Applicants: Click here for the online application.

Recommendations: Click here for online recommendation form.

How to Apply

To apply you need to take these steps:

  • Read the Guidelines for Participation document
  • You will be prompted to attest to your agreement with those guidelines as part of the online application
  • Complete the online application form by clicking the link above.
  • Ask two people to give you a recommendation for participation in this study abroad program that involves a teaching practicum and immersion experience.
  • Send us an unofficial transcript.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning in October. After we receive the information above, we will contact you for an individual interview.

Recommendations: You should ask two people to complete a recommendation to support your application to this study abroad program. The recommendation is available on the link on this page. Please send the link to your recommender and ask that they complete it. Your recommendations might be from a faculty member, work supervisor, or work colleague.

Transcript: The transcript can be unofficial. Please email an electronic copy to the program administration listed on the side of this page. Pennsylvania-certified-teachers should also send a photocopy of their Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate. Please note that teaching certification is NOT required for application to this program. The program is open to any individual interested in learning to teach English language learners.

Please read the Guidelines for Participation link above before you submit your application. You will need to electronically sign to confirm that you have read and agree with the guidelines as part of the online application.

Students or Teachers not at Penn State: In order to access the application, you will need a Penn State Web Access account. If you do not have an account, you may create a Friends of Penn State Account.

Once a student has been notified of acceptance, a $1000 nonrefundable deposit must be submitted in order to reserve a place in the program. This deposit is credited to the study abroad program fee. Space in the program cannot be guaranteed until the deposit has been submitted. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Smolcic. If you have any technical problems or problems with the application form, please fill out a Helpdesk Ticket at

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during Oct.-November of each year for the following year's program. Once your application materials are submitted, you will be contacted for an interview. We will accept students as they apply, saving some openings for later submissions. Participants will receive additional information about the program, course in the spring semester and travel to Ecuador during a group meeting in January.

Final application deadline:  December 8
College of Education scholarship application deadline: December 14
Acceptance notification: December 22
Final deadline for deposit: January 4

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