Summer 2019

Amazonian Ecuador is ethnically and linguistically diverse. In addition to Quichua, speakers of Shuar, Achuar, and Waorani are nearby for student interactions and collaborations. Important work on language documentation of Ecuador’s many understudied languages has begun, but much more work needs to be done. Graduate students are eligible for funding for the study of these languages through the United States Government (FLAS) Undergraduates may receive funds from the College of Humanities, up to $3000. Students will have opportunities to interact with prominent scholars from the U.S and Ecuador. When their program is completed, students will articulate a deeper understanding of their linguistic discipline by comparing and contrasting how it is understood and practiced in a foreign setting.

Hosted by – College of Humanities | Department of Linguistics



1 June – 20 July 2019



In Ecuador, students will be comfortably accommodated at the Andes and Amazon Field School, which is housed within the Centro Iyarina, near Tena, Ecuador. See



Dr. Janis Nuckolls is the Faculty Director of the program. Dr. Nuckolls is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at Brigham Young University and has been conducting research in Ecuador for over twenty years.  If you have questions about or interest in her work, you can communicate with her via email at

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Registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours during Summer Term, which may include:

FLANG 100R Language Study, Quichua (2 cr)

FLANG 305R Language Skills Development, Quichua (1 cr)

LING 551 Anthropological Linguistics (3 cr) completed during Spring Term

LING 580R  Independent Study (3 cr)

LING 590R Readings in Linguistics (3 cr)



Students may also arrange to receive BYU credit for other courses taught at the field school.




Includes LDS, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for grads and non-LDS), housing, three meals each day, in-country transportation, and international health insurance coverage.

Doesn’t include airfare or personal expenses. Students are also responsible for food and lodging during the one week break between sessions, as well as any travel they may wish to do in other parts of Ecuador during the break.




Students wishing to conduct linguistic fieldwork should have completed LING 201 before leaving for Ecuador.

Schedule & Time Commitment

Students should plan to be in Ecuador from 5 June until 29 July and refrain from scheduling late arrivals.


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

Program Adjustments

ISP reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.


Application Process

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Complete the online application at

The application requires a $25 fee. Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program.

Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.



International Study Programs 801-422-3686


Janis Nuckolls