The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) offers an 8-week summer program at one of the most distinguished private universities in Ecuador. Located in the Cumbaya valley, adjacent to the city, the university consists of an intimate campus with all of the educational buildings centrally located. USFQ is a liberal arts university that is based on the American university system. The gorgeous architecture and immaculate landscaping provide a serene and attractive study environment. The Universidad San Francisco de Quito invites students to participate in its study abroad program.
The Surrounding Area
Quito, Ecuador’s second largest city, is nestled between the high peaks of the Andes Mountains. Although it is a mere fourteen miles from the equator, Quito’s altitude of approximately nine thousand feet provides a comfortable climate year-round. The city is famous for its colonial architecture and artwork that is displayed proudly in a host of museums and churches that line the historic downtown area. The northern section of town is a showcase of modern skyscrapers mixed with contemporary housing. This area is also completely stocked with shopping centers, discotheques and restaurants galore. The easily accessible airport and bus stations make travel a convenient bonus to this program. Ecuador offers a rich variety of sights, including the Amazon Basin and its luscious rain forest environment, the arid Pacific Coast, Incan ruins and the unforgettable Galapagos Islands.
Location.......................................... Quito, Ecuador
City Population....................................... 1.5 million
USFQ offers many opportunities for international students, like partcipating in their buddy program to meet local friends and connect with USFQ students. There are also potential excursion opportunities to sites of interest throughout Ecuador.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.8 GPA at time of application (Students with a GPA between 2.5-2.75 will considered on a case by case basis)
- Completion of college level Spanish through SPN 202 by the time of participation
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the summer study abroad program at USFQ will receive credit toward their degree requirements for many majors. Areas of study available may include administration, architecture, biological and environmental sciences, chemistry, communication, economics, engineering and polytechnics, film, fine arts, health sciences, law, liberal arts, literature, math, music, physical education, psychology and Spanish. Some courses will require a more advanced level of Spanish than others, and students will take a Spanish placement exam before attending.
Students will stay in carefully selected home stays located in and around Quito. Housing typically provides students with their own bedroom, WiFi access, two meals a day and laundry services. Home stays are within access to public transportation to the university.
Late May to Late July
This program is available as a Study Abroad:
Participants pay a fee to USFQ that includes:
- Two meals per day with host family
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.