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Semester in Ecuador is located at the gorgeous Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). Its courses in Spanish as a second language are excellent. Having an intermediate or high level of Spanish is required, so we do recommend that you have at least 2 y
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

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Program Description:
Come live 9,000 feet above sea level in this high-altitude haven for all things fun: markets, mountains, and culture in the city, and beaches, jungles, and crater lakes all nearby. While you study abroad in Ecuador you will study at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a top-notch university, and improve your Spanish through both language and elective courses taught in Spanish. You will experience: Study Spanish in Ecuador – The University’s broad range of courses mirrors Ecuador’s inspiring ethnic and natural diversity, from anthropology to cultural studies to volcanology. Lush US-style campus – Universidad San Francisco de Quito’s beautiful campus has all the luxuries typical of home: a world-class library, wireless access, classrooms, restaurants, and sports fields. Amazing sites in Ecuador – This geographically small country is packed with adventure activities and opportunities for cultural exploration, and it boasts amazing biodiversity from the Amazonian jungle to nearby Galapagos Islands. Life with local and international students – The University is known for its regional diversity within Ecuador, so you can meet fellow international students from the Ecuadorean mountains, coastal areas, and cities, as well as from Europe, Asia, and the United States. A fascinating, historic city – Quito’s entire downtown, with its fascinating blend of old and new, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so it’s hard to go wrong when exploring when you study abroad in Ecuador!

Semester in Ecuador is located at the gorgeous Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). Its courses in Spanish as a second language are excellent. Having an intermediate or high level of Spanish is required, so we do recommend that you have at least 2 years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent in practice before coming. An online Spanish placement exam will help you register for courses in the College of Liberal Arts, the Spanish Department, or Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras. USFQ also boasts strong programs in biology and environmental science, liberal arts, arts and communication, marketing, international relations, business, and hospitality and tourism. Courses include anthropology, cultural studies, Spanish, volcanology, culinary arts, and studio arts. Most courses are taught in Spanish.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Ecuador then check out our Semester in Ecuador program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique. Visit volcanoes, beaches, waterfalls, rain forest, mountain villages, market towns, and more! Enjoy a 4-day included Amazon trip to the Tiputinin Biodiversity Station Centrally located for excursions to the Amazonian jungle, the Mindo Cloudforest, the coast’s surf scene, and the legendary Galapagos Islands Study Spanish abroad in Ecuador International and local students Fantastic private university in Quito Live with a local family Strong on-site support from both the University and our site director Great, inexpensive Andean cuisine Thriving artisan markets throughout the city Community-service options and internships in the local and indigenous communities surrounding the campus Learn some fancy salsa moves in one of the many dance studios and then strut your stuff with impressive salseros on the dance floor Visit nearby ruins to learn about Quito’s importance in the Incan empire
Setting Description:
From lively indigenous festivals to lovely outdoor cafés in tranquil parks, Quito is a city of wonderful contrasts. Its mixed history of ancient empires and colonialism is visible in the ruins that dot the landscape and the incredible Spanish-style churches and leafy plazas. UNESCO named the entire downtown a World Heritage site and described Quito as having “the best-preserved, least-altered historic center in Latin America.” Surrounding the city are volcanoes and impressive mountains, all easily accessible from downtown Quito for stunning views of the Pinchincha valley. Quito comprises several distinct neighborhoods. You will love the historic downtown with its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and street vendors selling everything you can possibly imagine. Equally fun is the Mariscal Sucre, the heart of the traveler scene in Quito. It’s rife with international restaurants, travel agencies, and hostels, and has an all-around lively dance scene. In other neighborhoods, you’ll
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