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Program Description:
CEDEI Semester in the Andes
The Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) is a not-for-profit institution of higher learning dedicated to the study of American languages and culture. The main CEDEI center is situated in Cuenca, in the beautiful colonial heart of the city, blocks away from the central plaza, Parque Calderon. Now home to more than 300,000 people, Modern Cuenca was founded in 1557 upon the site of the Inca city of Tomebamba. The city works to preserve its pre-Columbian as well as its Spanish heritage. Ecuador's predominant culture is defined by its mestizo majority and, like their ancestry, is a mixture of European and Amerindian influences infused with African elements inherited from slave ancestors.
 Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January to early May

CEDEI offers Spanish language courses at all levels as well as content courses in English and Spanish. The semester is divided into two terms with 3 courses each for a maximum of 18 credits for the semester. The first term focuses mainly on language and cultural development. During the second term, you have the option of doing an internship or service learning project. You should have at least basic level Spanish for the internship option. Courses are offered in many disciplines including business, environmental studies, health education, journalism, literature, political science, Quechua (an indigenous Andean language), Spanish and sociology. The program also includes study tours to the Galapagos Islands and Peru. Grades from CEDEI will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

You will live in an Ecuadorian homestay during the program. You will have your own room, laundry service and three meals a day, included in the program fee.

Students must obtain a student visa prior to departing for Ecuador.  CEDEI will provide the necessary documents for the visa applicaiton process.

Program Costs
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work-study. You will also be charged a program fee which includes pre-departure meeting, orientation abroad, room and board, (required) traveling study tours and International student ID card. For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
CEDEI Andes Budget 2017-2018.pdf.

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and the CEDEI applications.

Syracuse Abroad
  • Complete the CEDEI application. Check the CEDEI website for the application deadline. Please be aware that it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date.
  • Follow CEDEI instructions for supplemental documentation and language proficiency exams.
CEDEI: Spring Semester in the Andes

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/01/2018 08/01/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.