South America's Best Kept Secret.

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

QUITO WOW FACTORS

• Volunteer Immersion: Many opportunities to give back
• Galapagos Islands: Semester students may participate
• UNESCO World Heritage City!

THE ATHENA TOUCH

What makes this Athena?
• Staff makes you part of the 'family'
• Quality education with small teacher-to-student ratio
• Low cost gives great value

ACADEMICS

ACADEMICS @ ACADEMIA

WHY WE PARTNER WITH ACADEMIA LATINOAMERICANA de ESPANOL

The Academia is a top-quality, private, non-profit institution recognized by the Ecuadorian government. The school’s founder and staff share the same vision as Athena that personalizing study abroad is the key to the best outcomes and experiences.

HISTORY:

HISTORY: Founded in 1989, the school is one of the language school pioneers in South America.

EXPERIENCE:

You will be in the heart of Quito, in a beautiful colonial building with an interior patio, 21 classrooms, video room and more. Athena offers Academic-based Scholarships!

COURSES

Courses have the following % breakdown:

COURSESGeneral % Offered

HUMANITIES

80%

SOCIAL SCIENCES

20%

COMPLETE COURSE OFFERINGS

Course NumberTitleSubject Area
SPANISH 111-112BEGINNING SPANISH I-II
Intensive course for beginners in Spanish. Primary objective: to help students begin early and meaningful communication in Spanish by acquiring necessary basic skills. Emphasizes all four language skills: reading, writing, and especially listening and speaking. Secondary objective: to provide insight into Hispanic culture and society through readings, discussions and activities.
Spanish Language
SPANISH 221-222INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I-II
Continuing study of the Spanish language with additional emphasis on reading and writing skills. Study of Hispanic culture and close reading of selected Hispanic texts from various genres. Extensive grammar review, composition, and oral-aural practice.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 299INDEPENDENT STUDY
Supervised study and research of an area not covered in available courses.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 311-312SPANISH GRAMMAR I-II
Intermediate level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed third year college Spanish but whose language skills need strengthening as they pursue upper level courses while studying abroad.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 313-314SPANISH GRAMMAR III-IV
Advanced level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed third year college Spanish and who are pursuing upper level courses while studying abroad.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 315-316ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE
Advanced level study of Spanish. Designed for students who have completed third year college Spanish and who are pursuing upper level courses while studying abroad.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 330PHONETICS & PRONUNCIATION
Phonetic description of the sound system of Spanish, developed linguistically and applied to the improvement of pronunciation and spoken Spanish
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 332SEMINAR IN LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
Latin American Cinema. Topics vary.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 335SPANISH FOR BUSINESS & COMMERCE
Acquisition of specific commercial concepts and vocabulary in Spanish, and the study of worldwide and local economic factors.
Spanish Language
*SPANISH 340SURVEY OF HISPANIC AMERICAN LITERATURE
Reading and discussions of selections from the major works of Hispanic American literature and their relationship to contemporary and subsequent society and culture.
Social Science and Humanities
*SPANISH 344REGIONAL LITERATURE OF HISPANIC AMERICA (Ecua-Peru-Boliv)
Reading and discussion of Hispanic literature, poetry, novels and epics. Themes and authors include pre-Columbian legend, Romanticism, Modernism.
Social Science and Humanities
*SPANISH 352HISPANIC-AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Introduction to society and culture of contemporary Hispanic-America through examination of political, social, religious and artistic forces. Emphasis on social-political problems and their affect on the United States. Readings, lectures, compositions and discussions in Spanish.
Social Science and Humanities
*SPANISH 364INDIGENOUS CULTURES
Period, cultural, economic, and ethnic studies of the people of a specific country in Hispanic America.
Social Science and Humanities
*SPANISH 372HISPANIC-AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1888
Reading and discussion of representative works in Spanish-American literature from Modernism to the present: Darío, Martí, Borges, Neruda, Paz, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa, Fuentes, García Márquez and others.
Social Science and Humanities
*SPANISH 374REGIONAL HISTORY OF HISPANIC AMERICA (Ecuador-Peru-Bolivia)
A comprehensive historical study of the Ecuadorian, Peruvian or Bolivian region including pre-Columbian through contemporary issues.
Social Science and Humanities
*SPANISH 380SPECIAL TOPICS
Offered periodically for the study of a particular issue, theme or topic in Hispanic literature or civilization; for example, Spanish cinema, revolution in Central America, literary theory and criticism.
Social Science and Humanities
* QUECHUA 386QUECHUA LANGUAGE
Offered every semester at every level for students.
Social Science and Humanities
* SPANISH 413ADVANCED WRITING
Study of composition, grammar, and lexicon at an advanced level with a special focus on creative writing
Spanish Language
* INTERNSHIP 414+INTERNSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA
One to four units – Intermediate, Advanced
Internship

PATTY & SANDRA DEL CORRAL

On-Site Advisors

Patty and Sandra are sisters and have been servicing students since 1989. They both studied in the U.S. and are aware of the specific needs that study abroad students have. Patty is a collaborative, motivational and inspirational leader; she instills confidence in others. Sandra is a consensus builder, and acts with integrity and fairness when dealing with students.

