraduates, a grade of C or better in WGSS 2010, or permission of the Program Director, is a prerequisite for the course.
Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course(s) in GoSOLAR 
Participants who successfully complete the course will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for WGSS 4910 (or, for Honors students, WGSS 4910H) and graduate students should register for WGSS 6910.
Please note that neither the IEF nor the GES scholarships are applicable to Faculty-Led Spring Break Programs.  There is, however, a $1000 early decision discount for the first 9 Georgia State students who 1) apply, complete and submit their program application by October 31, 2016 2) pay their program deposit of $300 by October 31, 2016 and 3) are accepted into their program. (Please see the payment schedule below for more details.)  If an applicant misses the early decision discount (application submissions are time-stamped), they will absolutely be refunded their deposit within 7 business days should they choose not to participate at the full program price. Please note: transient students are not eligible for this discount.

The program cost is tentatively set at $1850 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.  Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost
Program Cost Includes
• All ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
• All breakfasts and lunches and three dinners
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Round-trip airfare/excess baggage charges
• Public transportation
• Passport expenses
• Personal expenses

October 31, 2016: $300 Deposit Due
November 8, 2016: $1,000 Early Decision Discount Payment Applied
November 16, 2016: $300 Payment Due
December 2, 2016: $250 Remaining balance (charged to Panther Pay)
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposits and Payments: Participants will pay program deposits and payments by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Remaining Program Balance:  The remaining program balance will be billed directly to your Panther Pay account.  Payment deadlines for study abroad programs Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above and begin their program application.
Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab. 
International Students: Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

Program Director: Susan Talburt
Office address: 25 Park Place, 22nd floor
Phone: (404) 414-6582


This program is currently not accepting applications.