Program Overview

Spend a semester or year studying at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a top-notch university. You’ll have the chance to improve your Spanish through both language and elective courses taught in Spanish. The University’s broad range of courses mirrors Ecuador’s inspiring ethnic and natural diversity, from the pristine beaches of the coast, to the culturally rich Sierra region, to the lush Amazonian jungle. What you can see and do in one day is impressive, so just imagine what a semester will provide!

GPA Requirement
2.5 + 2 years college Spanish
Application Deadlines
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Avg Course Load
4–5 Courses (12–15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
Spanish and English
Highlights
  • Live in one of the world's most biologically diverse countries
  • Enjoy a blend of old and new in Quito - a modern city nestled among Spanish colonial architecture
  • Vibrant street culture - parades, festivals, street performances and open air cafes
  • Grove to a unique Latin-Andean beat
  • Enjoy a spring-like climate year-round
  • Exceptional adventure opportunities: beaches, islands, jungles, volcanoes, mountains
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is an academic powerhouse that ranks as the top university in Ecuador, according to the 2016 QS University Rankings. You’ll receive an excellent education in a stunning location.

USFQ is a modern university nestled in the beautiful suburbs of Quito. The University employs over half of the PhDs in all of Ecuador. USFQ is well known for its environmental and biological advances, social justice mission, community-service focus, and hands-on academic studies. The nearly 6,000 undergraduates come from 40-plus countries. Even during the summer, there are over 1,000 students from across the globe. You’ll certainly make an international network of friends.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito has a U.S.-style campus, with wireless access, gardens, and areas for yoga, soccer, and pottery. It also boasts the largest library in Ecuador. There are many food options on campus, including a student-run dining hall and bakery. Once off campus, you’ll find many other stores, including a mall, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Accreditation: Ecuadorian Council of Evaluation and Accreditation of High Education


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.

8+ CLASSES IN

Humanities

3-7 CLASSES IN

Health
Natural & Applied Sciences
Social Sciences
World Languages

1-2 CLASSES IN

Art & Design
Business
Communications
Engineering

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Choose Your Courses

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

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

On this immersive program, you’ll live with a local Ecuadorian host family. At your homestay, you’ll enjoy two meals per day.

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!

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!


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.

Hadley Byrne
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Latin America, Scotland, & Italy

Travel Tip: When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Learn more about Hadley

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 WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    January 8
    Orientation
    January 9-13
    Classes Start
    January 13
    Classes End
    May 9
    Departure
    May 10
    PRICE
    $17,390 - $17,990
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    TBD (Estimated)
    Departure
    TBD (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $17,390 - $17,990 (Estimated)

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

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
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after 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
  • Homestay accommodations with two meals per day
  • An optional 4-day Amazon trip to Tiputini Biodiversity Station
  • Three full day excursions over the semester
  • University official transcript
  • University orientation
  • La Vida Local cultural program