1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?
The program cost for the Semester in Ecuador program can be found here.
2. When are the program fees due?
Program fees for the Semester in Ecuador program are due on December 1st for Spring term and July 15th for Fall term. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.
3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?
There are four easy steps in the Application process.
1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.
2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.
3. Submit: Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).
4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.
For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for the Semester in Ecuador program is usually in the middle of October for the Spring term and early June for the Fall term. For exact dates, contact an advisor at 1-877-617-9090 or check here.
4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?
Yes, you do need a passport to travel to Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Semester in Ecuador program, you DO NEED a visa - instructions and supporting documents will be supplied by your Program Coordinator.
5. Is there a GPA requirement?
Yes. The GPA requirement for the Semester in Ecuador program is 2.5, but sometimes a lower GPA is accepted. Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!
6. What are my housing options?
Students will live with a homestay family in Quito. The families have all been thoroughly vetted and many have been hosting international students for over a decade! Homestays are a great way to get to know the local culture and eat delicious, homemade food.
7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?
CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.
8. How many credits are offered in the program?
For the Semester in Ecuador program, a student will receive between 12 and 15 credits. For a more detailed breakdown of course options in Ecuador, go here.
9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?
Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.