UNIVERSIDAD SAN FRANCISCO DE QUITO
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is one of the top liberal arts universities in Ecuador.
About the University
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is one of the top liberal arts universities in Ecuador. Located in the valley of Cumbaya, just twenty minutes from downtown Quito and twenty minutes from nearby indigenous Andean communities
The campus offers a tranquil, community feeling to its 900 international and 5500 Ecuadorian students. Ecuador’s largest library, a Galapagos campus, Tiputini Biodiversity station in the Amazon, local community service program, Ethnical Diversity Academic Program covering all 14 different indigenous cultures, excursions, and student support services and activities make it an ideal choice for a student interested in exploring Ecuador’s ethnic and natural biodiversity from a comfortable home base.
Students live in Quito with carefully screened homestay families so they can still enjoy the best of the big city. Service opportunities can be coordinated in nearby communities.
Fall/Spring Semester: Approx 16 weeks
Dates will coincide with US universities and vary by year.
USFQ offers excellent courses for students studying Spanish as a second language, though it’s recommended to have at least two years of college level Spanish before coming. There is an online Spanish placement exam to help you register for courses in the College of Liberal Arts, the Spanish Department, or Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras. USFQ also has 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.
Credit and grading system
USFQ’s credit system is the same as the North American/United States system. 1 credit is equal to 15 hours. Normal courses are 3 credits, and classes meet for three hours a week in a 15-week semester. A full undergraduate course load is 16 credits.
USFQ’s grading scale is based on the standard U.S. 4.0 A, B, C, D, F scale. USFQ does not use pluses or minuses.
Number of Credits Required / Allowable
To ease the process of transferring overseas credit, students should consult the Registrar at their home university to determine the transferability of credit from foreign schools.
For interns and volunteers taking Spanish language courses (up to five hours/week), tuition is also included. Additional language hours and certifications are not included in the program cost. If students request or require additional hours or certifications, all costs incurred are the students’ responsibility.
Transfer to project
Aiport pick-up/ drop-off
Support 24 hours
First weekend accomodation
Meals not specified
Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day
Add $50 per week for 6h Spanish classes if in Quito.