Learning from experience is the core of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID). The program puts you in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. Through classes, field trips and an extended internship or research placement, MSID strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis.
Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. Geographically, it ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes a mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city that houses a remarkable combination of colonial and modern, rich and poor. Internship sites are scattered within a three-hour radius of Quito.
This program is geared toward Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) psychology majors and minors. During the six-week summer program, you will choose two courses from the following list: Introduction to Biological Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Psychology in the Workplace and Research Laboratory in Psychology. Both courses that you choose will fulfill psychology BA/BS requirements. During the semester program, you will register for courses covering subjects such as psychology, art history, business, communications and media, culture, ecology, finance, marketing, neuroscience, and more, for a total of 13 to 18 credits. Available psychology courses fulfill psychology BA/BS requirements. Both the summer and semester programs will allow you to gain an international perspective on psychology and hands-on research experience.
This program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology. The Fundación is located in the central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city.
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.