Amazonian Ecuador is ethnically and linguistically diverse. In addition to Quichua, speakers of Shuar, Achuar, and Waorani will be at the Field school for on-site instruction. Important work on language documentation of Ecuador’s many understudied languages has begun, but much more work needs to be done. 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 an international setting.
13 June–24 July 2021 (approx)
Students will be comfortably accommodated at the Andes and Amazon Field School, which is housed within the Centro Iyarina, near Tena, Ecuador. See http://www.andes-fieldschool.org/Andes_and_Amazon_Field_School/Home.html
Students must register for 6–9 credit hours during summer term from the listed courses. Anthropology students doing thesis research usually enroll for 6 credits of ANTHR 495R.
ANTHR 495R Ethnographic Field Project (6 credit hours)
FLANG 100R Language Study, Quichua (2 credit hours)
FLANG 101R First Year Quechua (3 credit hours)
FLANG 102R First Year Quechua (3 credit hours)
FLANG 201R Second Year Quechua (3 credit hours)
FLANG 202R Second Year Quechua (3 credit hours)
FLANG 305R Language Skills Development, Quichua (1 credit hour)
LING 551 Anthropological Linguistics (3 credit hours)*
LING 590R Readings in Linguistics (3 credit hours)
LING 580R Independent Research in Linguistics (3 credit hours)
*counts as elective credit for Linguistics majors
Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
Includes LDS, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non-LDS students), housing, three meals each day, in-country transportation, and international health insurance coverage.
Not Included: airfare or personal expenses. Students are also responsible for any travel they may wish to do in other parts of Ecuador during the break between the June and July sessions.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airfare reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent at:
Students wishing to conduct linguistic fieldwork are encouraged to complete at least one of the following courses before leaving for Ecuador: LING 110, 201, or ELANG 223. Anthropology students must have taken ANTHR 442.
All students who are accepted into the program are expected to register for IAS 201R: Ecuador Study Abroad Preparation (1 credit), class held during the second block of winter semester 2021. Part-time BYU and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee of approximately $315.
Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs. FLAS funding is available for graduate students and for undergraduate students who have had prior Quichua language experience (see kennedy.byu.edu/flas/). 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 and may be considered for other scholarships. They must indicate on their original online application that they want to be considered for financial aid. Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see kennedy.byu.edu/scholarships).
Students must be 18 years of age or older. Complete the online application at kennedy.byu.edu/apply. A non-refundable $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 2021 Payment Information document (see kennedy.byu.edu/ispforms/ISPpayments2021.pdf).
Deadline: 1 February 2021
Janis Nuckolls is the faculty director of the program. She is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University and has been conducting research in Ecuador for over twenty years.
SCHEDULE AND TIME COMMITMENT
Students should plan to be in Ecuador from 1 June until 20 July and refrain from scheduling late arrivals or early departures.
INTERESTED STUDENTS SHOULD CONTACT
International Study Programs
(801) 422 3448
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.