BCA Quito, Ecuador

BCA Quito, Ecuador

WHY BCA QUITO
· Develop meaningful connections with indigenous communities during the BCA excursion to the Amazon and learn directly from them about the issues that impact their lives and community, from matters of environmental justice to the tension between modernization and traditional practices.
· Get involved in the Quito community by interning or volunteering at a variety of agencies, non-profits or foundations that work with different communities in Quito. Your Resident Director can connect you to community partners where you can learn about their mission and work and the ways you can support and learn from them during your time abroad.
· Live with an Ecuadorian family to learn about local customs, traditions and food, reflect on the socio-economic diversity of Ecuador, and develop your Spanish-language proficiency.
 
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your Resident Director will guide you throughout the semester, helping you understand and process your experiences. Together you will traverse the historical center of Quito, visit a cloud forest, hike around volcanic lakes, and visit the renowned Galapagos Islands all while exploring how your visits and presence impacts the local culture and environment. The BCA signature excursion varies by term, but in the past has been a multi-day visit to the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin to meet and learn about indigenous communities, participate in a homestay, and learn about the contemporary issues that threaten their culture and way of life.

ACADEMICS
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) hosts approximately 6,000 students, including 1,000 international students, across its various campuses. USFQ is ranked in the top three universities in Ecuador and offers areas of study across a wide array of academic disciplines making it a perfect location to fulfill major or general education requirements. You can also apply for the Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (L0ERI) which pairs you with a USFQ faculty member completing research in their field. Or, you can challenge yourself and connect to the community through an internship in education, social sciences or health professions.
 
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
There are many ways for you to become involved in the community and to learn about Ecuadorian culture and traditions from local people. You can join the university’s Ecua-buddies program where you are matched with an Ecuadorian student and encouraged to do fun activities together. Living with a host family gives you the chance learn about holiday celebrations, family customs and tasty traditional dishes! If you’re interested in volunteering, there are placements available with local non-profit organizations such as a medical clinic, refugee services agency or an agency working on development through sport. 

Subjects

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Arts
  • Biology (General)
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater, Drama, Dance
  • Travel / Tourism
  • Arabic
  • Biotechnology
  • Chinese Language
  • Dance
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sci. (Atmosph.)
  • Film Studies
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • French
  • German Language Literature And Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Business Management
  • Hotel/Restaurant/Hospitality
  • Photography
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Language Literature And Studies
  • Theater
  • Translation And Interpretation
  • Visual Arts

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WHY BCA MARBURG
• Spend the semester studying abroad in two countries! You will start in Vienna, Austria for an eight-week course focusing on developing your German language skills. Then transition to Marburg, Germany to enroll in courses with local students at Philipps-Universität, a renowned research and teaching university founded nearly five centuries ago. 
• Apply to live in Marburg’s Schloss Castle, which rests atop a hill that overlooks the city, with a community of local students. Practice your German language as you share meals, games of billiards and celebrations.
• Tailor your experience to your interests and needs by taking advantage of opportunities such as an education internship, joining the Lahn Model UN program or taking courses at the Center for Conflict Studies.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Marburg Resident Director will meet you in Vienna to orient you to the city and connect you to the many cultural events and activities available. In Marburg, your RD will be there to show you all the local landmarks and cultural hotspots. Together you will also visit other locations in the area. The BCA excursion may vary by semester, but in the past included a weekend excursion to the cities of Salzburg, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany to take in the Alpine scenery, spend an evening at the Opera and experience the difference between the thick but melodic Austrian German dialect and the quick but nevertheless relatively easy to understand variant of German spoken in Hesse.

ACADEMICS
In Vienna, you’ll attend Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien (IKI) for eight weeks with students from all over the world focused on improving their German language skills. In Marburg, you’ll enroll at Philipps-Universität, an internationally renowned institution with a variety of course offerings across many departments, including life sciences, Middle East studies, psychology and geography. If you have an advanced level of German, you can take Philipps and BCA courses taught entirely in German. If your German is not as advanced, you can take BCA courses designed for our students and choose from select courses taught in English at Philipps.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
In addition to meeting students through your courses and housing, you can get to know local students by joining a club sports team or one of the many student organizations. Many students have also pursued their passion for music by becoming involved in the rich music scenes of Vienna and Marburg. Past students have even been able to play with local orchestras!  You can also volunteer at local social service agencies such as a refugee center, a senior assistance agency or a hospital to connect with local organizations.

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BCA Valladolid, Spain

WHY BCA VALLADOLID
• Focus on your Spanish-language development by studying in a city with few U.S. students or English-language speakers. Situated in the beautiful Castile and León region and only an hour via train from Madrid, Valladolid is an excellent city for you to improve your Spanish skills during your daily interactions around the city and with your host family.
• Pursue volunteer or internship opportunities to learn more about and support organizations doing important work in the city. Your resident director can help to connect you to organizations dedicated to education, immigration services, language instruction, physical therapy, services for the homeless and other services. 
• Enroll in the course Human Rights in Global Spain to explore the concepts of culture, human rights and social justice in a multi-regional, globalized Spain. 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Valladolid Resident Director was born and raised in the city and is committed to helping you find all the treasures it offers – even some unknown to many residents! Your RD helps you learn about festivals and activities going on in area. You’ll also venture outside of Valladolid with your RD as a guide. Excursions vary each semester but in the past have included Segovia, known for its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct; and Salamanca, home to one of the most beautiful plazas mayores in Spain.

ACADEMICS
As an educational center focused entirely on Spanish language and culture, Universitas Castellae offers individualized attention to students. The school hosts a small number of U.S. and other international students each semester. Universitas is in the heart of Valladolid with classrooms in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo – the city’s first bullring. Classes usually occur in the morning, so you can use the afternoon to pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in a variety of disciplines or interact with native speakers and explore the city independently.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Enjoy churros and hot chocolate – a favorite snack in Valladolid – as you meet with your language exchange group which includes study abroad students and local English-language learners of all ages. You’ll quickly share your country’s customs, traditions, slang words and sense of humor with each other. Spend time with your host family sharing meals, learning about their traditions and experiencing some of Valladolid’s celebrations such as La Feria, a fall celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, or the spring celebration of Semana Santa, one of the largest holy week celebrations in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.

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