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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Mikaela Terry Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 4 Semesters
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Comparative Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Hotel and Restaurant Management, International Hospitality Management, Music, Philosophy, Politics & International Affairs, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology & Social Work, Spanish
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Universidad San Francisco De Quito Facebook

Quito, Ecuador Link

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The richness of Ecuador lies in its diversity, both natural and cultural. Ecuador has the greatest biodiversity per area in the world. According to a study carried out by Conservation International, Ecuador is ranked among the 17 “mega diverse” countries in the world and it ranks first place in the world in terms of diversity of species per area. Ecuador has four diverse and rich regions: the Amazon rainforest, the Coast Region, the Andean highlands and the Galápagos-archipelago. Besides its exuberant biodiversity, Ecuador embraces an impressive variety of ethnic groups, including some “untouched” communities, which still preserve traditional valuecategory A) in the ranking of Ecuadorian universities (being the only totally private university to qualify for the highest category). USFQ promotes the quest for knowledge, individual liberties, and the entrepreneurial spirit as a means for the development of Ecuadorian society.
USFQ’s main campus is located in Cumbayá, outside of Quito (capital city of Ecuador). The main campus hosts a beautiful library and numerous computer labs, as well as education and research laboratories, classrooms, and seven themed restaurants. The main campus is recognized as the most beautiful in the country and is full of recreational spaces, unique landscape and exceptional diverse architecture. USFQ is the only university in the world that owns a campus in the Galapagos Islands, and a campus in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve (Tiputini Biodiversity Station), one of Earth's most biodiverse areas.


USFQ is divided in 16 academic colleges and institutes spread across three campuses across Ecuador (Cumbayá-Quito, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, and the Galápagos Islands):
College of Business and Economics
College of Architecture and Interior Design
College of Agriculture, Foods and Nutrition
College of Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Tourism
College of Biological and Environmental Sciences
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
College of Communication and Contemporary Arts
College of Health Sciences
College of Science and Engineering
College of Music
College of Law
Regional CISCO-USFQ Academy
GAIAS - Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences
Confucius Institute
Institute of Teaching and Learning
Institute of Foreign Languages

To look at the schedule of courses and search courses offered at USFQ you can go to their SCHEDULE OF COURSES website.

USFQ global track

Getting Credit for Studies Abroad

Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.

Credits at USFQ

USFQ's credit system is the same as the North American/United States system: 15 class contact hours is equal to 1 credit. Typically each USFQ course is worth 4 credits and meets for three hours a week in a 15 week semester. Please note this 4 credit system is only for internal purposes Ecuadorian students only, therefore, international students will receive a transcript with 3-credit courses, except for sports and lab classes that are worth “0” credits.
International students must take at least 16 credits "presencial" (courses where you are "present," that meet on a regular basis in a classroom) and usually take no more than 24 (four to six classes in total); however, students may request exceptions in very special circumstances.

USFQ Campus 1

For more information about USFQ and credits, courses and the university in general click HERE to go to the university website.


Ecuador follows a similar academic calendar as the United States. The Spring semester is from January to May and the Fall semester is from August to December. Summer break in Ecuador is from May - August. If choosing to study for a full year at USFQ, consider studying during their academic year, August – May.

When applying:
Spring: January - May
Fall: August - December
Academic Year: August – May (winter break December – January)
Calendar Year: January – December (Summer break is May – August)



USFQ houses interested international students with carefully screened host families in Quito. Host families are required to provide students with their own bedroom (bathroom may be shared), Wifi internet access, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Host families generally live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá.
Students are also able to find there own housing arrangements upon arrival.

To learn more about host families with USFQ click HERE.



To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.


  • SPA 102
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum sophomore standing
  • Recommended minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 10/15/2020 01/11/2021 05/14/2021
Calendar Year 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA


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