• Ecuador
    • Quito
Fall, Spring
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
You will need to check with your college or university for exact costs. However, in most cases, if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Ecuador will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!
Cost Includes: Trip to the Galápagos Islands, Trip to the Amazon Jungle, Homestay with an Ecuadorian Family, Cultural Experiences, All In-Country Food during program events (about 50%), Lodging, and Transportation, Internship Experience (for credit option)
Does Not Include: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Immunization, Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals SIM cards Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Jul 28, 2023
May 03, 2024
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About Program

Based in Quito, Ecudor, this semester program offers students the opportunity to experience a variety of new cultures, gain a global perspective, and participate in the joys and challenges of serving God in a cross-cultural setting. Students will earn college credit, and intern in a field related to their studies. During the semester you'll live in Christian community, participate in homestays for four weeks, engage in a local internship or service learning project, and go on many amazing multi-day excursions to the Amazon Jungle, the Galápagos Islands, and more!

Our program is designed for students to engage in the culture and community. This is done through local internships, shopping and making meals together, weekly chapel, and abstaining from alcohol in order to show respect for the primarily catholic culture, all this is to create an environment that focuses on personal well-being & development.

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Program Highlights

  • Christian Community
  • 12-18 college credit courses
  • One Month Homestay
  • Discipline-specific internship
  • Excursions to the Amazon Jungle, Galápagos Islands, and more.

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Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.35
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.8
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Best Fourth Months of My Life

My time with Living and Learning International was probably one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I learned so much about myself and the world that we live in. I could never have imagined that I would get to experience something like this in my life, but I am so grateful I have. Living and Learning does a great job making the cohort feel like a little family, and we all did so much together to help strengthen our bonds. From the classes that were small enough that we each got the chance to voice our thoughts and really learn, to all of the excursions we went on together. I made some of my best friends from Living and Learning and had some of the most incredible experiences of my life.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Probably swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands
  • Great Community
  • So much learning
  • None
9 people found this review helpful.
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The best semester of my college career

This semester abroad was the most influential experience thus far in my college career. The people, culture, Christian community, language immersion, and internship are just few of ways that this program impacted me. Living and Learning creates a safe environment for students who want to grow spiritually, be immersed, and adventure in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador and the staff here cared about me and my cohort by loving us, pouring into us, and spending time with us. Not every day living in a foreign country is filled with easy things, but this community supported me every step of the way. With the safety of this beautiful community, I was able to push myself to climb actual volcanoes and spend the four months working on my language acquisition in a homestay. Living and Learning also has students complete an internship opportunity where I was able to use my major in real world application. I am studying Spanish education and LLI made it possible for me to have my first class before I have even graduate college. This internship was the best part of my semester, and I will cherish this experience forever. Living and Learning has everything from community, to academics, to a new adventure around every corner.

  • Christin Community
  • A ton of travel opportunities
  • Language and culture immersion
  • Its only for four months
11 people found this review helpful.
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Studying abroad in Ecuador

My semester abroad with Living and Learning was such an incredible and unforgettable experience. This semester immersed me in the culture and language of Ecuador. The classes, professors, and staff members encouraged me to go deeper into my Spanish studies, press deeper into my relationships with peers and my host family, and grow a stronger relationship with the Lord. The community within the program was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I felt so loved and supported as I experienced a semester that was full of newness and challenges. Having a supportive community made my semester the unforgettable experience that it was. Being able to study in an immersive environment and go on crazy trips like to the Galapagos is so cool, but creating long-lasting friendships with your peers as well as staff members creates a unique and sustaining environment where you can flourish on your study abroad.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
One of the most unfamiliar things I ate was a guinea pig. This is a classic Ecuadorian meal and the program gives you the chance to try this delicacy on your first night with everyone! What a bonding moment!! (In all seriousness, I recommend the leg:)
  • Strong Community
  • Language Experience
  • Cool views and experiences
  • Homesickness, but you will experience this anywhere:)
14 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible Program!

I was a student in Ecuador a few semesters ago and it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The staff with L&LI is so supportive and some of the greatest people I have ever met. A great thing about this program is that there are so many trips built right into the schedule, and I was able to see so much of Ecuador and really feel immersed in all the culture and environments. The focus on Christian community is also just amazing. I really learned so much about my self and about the Lord through this program in ways that I never could have imagined.

12 people found this review helpful.
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Living & Learning - A Unique Experience

I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone interested in studying abroad! The staff at Living & Learning does a great job of helping you grow from your experiences and make sure you feel cared for. And if you are on the Spanish track, you will live with an Ecuadorian family the whole semester, which is an amazing opportunity to be fully immersed in the culture! During the semester, you will take classes (almost completely taught by Ecuadorians), explore the city of Quito and its Historic Center, hike volcanoes, go to the jungle and eat grubs, and visit places like the Galapagos Islands and Baños! You will truly experience the richness of what it's like to live in a foreign culture. In traveling abroad, I expected to immerse myself and learn about the culture, but something that exceeded my expectations was the second family I got from the close relationships I made during my time there, from my homestay and other students. I think it's community focus is one thing that sets Living & Learning apart.

  • Christ-centered supportive community
  • Lots of fun adventures
  • Professors who challenge you academically and personally
  • Culture shock (can be expected in any foreign culture and the staff prepares you for it)
  • Returning home is the hardest part
13 people found this review helpful.
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A Unique Supportive Community

Living and Learning in Ecuador is truly a unique program because they crafted every aspect themselves. Unlike lots of programs that partner with local universities, L&L offers their own set of courses through a Christian worldview. It does have cons since the courses you can take are limited, but the courses offered are worth taking. In comparison to peers I have spoke with who have studied abroad, L&L courses make the transition of living abroad much easier because classes are set up in a similar way to the United States. There are also great opportunities for internships for just about any major.

You will face culture shock as you would in any program, but it is nice that there are consistencies with home. Along with courses that are like home, you will also be in a cohort of 30 or more students that are experiencing the same thing as you in many ways. Community is important for L&L, and they made sure to create opportunities for safe spaces to talk to peers or staff. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone often, but you will know that you have a loving community around you to support you.

Living and Learning also does a great job of planning trips throughout the semester and at the end of the semester that allow you to experience more of the country. Before arriving in Ecuador, I did not know that there would be so many weekend trips that would allow me to experience sights that I had saw in videos and hoped I would have time to see. The two big trips at your last 2 and a half weeks are also amazing!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment had to be canyoning down a series of waterfalls in Baños! It was a difficult hike up and scary to climb down the waterfalls. I was accomplished after one but had to go down 6 more. At one point I lost my shoe. However, I just kept going with the support of my friend. At the end was a satisfying pool of water to swim in.
  • Small supportive Christian community
  • Easy transition to coursework and great opportunities for internships
  • Lots of included trips
  • Lots of meals are not provided (however know that Ecuador is cheaper than the US)
  • Though there are lots of opportunities for travel, students are not allowed to leave the city on their own
  • There is temptation to stay in your L&L bubble (Be intentional about making friends with Ecuadorians)
28 people found this review helpful.
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L&LI Ecuador - Fall Semester

I’m so glad I chose to study abroad with Living and Learning International. I was able to be a part of a great community while exploring a new country. The staff was so supportive and I was able to grow in my cultural awareness as well as spiritually because of them. I had such a fun experience and am glad I was able to experience it with the people I did. I was given opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do. I am changed for the better because of this experience and would definitely recommend it to those looking to study abroad.

  • Language immersion
  • Weekend excursions
  • Great community + staff
  • Possible culture shock
  • Busy schedule
51 people found this review helpful.
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Living and Learning Ecuador

The staff members were incredibly encouraging, supportive, and caring. They gave us their undivided attention, and listened attentively to our struggles and needs. It is a small community in which everyone knows everyone and grows together. Leaving home can bring trials, but it is worth it. Students should be prepared to cook their own meals or pay to eat out. This program suits all kinds of students, especially those who wish to experience other cultures, travel internationally, or learn a new language.

  • Developing cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Langauge immersion
  • Tight-knit community abroad of like-minded people
  • Potential homesickness
  • Leaving and re-entering friend groups
  • Potential illness due to exposure to new foods
57 people found this review helpful.

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