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SASS Ecuador: Health, Human & Social Development in Rural and Urban Ecuador (SASS 375A/575)
Chota, Ecuador; Iyarina Rainforest, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Oyacachi, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 1 2017-2018 09/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship:
Program Purpose:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences Program Advisor: Valerie Rambin, MSASS (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $200
Total Program Cost:
$3,995 Included in Program Cost: Flights, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance, Most Meals
Not Included in Program Costs: Some Meals, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Description:
MSASS Ecuador

Health, Human and Social Development in Rural and Urban Ecuador (SASS 375A/575)                                                                                                                       

Travel Dates: January 1-15, 2017
Seminars: Sept 24, Nov 5, and Jan 28 (Saturdays)
Faculty: Mark Chupp, Assistant Professor ( and Sonia Minnes, Associate Professor (

*Please note:  Although the application deadline for this program is September 1, it often fills up before the deadline.  Therefore, to reserve your spot, it's important that you complete your application (including payment of the $200 deposit) as early as possible. **Please note: no deposits will be accepted between June 9-July 5.

Approved for:
  • Global and Cultural Diversity credit
  • Social Science credit for Engineering students
  • Social Work Minor, or take as
  • Elective course credit

This 3-credit course to Quito, the Amazon Basin, and rural highlands of Ecuador will acquaint students with the history and culture of Ecuador, its social, political, and economic development, and the impact it has on human development and the delivery of human services. Ecuador’s historical and current relationship with the United States will also be explored. This course provides an integrated approach to the study of multicultural issues related to policies and services that center around human and community development and healthcare in Ecuador. 

Through visits in urban and rural Ecuador, students will be exposed to knowledge of the country’s history, biodiversity, environment, politics, economic system, social and health services, and the rich diversity of the people. Students will visit programs in health and traditional medicine, environmental issues, education, and child welfare. A unique way of understanding the cultural diversity will be through home stays in small groups with Quichua indigenous families, a highlight for past students. The course also includes several days in the Amazon rainforest where students will explore a different Ecuadorian lifestyle influenced by the indigenous people, flora and fauna and traditional medicine. Some site visits include (subject to change):

This course is designed for students and professionals who are interested in developing an international perspective in social work and related health and community development fields. It will expose students to various intervention models within a cultural context and provide opportunities for cross-cultural comparison.

Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, International Education Programs Manager or Dr. Mark Chupp (, Director of International Education Programs for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs.

Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid Eligibility and procedure for travel costs.
MSASS Ecuador