Universidad San Francisco de Quito
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About the Program
In this direct enrollment program, students take courses alongside USFQ students who hail from all over Latin America. Founded in 1988, USFQ is one of the most distinguished private universities in Ecuador and has the largest international exchange program in the region, with more than 100 agreements with universities throughout the world. The only liberal arts-based university in Ecuador, USFQ follows the U.S. academic calendar and has a faculty that includes almost half of the Ph.D.’s in the country. USFQ also has two biological research stations, which augment their Environmental Studies options.
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USFQ’s beautiful campus is located in an attractive suburb about 40 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by taxi from central Quito. Through USFQ’s extracurricular program, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular events and clubs, such as its film club, ecology club, and sports teams.
Quito is perfect for the adventurous soul. With its surrounding mountains, you’re always just a climb away from a breathtaking view of the valley and from a bird’s-eye view of the colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city famous. Plus, Quito is a great base for trips to the rainforests and marine habitats that make Ecuador famous around the world. Life in Quito offers a mix of Spanish and indigenous traditions with modern international influences providing a rich and multifaceted backdrop for the study of historical Ecuador. An ever-growing city of around 2 million people, Quito’s neighborhoods retain their small city atmosphere. As one of the most cultural cities in the world, Quito has plenty to offer including a beautiful historical center, dozens of museums, theater, symphonic concerts, multi-screen movie centers, state-of-the-art shopping centers, numerous parks and recreations centers and food of all kinds. Quito is also a city of contrasts, a product of numerous cultural influences and stratified economic conditions. Students will witness such diversity through the disparity between colonial and modern architecture and rich and poor neighborhoods.
We invite you to Ecuador to improve your Spanish while enjoying all that this amazing city has to offer.
Quito and the surrounding area will also be your classroom. Can you imagine practicing your Spanish skills at a traditional fiesta or observing local artisans creating homemade crafts? While in Quito, you will directly enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and take all of your courses at the University. Because USFQ offers nearly 1,500 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines, students with almost any academic interest can find exciting and challenging enrollment options.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Biological Sciences, Communication, Economics, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish
USFQ's wide variety of disciplines allows students with almost any academic background to find exciting and challenging course options. Popular disciplines with past students include Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, International Economics, Latin American History, and Photography.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Completion of two or more courses at Tulane in Spanish at the 3000 level (including SPAN 3040) or higher with a grade of B or better, including the successful completion of a Spanish course the semester prior to departure
- Completion of coursework with Latin American content is strongly recommended
USFQ offers nearly 1,500 courses each semester in a variety of disciplines.
You take a Spanish language course and can participate in any course in any department at the university provided you meet the discipline prerequisites.
Course availability and schedules are listed ahead of time on the USFQ website. Check courses here: http://evaluaciones.usfq.edu.ec/banner/ssb/cursos.htm
All credit taken on an approved Tulane Study Abroad Program comes back as elective credit. If you are planning to petition for Spanish major or minor credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website.
Tulane students will engage with local students in the activities and clubs that are available to everyone. For example, USFQ also offers a number of student clubs in a variety of interest areas including theatre, tango, chess, ecology, and cycling, to name a few. If students cannot find what interests them, they can always start a new club! Every international student at USFQ has the option of becoming involved in the EcuaBuddies program. This opportunity allows international students to become connected to USFQ degree-seeking students to gain an introduction to USFQ, meet local friends, and share in Ecuadorian customs and social events.
In addition to on-campus engagement, each semester the OPI offers international students the opportunity to participate in optional excursions to many parts of Ecuador for a nominal fee. These trips can be for the day, weekend, or even a week. Past trips have included Tiputini, Mindo, Peru, and the Galápagos Islands. Options vary each semester. The summer term includes three excursions: to the coast, to the highlands, and to Tiputini.
Accepted students will receive information on upcoming excursions in the online portal.
All students will live in a homestay in Quito, either in the central part of the city or close to the university. Host families will 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.
USFQ International Student Page
USFQ Course Listing
The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (L0ERI)
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