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  • Locations: Ambato, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Pillaro, Ecuador; Puyo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: WKU applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Dates:

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Program Description:

Students will gain an appreciation for the FLSA Ecuador in fieldgeography and agriculture of Ecuador, the political, religious, and cultural issues that affect Ecuador and its relationship with the global community. Students are exposed to elements of the historical and contemporary dynamics of economic development, oil, politics, ethnic identity, and social and environmental concerns throughout the Andean Highlands and the Amazonian jungle. Students will start at the highest elevation in Quito, then work their way down toward the jungle. The program will spend time in Ambato, Pillaro, Banos, and Puyo, experiencing flower farms, the cattle market, leather town, the Equator, mountains, and rainforest.

Dr. Roger Dennis -
Prof. Jill Brown -


AGRI 475/675: Agriculture at the Equator (3 credit hours)
  • Students will compare the agriculture production issues from the Highlands of Ecuador to those of the Jungle. In particular, they will study flower production for the local and world markets, potato production, broccoli production, dairy and beef production.
  • Students will compare the infrastructure for agriculture production that exists in developing country to that existing in the USA today. Issues of disease control, trade and marketing, and public policy will be discussed.
  • Students will experience living in another culture and the challenges of international travel.
  • Students will observe the many diverse ecosystems that exist at the varying elevations the class traverses as we visit the highest point in Quito and proceed down to the lowest elevation in the rainforest near Puyo.
  • Students will adapt the knowledge from this experience to further their appreciation for the inter-relationships that exist amongst ecosystem, political entities, and businesses.
  • Students will interact with producers, scientists, businessmen, and government officials to gather information for their final reports.
GEOG 452: Applied Geoscience Experience - Geography at the Equator* (3 hours)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills related to the five main themes of geography at local, region, and global scales
  • Evaluate local systems, particularly the cultural and/or physical landscape, to understand their position and influence in the global context
  • Describe how geographic analysis and principles allow for a deeper understanding of the evolution of a place in an effort to better understand and predict future changes to the cultural and or physical landscapes of a location
  • Describe and analyze the relationship between the five themes of geography to evaluate how local practices can affect these themes on global and local scales
  • Compare the local physical landscape formation and change within its position in the global physical landscapes
  • Investigate how locations fit together, with surrounding locations, in an established mosaic understanding how they contribute and connect with the others
  • Observe the local ideology and or physical landscape of a place to draw comparisons of these observations to the learner’s sense of place
  • Describe the impact of globalization, particularly the movement of people, goods, and ideas, on the cultural and/or physical landscape
  • Understand how people make decisions in their local environment and how those decisions impact their connection to the larger global system
  • Analyze how global decision-making can impact smaller, local systems
*Counts in the Colonnade Connections: Local to Global category

Special note: The credit hours for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Spring or Fall Semester Faculty-Led Study Abroad will count as regular semester hours; therefore, students who are part-time, enrolled in over 18 credit hours, or graduate students are subject to additional charges.  Please visit the following website for more information:**

  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.Student in Ecuador - AG
  • Student must be in good academic standing. Undergraduate catalog -
  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses may apply. Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • Students must possess passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date.
  • Students must be free of active disciplinary sanctions as verified by the Office of Student Conduct.
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility.
  • Students must attend all pre-departure orientations.
  • Full payment prior to departure is required.
  • Students must complete the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course.  We suggest you start this application process immediately and respond to all emails promptly.
Equator Ecuador
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