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Faculty Led: Communication and Culture in Cuenca, Ecuador
Cuenca, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/11/2022 06/19/2022

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
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English Program Type: Faculty Led
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Communication and Culture in Cuenca, Ecuador

Program Director:   
Professor Ashley Coker (
Co-Director: Professor Michael Storr (


Choose 6 credits from the following options:
  • COMM 333: Rhetoric of Tourism and Travel (3 credits)
  • COMM 290: Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 210: Fundamentals of Public Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 299x: Oral Interpretation and Storytelling (3 credits)
Program Description:

Compact and yet diverse, Ecuador is a South American tasting menu. It’s got all of South America’s best highlights—Andean mountains with glacial volcanoes, Otavalo—the site of the largest market in South America, Amazonian jungles, and charming colonial cities, such as Cuenca. With stunning scenery, cobblestoned cities, complicated histories, and untamed jungles, it’s almost poetic that Ecuador is at the literal center of our planet. Ecaudor packs a huge cultural punch— making it an excellent backdrop for exploring communication and culture. This five-week program offers significant time in Cuenca and experiences/excursions in multiple other locations; we’ll begin in Quito, the high-altitude capital with lots to see and do, including a stop at the Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Then we'll spend the four weeks in and around Cuenca— of all the cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is arguably both the most charming and most livable. After a month of full Cuencan immersion, our one-week sojourn to the north begins. We’ll make our first stop in Alausi, home of the famous Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) tourist train—a feet of engineering as it makes what seems like impossible switchbacks through the mountains. Next we’ll stop in Baños, to be spoiled with optional outdoor adventure activities. Or, take it easy in the local hot springs. Next we’ll hit up Tena, the gateway to the Amazon jungle. Then we’ll visit the Market at Otavalo before finally returning to Quito.

The program offers four courses; while program is designed for students to take two courses simultaneously, students may opt to take just one course with special permission from co-directors. Coursework will focus on full immersion into Ecuadorian cultures. Intercultural communication (COMM290) is a tier-1 (social science) UCC course. Fundamentals of Public Communication (COMM210) is a foundation requirement for all BSU students. Rhetoric of Tourism and Travel (COMM333) is a special topics course that can serve as an elective for all Communication Studies majors and minors, as well as a general elective for all undergraduate students. Oral Interpretation and Storytelling in Ecuador (COMM299X) is an experimental course that can serve as an elective for all Communication Studies majors and minors, as well as a general elective for all undergraduate students. All courses will be comprised of lecture, discussion, reading, reflection, and activity, with a focus on experiential learning (COMM290), rhetorical analysis (COMM333), and performance (COMM210 and 299X). Some reading and preliminary coursework may begin before the start of the program.

Program Dates:

May 11 - June 19, 2022

Estimated Cost: 

$2,864 Program Fee + 6 credits of BSU tuition and fees
Tuition and fees based on credit hours, residency, and undergraduate/graduate level

Program Fee Includes:
  • Ground Transportation and in-country travel
  • Accommodation (small hotels/guesthouses)
  • Welcome dinner
  • Medical & Evacuation Insurance
Round Trip Airfare (est. $700), Passport ($145) and meals (approx. $500-600) are NOT included in the program fee. Please budget for these additional expenses. A general suggestion of $200 spending money for incidentals is recommended.

How do I apply? 
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU by the deadline

Whom can I contact for more information? 
Please contact Ashley Coker ( with any questions related to the program content.


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