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STUDENT LIFE

FIELD TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

We’re going to enhance your time on the equator! Athena includes a field trip/excursion pack into your program package, in addition to the many optional evening and weekend activities that are offered to elevate your study abroad experience. These may include:

• Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World)/Equator Line

• Cloud Forest weekend trip

• Otavalo Market

• City walking tour

• Galapagos Islands

FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHT: Galapagos Islands

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: semester students may choose to participate in an optional trip to the Galapagos Islands. Big tortoises, finches, other weird animals - watch out!

HOUSING

Housing is conveniently located, and in close proximity to the school and the city center, within a short walk or bus ride.

HOUSING OPTIONS:

You’ll have the option to choose a) Homestay; or b) Residence Halls

• In the homestay, you’ll stay with a host family and receive two daily meals.

• In the residence hall, you will stay in double-occupancy rooms.

FAQS

Can I stay with a local family?

Yes!  In fact, students who are looking to acquire the Spanish language, or improve their current skills, are strongly encouraged to do a homestay.

Can I request to room with my friend?

Yes!  You can certainly request who you would like to have as your roommate.  This is done after you are accepted into the program; you will note this in your housing request forms.

Do you provide flights?

We have partnered with STA Travel, an incredible student-focused travel agency.  The good people there will be able to help all Athena students arrange flights overseas.

VOLUNTEER OPTIONS

Here’s a great opportunity to share some love in the world. If you’re staying for more than 4 weeks, you are encouraged to volunteer. Options include orphanages, animal shelters, schools and more.

When I began looking at study abroad programs...only one organization returned my email with a phone call & that was Athena! ...That kind of customer service only continued.

CHRISTOPHER MAGGIO

Capital University

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THE CITY

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

What’s Quito Like?

Quito is one of the world’s most overlooked gems. The city infuses South American, European and indigenous elements. This is why UNESCO – a primary authority on recognizing locations of significance – declared Quito as the very first World Heritage site. The Old City is rich with history, charming windy streets, and excellent shopping and eating. Quito is a marvelous contemporary city with all the modern amenities you would expect in the U.S.

But the main reason Quito is so great: the people. Ecuadorians are warm, honest and service-oriented people who truly enjoy welcoming foreign visitors to their country.

CITY PERKS

Enjoy the incredible parks and restaurants … Quito is the capital of Ecuador, a special country that features not only the equator line, which you can visit, but also the Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands

WEATHER

  • OVERALL WEATHER:  The general temperature each day is mild, regardless of month, sitting in the 48-67 degree range.
  • THINGS TO NOTE: Sitting at an elevation of 9,350 feet up in the Andes Mountains, and being near the equator, Quito maintains a consistently cool temperature year-round.
  • TWO SEASONS: Rather than having temperatures dictate which season it’s in, Quito measures seasons by precipitation.  The two seasons are “dry” (summer) and “wet” (winter).

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DID YOU KNOW?

Ecuador is the only country in South America which uses the U.S. Dollar as its national currency.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ecuador is named for the equator, which runs through the country.

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DATES & PRICES

SUMMER 2017

MAY: May 28 - June 17 or July 8 or July 29 or August 19 | JUNE: June 18 - July 8 or July 29 or August 19 | JULY: July 9 - July 29 or August 19

$2,690 - 1 month | $4,390 - 2 months | $5,890 - 3 months | $7,390 - 4 months

A LA CARTE ADD-ON: +$300 for Field Trip Package

APPLICATION DEADLINES: April 1, 2017 (May) | May 1, 2017 (June) |
June 1, 2017 (July)
3 credits per summer session | 4 sessions available (May, June, July, August)
Can combine any sessions
Homestays available for no additional charge
Add-on Field Trip available

FALL 2017

August 20 - November 11

$8,990

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
4-5 courses taken per semester
Can combine with another session before or after your semester, with a $300 discount per added session
Homestays available for no additional charge

JANUARY 2018

Early January - Late January

PRICE TBA

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2017
You will take 1 course
Can add on January program before Spring program and receive a $300 grant
Homestays available for no additional charge

SPRING 2018

Mid February - Early May

PRICE TBA

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2017
4-5 courses taken per semester
Can combine with another session before or after your semester, with a $300 discount per added session
Homestays available for no additional charge

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • TUITION YES
  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • EXCURSIONS+$300
  • AIRPORT PICKUP ARRANGEMENTYES
  • 24-HOUR EMERGENCY LINEYES
  • ONLINE ACCOUNT MANAGEMENTYES
  • HEALTH INSURANCEYES
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT FROM ACADEMIA LATINOAMERICANA DE ESPAÑOLYES
  • CONTRIBUTION TO CHARITYYES
  • MEALSYES
  • FLIGHT NOT

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TERMS

SEMESTER: Spring or Fall
SUMMER: 3 Weeks in May, June, July, August or combine terms
JANUARY: 3 Weeks in January

ELIGIBILITY

GPA: 2.8 or higher
GRADE LEVEL: Sophomore or higher

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