Passport Travel Study Program
Printer-friendly version

Ecuador: Culture, Communication & Sustainability
June 15–July 19, 2019

Faculty: Professor Tom Grothe [ Bio ]

Academic Credit: Earn 6 units of academic credit. [ Courses ]

About the Program

This program is a partnership with Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), the first private university of Ecuador. Chico State and USFQ faculty will lead classes in art & culture and intercultural communication. While living with host families in Ecuador, students will develop an even deeper understanding of communication context and style.

Trips & Excursions

In addition to class studies, students will participate in guided tours of:

Quito’s Historic Center • Middle of the World • Capilla del Hombre, Guayasamin Museum • Otavalo • Quilotoa Lake • Salasaca Community


Total Program Fees: $5,100
Includes program fees, course fees, foreign travel insurance, TREK fee, and room & board. *If the program cancels due to low enrollment you will receive a full refund.

• Program Fees: $3,850. Includes homestay lodging, most meals and all program excursions.
• Academic Course Fees: $1,080 (3 units x $300/unit and 3 units x $60/unit)
• Foreign travel insurance $140; paid directly into your account through the Student Center
• TREK Administrative Fee: $30; paid directly into your account through the Student Center.

Additional Estimated Expenses:

• Estimated airfare: $1,000
• Estimated personal expenses/incidentals: $250 (extra meals, laundry, entertainment or shopping)
Unexpected and urgent expenses may arise while abroad.

Academic Credit

This program offers six units of academic credit, allowing you to make progress toward your degree. Once your final fee payment has been made, Regional & Continuing Education will enroll you in the following classes:

• CMST 398: Special Topics—Cross-Cultural Communication and Sustainability

• LAST 489: Intercultural Experiential Learning

Program Faculty

Professor Tom GrotheProfessor Tom Grothe (Communication Studies, CSU, Chico) has, for the past two summers, co-directed a faculty-led study abroad program in Costa Rica. He has also been a visiting professor, teaching American study abroad students in the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) program in Chengdu, China; Alicante, Spain; Reggio Emilia, Italy; and Madrid, Spain. His content area of study is Intercultural Communication. Contact: