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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/30/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Majors: Anthropology Majors, Art Majors, Biology Majors, Business Majors, Enviromental Science Majors, Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors, International Business Majors, Marketing Majors, Spanish Majors GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing: Home stay
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Academics that are literally sky-high!  On our Summer in Ecuador program you'll live 9,000 feet above sea level in the amazing city of Quito at a highly ranked private university.  On Summer in Ecuador you will study at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a top-notch university, and improve your Spanish during unique excursions throughout this dynamic country.  Quito comprises several distinct neighborhoods.  You will love the historic downtown with its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and street vendors selling everything you can possibly imagine.  You will experience:

  • Excellent academics if you’re looking to study in Spanish – Earn 9 credits in 9 weeks. You’ll have the freedom and flexibility to study Spanish in Ecuador as you  practice your new language skills while traveling throughout ethnically, culturally, and naturally diverse Ecuador.
     
  • Lush US-style campus – Universidad San Francisco de Quito’s beautiful campus has all the luxuries typical of home: a world-class library, Wi-Fi access, classrooms, restaurants, and sports fields.
     
  • Amazing sites in Ecuador – This geographically small country is packed with adventure activities and opportunities for cultural exploration, and it boasts beautiful scenery and amazing biodiversity—the Galapagos Islands are nearby!
     
  • A fascinating, historic city – Quito’s entire downtown, with its fascinating blend of old and new, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so it’s hard to go wrong when exploring.  From indigenous festivals to cafes in tranquil parks, Quito is a city of wonderful contrasts.  Its mixed history of ancient empires and colonialism is visible in the amazing ruins and the Spanish- style churches that dot the landscape. 
Academics:
Summer in Ecuador is housed at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, which offers excellent courses in Spanish as a second language. We do recommend that you have at least 2 years of college-level Spanish before coming. An online Spanish placement exam will help you register for courses in the College of Liberal Arts, the Spanish Department, or Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras. Tutoring is available if you need extra help with the language. USFQ also boasts strong programs in biology and environmental science, liberal arts, arts and communication, marketing, international relations, business, and hospitality and tourism. Courses include anthropology, cultural studies, Spanish, volcanology, culinary arts, and studio arts among others, and most courses are taught in Spanish.

Student Life:
Your summer will begin with an intensive orientation program that introduces you to life in Ecuador and Quito, as well as to life at your new university. The University offers numerous opportunities to get involved and meet local students on campus. Whether your passion is mountaineering, martial arts, or modern dance, there’s a student club or organized activity for you. And just in case you find your Spanish studies a bit more challenging than anticipated, tutoring is available for all language levels.


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