Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. It ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes every mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city—within sight of snow-capped volcanoes—that houses remarkable combinations of colonial and modern, rich and poor.
The Intensive Spanish in Ecuador program can be combined with the MSID Ecuador semester or academic year program for an extended experience abroad.
Explore madrasas, fonduks, palaces, and 13th Century ruins. Take intensive Modern Standard Arabic and fascinating cultural courses. Live with warm and welcoming host families. Surround yourself with Arabic. On weekends, travel to the imperial city of Meknes, the capital city of Rabat, and the hypnotizing markets of Marrakesh. Fez's medina, declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 1981, is one of the largest and most enduring Medieval Islamic settlements in the world. Experience the complexity of modern and ancient Morocco in the cultural and spiritual city of Fez. All classes are held in a large villa surrounded by a lush garden and patio in the modern Ville Nouvelle neighborhood. The University of Minnesota partners with the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF), the preeminent institution in the Maghreb for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. ALIF has many clubs students can join- photography, film, book club, etc., in addition to a service-learning club where students can get involved with volunteer and service-learning opportunities that support the local populations in Fez.
Live and study in Montpellier, one of France’s fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place for an introduction to French language and culture.
This program, developed in conjunction with the Carlson School of Management, is based at the University of Montpellier. Students will take English-taught business courses alongside French and other American students, as well as a Business French course.