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I loved my experience. Ecuador was amazing. The classes and internship helped me realize that international affairs is a career I will find most rewarding. Everyone at KEI helped me come closer to achieving my future goals. Claudia (KEI Onsite Director) was wonderful, like a mom. She made me feel at home. If anything were to happen, I had someone to call for assistance.

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Academics: quarter & year

The academic curriculum offers courses, internships (professional, clinical, research) and community service. The academic year consists of Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. Students can enroll in up to 24 quarter (18 semester) credits per term. Most courses and internships are 4 quarter (3 semester) credits. Science courses with a laboratory are 5 quarter (4 semester) credits. Click on a course title to view the description and download syllabus.

Spanish language & Ecuadorian culture

The Ecuadorian Culture & Society and Spanish Language are offered at Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano (CEN). The Ecuadorian Culture & Society is required. At least one Spanish Language is also required (waived for students with advanced proficiency). Spanish language courses are taught intensively in one-month sessions. Students can enroll in up to three Spanish language courses at increasing levels of proficiency during the same Quarter.

SOC/HIS 204 Ecuadorian Culture & Society
SPN 101 Spanish Language (Elementary I)
SPN 102 Spanish Language (Elementary II)
SPN 201 Spanish Language (Intermediate I)
SPN 202 Spanish Language (Intermediate II)
SPN 301 Spanish Language (Advanced I)
SPN 302 Spanish Language (Advanced II)
SPN 303 Special Project for Spanish Conversation
SPN 400 Spanish for Business
SPN 401 Independent Study in Spanish (Art, History and/or Literature)

Elective courses (in English): medicine, science, business...

The following courses are offered at Instituto Tecnologico Bolivariano (ITB) in English and Spanish (with English tutoring and exams). Additional courses may be available. Contact KEI for more information. Course numbers starting with 0, 1 and 2 are considered beginner to intermediate level in the USA; those starting with 3 and 4 are intermediate to advanced; and courses srating with 5 and 6 are advanced level.

ENF 105 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Morphophysiology) I
ENF 106 Biochemistry
ENF 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Morphophysiology) II
ENF 203 Epidemiology
ENF 204 Microbiology and Parasitology
ENF 205 Nutrition
ENF 303 Pharmacology
ENF 305 Introduction to Pathophysiology
GER 307 Geriatric Health & Society
ENF 406 Mental Health and Psychiatry

ADE 208 Fundamentals of Marketing
ADE 305 Manangement and Business Processes
ADE 307 Microeconomics
ADE 406 Culture of Negotiation
ADE 408 Macroeconomics
ADE 409 Market Research
ADE 504 Financial Analysis
ADE 605 Finance
ADE 606 Sales Management
ADE 308 Consumer Behavior

ANS 206 Ecology and Environmental Education

Elective courses (in Spanish with English support): medicine, science, business...

The following courses are offered at Instituto Tecnologico Bolivariano (ITB) in Spanish with tutoring and exams available in English. These courses are ideal for students with intermediate or higher profieicny in Spanish language. Course numbers starting with 0, 1 and 2 are considered beginner to intermediate level in the USA; those starting with 3 and 4 are intermediate to advanced; and courses srating with 5 and 6 are advanced level.

ADE 101 Gerencia de servicios (Service Management)
ADE 201 Contabilidad General I (General Accounting I)
ADE 203 Contabilidad de Costos I (Cost Accounting I)
ADE 202 Introduccion a la Gestion Administrativa (Introduction to Administration Management)
ADE 206 Estadistica Administrativa II (Administrative Statistics II)
ADE 208 Fundamentos de Mercadeo (Fundamentals of Marketing)
ADE 209 Presupuesto (Budget)
ADE 211 Contabilidad General I (General Accounting II)
ADE 212 Contabilidad de Costos II (Cost Accounting II)
ADE 301 Principios de Legislacion Laboral y Mercatíl (Fundamentals of Marketing)
ADE 303 Gestion Empresarial y Recursos Humanos (Management and Human Resources)
ADE 305 Gestion y Procesos Empresariales (Manangement and Business Processes)
ADE 306 Diseno Empresarial (Business Design)
ADE 310 Etica Empresarial (Business Ethics)
ADE 311 Desarrollo del Talento Humano (Human Resource Development)
ADE 312 Comportamiento Profesional y Ambiental (Professional Behavior and Environment)
ADE 313 Analsis Geopolitico y Socioeconomico del Entorno (Geopolitical and Socioeconomic Environment Analysis)
ADE 403 Planificacion Estrategica (Strategic Planning)
ADE 406 Cultura de la Negociacion (Culture of Negotiation)

Internships & community service

Internships (for-credit) and community service (not-for-credit) allow students to learn from practical experience not attainable in a classroom setting. Internships require a commitment of 120-240 hours (3-6 credits). Service does not have a minimum requirement.

Placement is based on professional interests. Previous placements include Ecomundo Centro de Estudios, VHIDA (HIV Education & Assistance), ITB Clinic, Carino Foundation, Esperanza de Bastion Popular, Casa Hogar Guayaquil, Viviendas Hogar de Cristo, Parque Historico de Guayaquil, Emela TOUR, Ecuator & Tecnoviajes, Tlelerama TV, and ’Museo del Astillero (Soccer in Ecuador). Actual placement may be with a different organization. Positions are available in the following professional fields:

  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Wildlife
  • Medicine
  • Health Administration
  • Teaching English
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • International Relations
  • Hospitality
  • Environment
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Credit & transcripts

University This program is organized under the International Knowledge Center (IKC), a partnership between KEI, CEN and ITB. The IKC is situated on the campuses of CEN and ITB and managed by the KEI Onsite Director. Collectively there are more than 8,000 students studying at CEN and ITB.