The Universidad Cato´lica de Santiago de Guayaquil is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning that has achieved high prestige in the surrounding community. It is located in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador with nearly three million inhabitants. Situated on the Guayas River and the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is known for its contagious informality, lively social life, and year-round tropical weather. The fall semester program in Guayaquil combines intensive language instruction (at all levels) with the study of Ecuadorian history and culture; students earn twelve to fifteen credits. During the summer, students can take one four-credit course over the one month program. Taught in six levels, Spanish instruction places heavy emphasis upon oral communication and uses an interactive methodology. CCIS students receive personalized attention in small classes ranging from two to eight students. Language acquisition and cultural immersion are further encouraged through placement in a homestay.
The Universidad Cato´lica Santiago de Guayaquil is located in the commercial, import-export hub of Ecuador. Cato´lica has an attractive campus and active student life, including numerous social and recreational facilities. The campus is served by public transportation.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
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