International Studies: Cuenca, Ecuador
Summer Semester in Cuenca, Ecuador
The University of Cuenca is located in Cuenca, Ecuador. The University has about 15,000 students. Since 1991, an exchange program has existed between St. Andrews Presbyterian College and the University of Cuenca. The Cuenca, Ecuador program is typically a six to seven week program that begins in early May and extends in June. Students take language and culture classes in the morning for two and a half hours. After class, students are invited to participate in sports with the University of Cuenca physical education students and they are invited to engage in activities with Cuenca’s English students.
The city of Cuenca is full of daytime and nighttime places of interest. Cuenca is noted for location around four rivers, its colonial architecture, its numerous historic churches and cathedrals, its night life along Calle Larga and Calderon Park. During the month of June, Cuencans celebrate the festival of Corpus Cristi, during which the central streets are lined with chocolate and confection stands by day, and during night time, the local begin burning elaborate fire towers and releases fire balloons.
On weekends, students may take guided trips to see the lagoons and trails of Cajas Park, 13,000 feet high in the Andes, to visit the Inca and Canari ruins of Ingapirca, to hike the trail to the waterfall, Chorro al Giron, to ride horses at stables around Cuenca or in the picturesque town of Vilcabamba.
The Brochure for the 2014 trip to Cuenca is located here.
If you are interested in the Cuenca program, please contact Jeff Birdsong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from past trips
Parque Cajas Chorro al Giron
Ingapirca Corpus Cristi
Rio Tomebamba, Universidad Vilcabamba Corpus Cristi