- Quito, Ecuador
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
Students selecting Quito as their study abroad destination will complete their coursework at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). The USFQ is a private institution that began its operations in 1988, was recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education in 1995 and formally accredited in 2001. It was recently ranked as the #1 university in Ecuador by the QS Latin American University rankings. USFQ has a strong tradition of welcoming American students to its campus in Cumbayá, the valley immediately outside of Quito. The university’s first international agreements date back to the early 1990s, and the university now manages over 100 agreements with academic institutions around the world and enrolls over 7,000 degree-seeking students.
At USFQ, students benefit from a campus that is reminiscent of a small liberal arts campus in the United States. Its colorful buildings provide a charming and picturesque setting and its extensive library provides the perfect plan to conduct research or meet up with other students to study. Courses are offered with timetables similar to those in the U.S. and meet for 2-3 sessions per week. All courses are the equivalent of 3 U.S. semester credits, with the exception of any physical education courses which do not carry academic credit for visiting students.
Students selecting the Integrated Liberal Arts Program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) may complete a Spanish language course in combination with 1-2 electives with local students. Students can choose courses from a number of departments at USFQ, including Business and Economics; Hospitality, Culinary Art and Tourism; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanities; Science and Engineering and Communication and Contemporary Art. All courses are the equivalent of 3 U.S. semester credits.
Students who do not wish to complete language study may select an additional elective course in lieu of Spanish. The majority of electives taught in the summer are available only in Spanish; coursework in English is very limited during the summer.
- Setting Description:
- Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, is nestled in the Andes Mountains and is approximately two miles above sea level. Its population of nearly two million makes it the second largest city in the country. Prior to the arrival of the Incas in the 1400s, Quito was occupied by other indigenous groups. Following the fall of the Incas to the invading Spanish conquistadores in the 1500s, Catholic sects built elaborate churches and convents. Quito became a center of colonial administration and art. The city’s historic center was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978 and it is known for being one of the largest and most well preserved colonial areas in the Americas. Students can study this beautiful city and get to know the “serranos” or “Quiteños,” as residents of Quito are called, while enjoying a temperate climate with just two seasons (dry and rainy).
- Pre-departure, On-site, and Re-entry services included, such as advising and online resources, airport reception, resident directors, housing, tuition, tutoring, medical & life insurance, excursions, social & cultural activities, alumni network, and more!
Additional Program Information
- *Minimum 2.5 G.P.A. *Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors *Open to students who have completed a minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
- Scholarships Description:
- API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.
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