Program Overview

Live in Quito, the highest capital in the world, while studying with international students at a prestigious private university. Your host city Quito sits 9,000 feet above sea level and is a high-altitude haven for all things fun. On Semester in Ecuador, you’ll take in its markets, cultural sights, and gorgeous colonial architecture. Nearby, mountains, beaches, jungles, and crater lakes beckon you. During your program, you’ll be based at Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, an internationally accredited university. You can improve your Spanish through both language and elective courses taught in Spanish as you embrace this dazzling country.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: Extended - November 15
Avg Course Load
4–5 Courses (12–16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
Spanish and English

Key Program Highlights

  • Wander through the streets of Quito on a Ciclopaseo city bike ride
  • Courses taught in both Spanish and English
  • Only a short flight away from the Galapagos Islands
  • The thrilling Teleférico, a ride that gives you a view of the city atop a volcano
  • Discover the vibrant art and indigenous culture of Ecuador at the many artisan markets and open-air art shows in Quito
  • Add on: 4-day trip to Tiputini Biodiversity Station

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

UIDE is an internationally accredited private university located in the heart of modern Quito. Its 36-hectare sustainable campus earned it a place in the International Sustainable Campus Network, among only 4 other South American institutions of higher education.

International students usually take advantage of UIDE’s extensive sports offering, ranging from horse riding and paintball to salsa classes. Find out more by downloading our campus guide.

UIDE offers classes with a maximum of 25 students to ensure personalized assistance for foreign students.


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Semester in Ecuador is located at the gorgeous and prestigious Universidad Internacional del Ecuador. UIDE boasts a wide range of classes in English for international students, including:

  • Automotive/Mechanical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Biology
  • Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • Probability, Statistics, & Risk Analysis
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Architecture
  • Communication
  • Spanish language

 

Course descriptions:
To view the entire English language course catalog from UIDE please click here. Please note that not every course is offered every semester.

Want to challenge your Spanish skills? 

Classes are available in Spanish. According to UIDE, “In the past, students who spoke intermediate Spanish discovered that the language barrier proved to be more fiction than fact, and that classes in Spanish helped them improve their language proficiency in a short period of time.” Talk to your program coordinator for more information.

Life in Quito

Welcome and Orientation

At the airport, you’ll be met by our onsite staff and/or homestay family. They will help transfer you back to your housing and you’ll begin your orientation. During your first few days, you’ll visit the UNESCO world heritage site of old town Quito, learn about Ecuadorian customs, get tips on how to blend in, learn some common slang words and even how to deal with altitude sickness. (Yes! You will be living at more than 9000 feet in Quito!) Then there’s the welcome meal: the perfect opportunity to learn about Ecuadorian food. Did you know that in Ecuador there are more than 200 varieties of potatoes as well as a tomato that hangs up from a tree?!

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Going home after all your Ecuadorian adventures and adjusting again to your home culture can be hard. We try to help make this process less abrupt by walking you through what to expect and, also, how to benefit from your newly gained knowledge. During our farewell evening we’ll give you some ideas as to how to integrate your new experiences into your personal and professional life back home.

Housing Options

You’ll live in the residence halls located right on campus at the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador.

street scene in Quito

Local Life

  • Cooking classes: Learn how to prepare the local cuisine and surprise your family when you go back home!
  • Metropolitan Park: Walk through the woods in the middle of the city of Quito.
  • Music concerts at local restaurants / bars: Enjoy jazz, Blues, Salsa, in a cozy environment while eating a good meal.
  • Dance classes: Becoming a great salsa dancer isn’t easy...it takes practice!
  • Soccer games: We love soccer and you will have plenty of opportunities to see a game.
  • Movie theater: Tuesdays are the best days since it’s two for the price of one!

More About Quito

From lively indigenous festivals to lovely outdoor cafés in tranquil parks, Quito is a city of wonderful contrasts. It has a mixed history of ancient empires and colonialism. This history is visible in the ruins that dot the landscape and in the incredible Spanish-style churches and leafy plazas. UNESCO named the entire downtown a World Heritage site. They described Quito as having “the best-preserved, least-altered historic center in Latin America.”

Quito comprises several distinct neighborhoods. You'll 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 a very lively dance scene. In other neighborhoods, you can visit an incredible museum that pays tribute to Oswaldo Guayasamin (Quito’s favorite artist), independent cinemas, and bohemian enclaves. If music is your passion, you can tap your feet to live traditional Andean tunes, pulsating salsa, and cumbia. Lastly, you can get lost for hours in the local parks and craft markets set amidst colonial grandeur. Most importantly, it’s all easily accessible by bus, taxi, or foot.

Volcanoes and the impressive Andes mountains surround Quito. Every day, you'll glimpse stunning views of the Pichincha Valley and the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi, an active volcano. At the same time, you can access other amazing opportunities for exploration from the highest capital in the world. Ecuador is packed with adventure and amazing biodiversity, from the Amazonian jungle to crater lakes to the Galapagos Islands. Getting to these locations is easy and quick. Furthermore, you can be on the beach in the morning, Quito in the afternoon, and the Amazon jungle at night, all in the same day!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Pichincha Volcano (by cable car)-ecuador-excursion

Pichincha Volcano (by cable car)

Take a cable car 12,943 feet up to enjoy a magnificent view of Quito. You can walk through the paramo (high mountain vegetation), where there’s a cool but enjoyable breeze.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program otavalo indigenous market and cuicocha lake ecuador excursion

Otavalo Indigenous Market and Cuicocha Lake

Visit one of the biggest and most colorful indigenous markets in Latin America, where you can buy traditional trinkets and eat delicious local food. Plus, take a boat ride in Cuicocha Lake, which is at the foot of a volcano.

Quilotoa Volcano

Hike down to the historic crater lake and ride donkeys back up to the top, while admiring the spectacular view!


Student Feedback

I had the opportunity to work with some amazing children who will always stay close to my heart. I made great friends and greatly improved my Spanish. These were three months well spent in Ecuador thanks to CISabroad.

Eli C, Intern in Ecuador, Western Oregon University, Public Health

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Joan Perreault
Manager of Programs - Europe and Latin America

Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.

Learn more about Joan

Diana Balarezo
Site Director in Ecuador

Travel Tip: Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and home to 14 different indigenous nationalities. Be prepared to experience new landscapes, aromas, tastes, sounds and people. Respect the places and the people you will be with and never stop learning!

Learn more about Diana

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    Extended - November 15
    Arrival
    January 9
    Orientation
    January 9
    Classes Start
    January 14
    Classes End
    May 11
    Departure
    May 12
    PRICE
    $11,990
  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    August 14 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 16 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $11,990 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON

Looking for both the academics AND work experience while you’re abroad? A great way to do that is by adding an internship to your study abroad experience, where you can get an international resume boost in your chosen field. Contact a global advisor for more info.

An option you might want to consider to extend your time in Ecuador is the Intern in Ecuador program.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Optional add on of one-month internship at the end of the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • On-campus internet access
  • Weekly laundry
  • An optional 4-day Amazon trip to Tiputini Biodiversity Station
  • Three full day excursions over the semester
  • University official transcript
  • University orientation
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program