Program Information
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Fall 2021: Quito, Ecuador, BHAN Internship
August 30, 2021 - November 21, 2021 (dates are tentative)

photo courtesy of Joachim Piprek
Program Notes
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Note: Though there is no Spanish proficiency prerequisite for this program, it is highly recommended that students have some knowledge of Spanish in order to facilitate their daily interactions. Placements may be limited for students with little or no oral proficiency in Spanish.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by IGS).
Program Description
Complete the requirements for your Health Behavior Science degree by earning nine credits of internship coursework in Quito, one of the highest-altitude capitals in the world. From lively indigenous festivals to lovely outdoor cafés in tranquil parks, Quito is a city of wonderful contrasts. It has a mixed history of ancient empires and colonialism. This history is visible in the ruins that dot the landscape and in the incredible Spanish-style churches and leafy plazas. UNESCO named the entire downtown a World Heritage site. Quito comprises several distinct neighborhoods. You'll love the historic downtown with its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and street vendors selling everything you can possibly imagine. Equally fun is the Mariscal Sucre, the heart of the traveler scene in Quito. It’s rife with international restaurants, travel agencies, and hostels, and has a very lively dance scene. In other neighborhoods, you can visit an incredible museum that pays tribute to Oswaldo Guayasamin (Quito’s favorite artist), independent cinemas, and bohemian enclaves. If music is your passion, you can tap your feet to live traditional Andean tunes, pulsating salsa, and cumbia. Lastly, you can get lost for hours in the local parks and craft markets set amidst colonial grandeur. Most importantly, it’s all easily accessible by bus, taxi, or foot. Volcanoes and the impressive Andes mountains surround Quito. Every day, you'll glimpse stunning views of the Pichincha Valley and the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi, an active volcano. During the 12-week internship semester students will also gain firsthand insight into one or more aspects of Ecuador's healthcare industry.

Internship: The University of Delaware partners with CISAbroad to offer this internship experience. Interns may be placed at a variety of health care facilities (for example public clinics or private hospitals), schools, NGOs, or community-based public health organizations in the greater Quito area. Students will typically work a full 8-hour day Monday through Friday and will be assigned a supervisor within the local organization who will provide periodic performance evaluations as required by UD. Senior BHAN students will work with the Chairperson of the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition via distance learning to earn nine credits for the BHAN 464 course, while local CISAbroad staff oversee the experience on site. For more information on the BHAN internship course and its requirements, and for tips on developing a resume, see the resources at the bottom of this page.

Note: Though there is no Spanish proficiency prerequisite for this program, it is highly recommended that students have some knowledge of Spanish in order to facilitate their daily interactions. Placements may be limited for students with little or no oral proficiency in Spanish.

Visa: U.S. citizens interning in Ecuador for less than 90 days do not require a visa. Students who elect to remain in Ecuador for more than 90 days for personal travel are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa on their own.

Accommodation: For most internship placements, and especially for those interns living in Quito, participants will live in a homestay with a local Ecuadorian family. Interns often describe the homestay as one of their favorite parts of the overall experience. Homestays allow you to fully immerse yourself in Ecuadorian culture, food, and the Spanish language. Interns in the placements outside of Quito usually live in communal bunkhouses with other international students or interns. Both of these housing options will provide program participants with breakfast and dinner daily, as well as wifi access.

The Program Fee includes international health insurance, homstay or communal housing (depending on placement location), one meal daily, internship placement and local oversight, airport pick-up service upon arrival, welcome and farewell dinners, and program-sponsored excursions and cultural activities.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to/from Quito or return transportation to the airport. The program officially begins when students arrive in Quito. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining and how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare. Students are also responsible for most meals and for local transportation costs to/from their internship placement.

The Institute for Global Studies cooperates with the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition on the administration of this program.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 9 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
PREREQ: KAAP 220 or KAAP 309 and all BHAN, HLPR and NTDT major requirements must be completed before BHAN464 (9 credit internship) hours can be initiated. RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
BHAN 464-071: Internship in Health Behavior Science (9 credits) pass/fail
Practical learning experiences in health promotion, wellness, and related areas of public health. Working in a content area related setting, students complete a pre-determined number of hours with faculty advisement throughout the semester.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
UNIV 373-038: Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador, BHAN Internship (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
The Quito BHAN internship, is designed for seniors in the Health Behavior Science major. A minimum 2.8 GPA is required, although candidates with slightly lower GPA’s may be considered if the rest of the application is strong and the candidate has shown improvement academically.

Though there is no Spanish proficiency prerequisite for this program, it is highly recommended that students have some knowledge of Spanish in order to facilitate their daily interactions. Placements may be limited for students with little or no oral proficiency in Spanish.”

By the application deadline students should send the following as pdf e-mail attachments to the faculty director:
  • current resume
  • personal statement indicating at least two specific areas of interest for the internship
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Fall Semester
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $800.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in early April.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early August.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$4,770.00$12,810.00
Estimated Program Fee$6,200.00$6,200.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$10,970.00$19,010.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$800.00$800.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onMarch 10, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMarch 21, 2021
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *early April
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly August
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Michael Peterson
Faculty Director
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
025 Carpenter Sports Building
File Downloads
resume building tool
interest meeting ppt
Health Behavior Sciences internship manual

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.