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Program Description:
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For those interested in...
Public Health Initiatives, Cultural Preservation, Economic Development, Leadership Training and the Environment
Knowing both the 10,000 foot theory and the on-the-ground reality
Working with local community organizations
Maximizing your time during spring break 
Receiving COLL 300 Credit

Taught by Professor David Trichler, Director of Programs and Outreach at W&M's Global Research Institute, the course will accompany local partners to better understand development theories in an academic setting, how these concepts might be practiced in the real world, and reflecting on some of the ethical choices and problems these situations present. No prior language / course requirements.  

Join the International Development: Theory and Field Study in Ecuador and Washington DC! This is a 3-credit spring course that includes a 1-week trip to Ecuador during spring break, as well as an optional trip to DC to meet with USAID and the World Bank. 

About Embedded Programs:
Embedded programs are 3-credit semester courses taken on campus at W&M with an international component integrated into the course. This program will have a 3 credit course that runs during the traditional spring semester. The international trip for this program is to take place during spring break. COLL300 is applied as an attribute to the course associated with the trip. Accepted students should register for the course during the normal spring registration window in October. This course will count towards students full time course load for the spring semester. Course must be taken for a grade. 

Area of Study:
International Development, Public Policy, Public Health Initiatives, Field Work

Course Information:
INRL 390 "International Development: Theory and Field Study in Ecuador and Washington DC" (3 credits)
Required Text: The World's Banker by Sebastian Mallaby; Mountains Beyond Mountains

Instructor Information:
David Trichler (

Program Location:
During the international trip students will visit Quito, the Imbabura Province based out of the Pucará community (located outside of Apuela), and Otavalo

Program Dates:
Program Director and students will travel together as a group during spring break 2022. 
Depart: March 12, 2022
Return: March 19, 2022

Important Dates:
Application Due: September 14, 2021
Deposit Due ($600): October 14, 2021
Program Balance Due: November 1, 2021
Flight Balance Due: January 15, 2022

Program Fees:
Program Cost: $1,950 program fee + flight cost* $1200 (estimated cost - actual cost to be set in December 2021).
Includes: round trip flights, all meals, accommodations, transportation, excursions, international health insurance.
For more information on the breakdown of program fees please visit our budget sheet here. 
*Due to the nature of the program, all students are required to fly together with the group and cannot purchase their own flights. 

Funding for this program is available based on financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. 
Students receiving a Pell Grant will receive at least $1,000 in funding, all students receiving any need-based financial aid will receive at least $600 in funding.

Please contact study abroad advisor Marina Knapp ( 

Embedded Handbook 2020 - 2021

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Short-Term/Uncoded 2022 09/14/2021 10/01/2021 03/12/2022 03/19/2022