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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer (SCU course)
  • Budget Sheets: Summer (SCU course)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Travel Dates 
May 26 - June 10, 2019
*Final day in Ecuador is June 9.  The return flight is overnight for an arrival at MSP of June 10th.  

Quito, Ecuador (11 days, 11 nights)
Otavalo (day trip)
Yunguillas (Cloud Forest) (3 days, 2 nights)
Tena (Napo Province) (3 days, 2 nights)

Maximum Enrollment: 18
Early application is advised, as this course has an enrollment limit and may fill early.  A wait list is established when necessary.
Final Application Deadline 
December 16, 2018

Academic Overview
Building on Occupational Science Foundations, this course focuses on how systems, communities, and organizations influence health disparity and occupational participation. You will explore, through systematic observation, interview, and analysis the determinants of population based health and wellness, barriers and supports to occupational participation, and the concepts of occupational and social justice.  You will work alongside Ecuadorian therapists to learn about the experience of disability and therapy in Ecuador.  In addition, you will travel outside of Quito to learn about daily occupations in the rural areas and the jungle of Ecuador. 

All first year courses offered in the MAOT  program must be completed prior to departure.

NOTE: Due to the high altitude of Quito and the Highlands and extensive walking, it is important that students are in good physical condition.

Course Equivalency
OSOT 5020 Community Justice Ecuador, 3 credits  

Faculty Director:
KBarrett Dr. Kate Barrett

Program Cost

The cost of participation in this program is in three different parts:
1. Program Fee: Estimated $2700-$3000. This is the charge for travel; see below for inclusions/exclusions.  The final program fee will be calculated in April; every effort is made to ensure that the actual program cost falls within the range published here.
2. Global Studies Administrative Fee: $150
3. Tuition: Students will be charged for 1 credit of tuition at their program rate.  Students will receive 3 credits for the course.

There will be a $500 deposit, due at the time of application.  If a student is not accepted to the course, the deposit will be refunded to their St. Kate's student account. This deposit will be applied to the Program Fee at the time of billing.

Students will be registered for this course through the Office of Global Studies and will NOT need to register themselves through Kateway.  The bill for the Program Fee and the Administrative Fee will be included on the Spring Semester billing statement.

Included in the Program Fee
-International Airfare
-All ground transportation
-Some meals
-International Emergency, Medical & Trip Cancellation Insurance
-Carbon Emissions Off-set donation
-This MAY NOT Include a Baggage Fee. Check with the airline once you receive your flights.

Visas: U.S. citizens traveling to this location WILL NOT require a visa.  Citizens of countries other than the United States may have other entry requirements and could incur additional fees applying for and possibly picking up a visa.  Students who are citizens of a country other than the United States should contact their home Study Abroad office as soon as possible.

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories: The U.S. Department of State uses levels to indicate risk in travel to particular locations.  Please see the Department of State website for more information on the particular locations of this course.

U.S. Department of State STEP Enrollment: The U.S. Department of State has a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  St. Kate's encourages all travelers to ensure that they are enrolled before traveler.  Some students' home campus Study Abroad Office may enroll student travelers automatically.  Please see the STEP website for more information and to enroll.

Health and Travel: The Center for Disease Control issues travel vaccine recommendations by country.  Please see the CDC Traveler's Health website for more information on the particular locations of this course.  Please note that this course includes travel to an area with a risk of XXXXX.  Please plan to discuss this with a Medical Professional during your appointment to complete the Physician's Approval Form.  Also note that Zika is a concern in this area.  See the CDC website regarding the Zika virus.

Insurance Coverage: All participants in a St. Kate's J-Term program will be enrolled in an international emergency and medical insurance policy through CISI.  We will also include a trip cancellation policy that will cover cancellation in the event of a medical emergency and select other situations; please contact the Office of Global Studies if you have questions about either insurance policy.

Registration & Billing: Students will be registered for this course by the Office of Global Studies and should not attempt to register through Kateway.  The program fee will be finalized in early December; the Office of Global Studies does everything within their power to ensure that the course cost is within the estimated range.  Students will be billed for Global Studies Spring Embedded programs on their Spring Semester billing statement, typically sent out the first week in January, and bills will be due by the end of January.

Program Cancellation Policy

Once you accept a place in a study abroad course, the program provider makes travel arrangements for you, including expenses such as airfare and hotel accommodations. We must charge you for any non-refundable costs that the travel provider incurs for you. For example, once your name is on an airline ticket, you own that plane ticket. The refund will not be processed until after the term is completed.

Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing to the Office of Global Studies.
Until you receive a confirmation from Office of Global Studies that your cancellation has been processed, you will remain registered for the course and responsible for all program charges.

Students who would like to request a flight deviation from the group travel dates must send a written request to the Office of Global Studies no later than October 1 for J-term courses, December 1 for Spring courses and March 1 for Summer courses. Requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

The cancellation policy is as follows:
  • If you withdraw up to 100 days before departure, you will receive a full refund of your deposit. This date is February 14, 2019 for Summer 2019 participation.
  • If you withdraw 99-60 days before departure, you will forfeit the entire course deposit and any non-refundable costs that have been incurred on your behalf, including airline penalties.
  • If you withdraw less than 60 days before departure, any refund of the program fee is based on recoverable costs only (to be determined by the travel provider). Depending on the date of cancellation, you may be charged for the entire program cost.
  • If cancellation occurs 30 days or less before departure, there will be no refund. Students may be billed for the entire program cost, including the $150 administrative fee, even if their SCU student account has not yet been billed at the time of cancellation.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.