Quick Info

  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • :
  • : June 2, 2018 - July 27, 2018
  • : $7,500
  • : March 23, 2018
  • :

Academics

You will be required to take Quechua language and culture 1 in the June session and Quechua language and culture 2 in the July session.  The Andes and Amazon Field School provides 140 contact hours of Amazonian Quechua language instruction and meets the requirements for the FLAS fellowships established by the Department of Education. You will receive grades for the Quechua courses through the University of Pittsburgh and will be evaluated upon the completion of the course using testing instruments provided by the USDE.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Tod Swanson, Associate Professor, Arizona State University, PhD University of Chicago, is the on-site director for the Pitt in Ecuador program.  He is a specialist in Amazonian culture and environment.   His areas of research includes indigenous relations to plant and animal species and Kichwa linguistics. Swanson manages the 1300 acre Iyarina Forest Preserve as an ongoing experiment in sustaining of fragmented Amazonian forest. In 1999 Swanson founded the Andes and Amazon Field School in his wife's home community on the Napo River.
In 1999 Swanson founded the Andes and Amazon Field School in his wife's home community on the Napo River. Swanson's administrative experience includes having directed Arizona State University's Center for Latin American Studies as a Title VI National Resource Center from 1997-2007.  He has also held elected office as a councilman for environmental affairs for the Santu Urku Amazonian Kichwa Community. 

Housing

You will be staying in spacious rooms that look out on the river and forest. Double or triple occupancy. Bathrooms in room with abundant hot water. High quality mattresses for a good rest. You will sleep to the sound of frogs, the river, and heavy rain on the roof. Wake to the sound of birds.

Three meals per day are provided for you in a dining room with an expansive view of the Napo River. A single menu du jour is served family style to all guests. Recipes include a mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available. All meals are prepared with high standards of food safety.

Pricing And Dates


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In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$7,500 $7,500
Arrive in Quito Depart Quito
June 2, 2018 July 27, 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • All meals while at the Field Station
  • Health Insurance
  • Course site visits

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Flights
  • Vaccinations (~$200)
  • Housing and food during break (one week between June and July session)
  • Additional personal expenses

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

FLAS Fellowship program only.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.