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The program focuses on both Ecuador’s cultural richness and its environmental biodiversity. The country’s different traditions and ethnicities from the highlands, coastal regions and the Amazon will form part of the subject matter, as well as its ecosystems and endemic animal species in each zone.

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  • Introduction to Ecuador´s cultural diversity: our unique history and geography
  • “Mestizaje:” How to understand Cultural Diversity in today´s context
  • Ecuadorian people and nations: traditions of highlands, coastal and Amazon regions
  • Quito: world cultural heritage site


  • Introduction to Ecuadorian biogeography and ecology
  • Ecosystems and protected areas
  • Climate change and species conservation
  • Sustainable hospitality and tourism factors of local development in Ecuador

Classes on the UDLA campus are complemented with excursions to Quito’s Historic Center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best-preserved historic center in South America, and other places in Quito. One morning will be designated for bird watching in a nearby botanical garden.

Tourism outings around Quito are also planned.


The second part of the course comprises two trips outside Quito:


The University of the America’s School of Hospitality and Tourism and Office of International Programs are pleased to offer a new short course: Cultural Heritage and Biodiversity in Ecuador.

About the School of Hospitality and Tourism

The School of Hospitality and Tourism prepares its students for employment in management roles in both public and private organizations and for efficient, successful work on innovative projects in the hotel and tourism sector. The degree is based on combining theory with practice, and involves an international focus and decision-making based on business and entrepreneurial strategies.

The program allows students to develop their skills in the hospitality and tourism industry on a global level, while fostering a feeling of commitment with inclusive, sustainable development in Ecuador.

About UDLA

The Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) is a private university founded in 1994 and is located in the center-north area of Quito, Ecuador. It has four campuses in the city and a research farm less than two hours away. Students, professors and researchers from a wide variety of programs, including environmental engineering, biotechnology, tourism, architecture among others, can utilize these resources for research activities, training, community work, practicums and more.

UDLA offers its students over 40 different degree programs. With more than 16,000 students and 1,000 professors, each student has the opportunity to be immersed in university life and Ecuadorian culture.

Important Dates and Requirements

Programs dates: July 25 – August 6

This program is open to all majors and no academic prerequisites are required. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in Ecuador’s biodiversity and culture are encouraged to apply.

The course is in English.

Application deadline: April 30


Program cost: US$1,800*

The cost includes:

  • Program fee
  • Course materials
  • Accommodations with breakfast and dinner included
  • Lunch at the university and during excursions
  • Field trips in Quito
  • Tourism outings Quito
  • Three-day trip in the Andes
  • Four-day trip to the Amazon
  • Specialized bilingual guides
  • Transfer airport-Quito at specific times

Local students:        US $1500*

UDLA students:       US $1350

* we offer a discount for groups of 6 and more students

Optional: three weeks in the Spanish Language Program

Spanish Language Program cost: US$1500 (includes accommodation with a host family, breakfast, dinner, program fee, materials, airport transfer at specific times, field trips and tourism outings). You can find information about the complete 4-week course here.

Form of payment: Paypal


Wioleta Stocka

Short Course Coordinator

tel. (+593)(2) 3981000 Ext. 4010    

email:  wioleta.stocka@udla.edu.ec or programasinternacionales@udla.edu.ec