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Application Requirements

While we do set standards for admission, we are flexible to accommodate for unique individuals.  We understand that GPA or number of university-level Spanish courses taken does not tell someone's whole story. Our goal is to form diverse cohorts of exceptional and passionate individuals. 


  • Four semesters of college Spanish, or equivalency*. You can also apply with three semesters of college-level Spanish if you commit to participating in our pre-semester course, "Ecuador: Language, Culture and Justice." For us, the most important skills are speaking and listening.

  • Completion of relevant coursework, such as, but not limited to: International Studies, Sustainability Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Fine and Performing Arts, Education Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Peace and Conflict Studies, etc.

  • Willingness to live and work outside of your comfort zone

  • Demonstrated interest in Social Justice, Community-Based Education, Experiential Learning, and Decolonial Education.

  • 2 to 3 letters of recommendation

  • Digital or scanned copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

  • GPA? - Because rating students by grades can be discriminatory and uphold systems of oppression, we no longer have a GPA requirement for our programming.

  • Virtual Interview with a Rehearsing Change staff member. (Starting with applications for our Spring 2024 semester, all applicants will be asked to participate in a 45-minute to one-hour interview.)

* Spanish equivalency may be extensive coursework outside of college, extended time living in a Spanish-speaking country, in-depth volunteering with Spanish-speaking populations, etc. (We can also conduct a video-conference interview in Spanish.)

Our students tend to be those who say, “I want to make a difference.  I want to be part of something bigger,” yet are not sure how to do it, or don’t yet have the experience to go out and “change the world.” 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Although we use the Arts as a predominant methodology, no experience is required. The vast majority of our students are not arts majors or minors. As one of our mentors (Augusto Boal) always says, "Anyone can act...even actors."

How to Apply

Applying for Rehearsing Change is not that hard, but it will take a bit of time. If you should have any questions during the process, please do not hesitate to send us an email or request that we call you. Of course, you can always call or WhatsApp us. 

Email:  Phone: +593-98-558-7581

Before you begin, please know that we cannot accept everyone who applies. Depending on the semester and community partners, we usually cannot accept more than 12 students, and sometimes accept less. That being said, since our work requires a dynamic cohort of students, we treat our applicants with a personal touch and give every one of you our serious consideration. We are even willing to make exceptions for those who fall short of certain requirements. 

Fall 2023 Application Deadlines

Early Admission: March 15

Regular Admission (if spots are still available): April 15

Late applicants (if spots are still available): May 15. 

Spring Calendar: Last days of August to second week of December (with an optional pre-semester course starting mid-August)

Spring 2024 Application Deadlines

Early Admission: September 15

Regular Admission (if spots are still available): October 15

Late applicants (if spots are still available): Nov 15. 

Spring Calendar: Last days of January to second week of May (with an optional pre-semester course starting mid-January)

Starting with the Fall 2023 application cycle, we will no longer accept students on a rolling basis. We will communicate with all applicants approximately 2 weeks after each application deadline.

Note for Spring applicants: we typically receive more applications for Spring semesters than we do for the fall, resulting in a more competitive acceptance rate.

*Payment, Cancellation and Refund policy




Download the application by clicking the button below. Read through it very carefully and make sure that you understand all that is entailed by committing to a semester of Rehearsing Change.


Consult with your study abroad advisors to assure that you understand how credit will be transferred, payment is arranged, etc.


Fill out the required application pages, write your essay, and request letters of recommendation. 


Send us all materials via email. You should receive a confirmation email within 3 days of sending it to us.


Rehearsing Change will schedule an interview with each candidate in the two weeks following the application deadline, and then make a decision within 2 weeks to let you know if you are accepted.


If you decide to join us for the semester, we will ask for a written confirmation to guarantee your spot in the cohort.  

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