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 (we can conduct a video-conference interview in Spanish). 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.

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."


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. We have a maximum of 12 open spots per semester, and very often accept less due to community characteristics. 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 our requirements. 


Fall 2022 Application Deadlines

We will NOT be offering a Fall 2022 semester of Rehearsing Change. During the pandemic, over the last two years, we have accumulated many community projects and this pause in our semester-long programming will provide us with time we need to catch up on them while advancing some of our other programming. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you can defer to the Spring 2023 semester.

Spring 2023 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: Beginning of February to early May

Note: For our official partner schools, we will accept Spring 2023 students on a rolling basis throughout the year of 2022.

*Please check our COVID-19 Updates page in mid to late 2022 for updates on our 2023 programming



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 make a decision within 2 weeks after our application deadlines 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.