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Global Health: Ecuador

Dates: 4 weeks during Spring Term starting May 4
Priority Deadline: 1 December 2023
Application Deadline: 1 February 2024


In partnership with Child and Family Health International (CFHI), students can elect a global health internship experience in Ecuador. The program is based in Quito, where students have the opportunity to live with a homestay family. The duration of the program is four weeks.

There are two options. Option 1 is for those who already have a foundation in Spanish. They will spend their time in hospitals and clinics and experience firsthand the health challenges in clinical settings that impact Ecuador's rural and urban populations. Students will become immersed in Ecuadorian culture and language while living with local families and will participate in Spanish language classes with an emphasis on medical Spanish.

Option 2 is for those who lack a foundation in Spanish. The first two weeks comprise intensive Spanish instruction and participation with a local NGO to learn the cultural and social context of Quito. For the next two weeks, students are placed in clinical rotations at hospitals or community-level clinics. Students gain confidence communicating in Spanish within social and professional settings and an understanding of healthcare systems and how Ecuadorians access these services. This program provides a unique combination of a homestay experience, participation in excellent Spanish language classes, and experiences interacting with locals and professionals. This combination will boost your ability to speak Spanish proficiently in lay and medical settings, your understanding of Ecuadorian culture, and your understanding of health care and global health.

On weekends, students can take optional excursion trips that have been previously approved by the Kennedy Center and arranged through our local partner (Latino Schools). You can learn more at and

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Randy Page
2030 LSB
(801) 422-1131


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students in the program during summer term are required to take a minimum of 6 credits from this list of courses:

IAS 399
HLTH 403
HLTH 481
HLTH 492
HLTH 491
HLTH 199

Students may be interested in investigating the local culture by taking IAS 380 Cultural Proofs for 1–3 credit hours. This self-guided course allows students to do independent intercultural research, interview locals, and experience local culture.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition for 6 credits (increased cost for graduate and non-Latter-day Saint students), international health insurance coverage, homestay, two meals a day, airport pickup, transportation to program activities, orientation, placement and coordination of clinical/public health activities, and on-site coordination and support.

Does not include international airfare, preparation course tuition, passport, visa(s), immunizations, personal expenses, some meals, cell phones/international data, or personal excursions. Students should be prepared to cover local transportation expenses from their homestay to hospitals and clinics. Cost does not include optional travel.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 369R, 1 credit hour) during the second block of the winter 2024 semester.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Housing will be in a homestay arranged by CFHI, where two meals will be provided daily.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

After acceptance by BYU, students must complete the CFHI application, be accepted by CFHI, and complete CFHI pre-departure requirements.

Priority Deadline: 1 December 2023
Application Deadline: 1 February 2024

Application will remain open until program is filled.
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Randy M Page, Director of the Global Health Internship Program and Professor of Public Health, is the faculty director for the program.
2030 LSB
(801) 422-1131

Tana Page, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Public Health, will be the Assistant Director.
2148 LSB
(801) 422-3386
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.