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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program OverviewCarpe Diem SAmerica Ecuador

Studying abroad in South America includes the opportunity to scale mountains, work on meaningful construction projects, and experience unparalleled beauty of Ecuador, Peru. Ecuador offers the colonial city of Quito and the beautiful cloud forest in the Andes where there is plenty of fun and adventure to be had. Peru's highlands offer unique geological exploration around the El Misti volcano, spectacular Lake Titicaca and the floating islands, rafting in the rapids of the magnificent Colca Canyon, and a trek through the remote villages of the Sacred Valley to the phenomenal ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. 

Program Details

This program is ideal for Freshman- and Sophomore-level students looking to gain international experience in South America. Volunteer service in various locations throughout Ecuador and Peru provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a part of the world that is rich with history and tradition. Teaching English or computer skills are likely to be one of the many types of volunteering that takes place. Other types of volunteer activities include village construction projects, reforestation efforts, learning and teaching sustainable/low impact farming techniques and alternative energy sources, maintaining botanical gardens, monitoring and researching wildlife, and learning the importance of ecotourism and fair trade.

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Program Provider Carpe Diem
Program Dates View the Current Carpe Diem Calendar
Areas of Study
  • Community Development
  • World Languages
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Social Science
Credits Students enroll in up to 18 semester credits (27 Quarter credits)
Capstone Option No
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Other, arranged by provider
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the Carpe Diem Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 
Carpe Diem Program Fee Includes the Following:
  • Tuition
  • Excursions
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Pre-departure and on-site support