Ecuador is bursting at the seams with ecological activities, Ecuadorian culture, ancient history and quintessential beauty that will make quite the impression on any student's abroad experience. Known for its environmental diversity, Ecuador is split into four regions: the South American coast, the Andes Mountains, the Amazon jungle and the island region, which includes the birthplace of Darwin's Theory of Evolution, the Galapagos Islands. Unique wildlife, archaeological sites and adventure awaits any student interested in expanding their international expertise by studying in Ecuador.
The indigenous population of Ecuador is associated with the Incan civilization, whose establishment resulted in a great deal of modernization, expansion and agricultural advancements in the 15th and 16th centuries. The coming of the Spaniards during the 16th century introduced new customs and stylistic architecture, along with the introduction of Roman Catholicism, Educador's primary religion. Ecuador experienced waves of political instability after gaining independence from Spain in 1822, and ultimately evolved into a presidential democracy when the country's first president, Jaime Roldós Aguilera, was elected in 1979. It has remained a presidential democracy since.
The landscape is home to a number of national parks and wildlife reserves, making the country a great place to study biology, ecology, zoology, or any of the environmental sciences. Students might also be interested in studying related courses in economics, business, art and architecture, political science, geography, medicine, or archaeology (not all courses may be offered—please refer to your program description for specific course offerings). Culture is quite diverse in Ecuador, making it fantastic for cultural studies as well. Dancers in flowing colorful skirts, musicians and ethnic cuisine can be found at any of the numerous festivals that take place annually. Lively sporting events, especially soccer (known as ""futbol""), can be cause for celebration amongst locals, as a great sense of pride is invested in Ecuadoran teams.
Home to archaeological sites, metropolitan cities, natural reserves, museums, regional theatres, eco–tours, beaches, hot springs, and the highest active volcano in the world (Cotopaxi), there is always something for visiting students to see and do!