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Study Abroad Orientation & Excursion in Ecuador

Arrival and orientation

  • Airport pick-up
  • On-site orientation: includes transportation, accommodation, activities and some meals
  • Welcome meal
  • Introduction to Ecuador and its culture
  • Discussion of academic differences and expectations
  • IFSA-Butler staff-led sessions on academics, living in Ecuador, integrating into the host university and more


  • Significant time spent in Quito (for the students whose semester is primarily in the Amazon) and significant time spent in the Amazon (for the students whose semester is primarily spent in Quito)
  • Visit to Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station, called "the most bio-diverse spot on Earth," followed by a Toxic Tour to learn about past and present issues related to the extraction of natural resources in the Amazon
  • Trip to the Ecuadorian highlands to visit community development projects and different indigenous villages in the provinces of Bolivar and Cotopaxi
  • Excursion to the Ecuadorian coast to spend time with an Afro-Ecuadorian community in the province of Esmeraldas, exchanging cultural performances

These excursions, events and activities may be offered during your semester abroad in Ecuador. Please note that not all activities or these exact excursions are offered every semester.

Other activities

  • Visits to museums
  • Nature hikes
  • Sporting events
  • Theatre, dance and music performances
  • Movie nights
  • Cooking classes
  • Farewell meal
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