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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Program Sponsor: CCIS 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: John Dunleavy Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Standing: 1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 12 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Option: Homestay Program Open to: CSI Students, Non-CUNY Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America. Located in the Andean mountains at the foot of Mount Pichincha 9200 feet above sea level. Beautifully preserved colonial churches, convents, palaces, and other buildings of note contrast with the contemporary architecture of modern Quito, a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity.


Semester Academic Program

The program is designed for students who wish to study Spanish in an intensive format and who wish to explore the world of the Andes. Student take 12-17 credits over a full semester. All courses are taught in Spanish; therefore, students should have advanced Spanish language proficiency before enrolling in semester programs. Students (who are not native speakers) are required to have completed at least two years of college-level Spanish prior to enrolling in the program. Students are tested and placed in language classes before arrival in Quito. Some lecture courses are limited to students who place in the more advanced levels of Spanish language ability. Course offerings change each term, so visit the USFQ website for the most up-to date information.

Sampling of Semester Course Offerings:
  • Andean History
  • Art in Hispanic Quito
  • Latin American History
  • Spanish Composition
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Drama
  • History of Ecuador
  • Introduction to Latin American Issues
  • People of the Andes
  • Rural and Urban Sociology
  • Tropical Ecology 
LOERI Program: USFQ’s LOERI program allows students to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study.  This is a semester-long 3-credit independent study course students participate in while taking other courses in various subject areas.  For more information, please visit USFQ’s LOERI page

 Summer Academic Program

During the Ecuadorian Culture in Spanish Program, students take 3 courses and earn 9 credits. Improve your Spanish language skills! Courses are taught in Spanish. Course offerings change each year, so visit the USFQ website for the most up-to date information. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment.

Sampling of Summer Offerings:
  • Andean History
  • Andean Anthropology
  • Art of Ecuador I: Art in Hispanic Quito
  • Latin American Boom Literature
  • Latin American Themes
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II
  • Advanced Spanish I
  • Advanced Spanish II
NEW Summer Internships!  

Research Opportunities: The program consists of diverse and individualized opportunities within USFQ faculty research projects. Suitable candidates will be selected for the available placements each summer depending on their interests and ongoing projects. The project is undertaken as a 3-credit independent study course in the field of relevance over the duration of the summer. CCIS students can access additional research projects run by the Galápagos Science Center Consortium (of which USFQ is an affiliate member) under their own rates. These costs will be provided by the exchange coordinator upon request and all costs related to the program will be negotiated between the parties before the arrival of students depending on the nature of the research.
Quito Municipal Government:  Participating students will be placed in internships in an office of the government  and complete 272 hours of work. Placements are available in a variety of city offices (see examples on USFQ's website).

As part of the program students also participate in a mandatory 3-credit internship seminar held at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Topics covered include Ecuadorian culture and the workplace, as well as an analysis of their internship experience in the local context. Participants can also take part in an optional Spanish language class (3 credits) offered by USFQ for an additional fee.  Please see requirements here.


Housing: Students are placed with local families in Quito. This arrangement gives each participant the opportunity to learn about Ecuadorian culture firsthand. Students gain support in the new country from interaction with the family while following the host family’s customs.

Student Life:  Student services include a library and bookstore, computer labs and internet access, advisory services, as well as health and safety services.

The Global Dragons is a program founded by the Office of International Programs at USFQ. It is comprised of local students who identify as active global citizens working to create positive change starting with the community at USFQ. The Global Dragons program creates integration opportunities for international students and leadership opportunities for local students in order to enrich the community here as well as those of incoming international students through cultural exchange, understanding, and teamwork. Students involved in this program are interviewed and selected by the Office of International Programs for their academic excellence, cultural competence, responsibility and potential to be global leaders. The selection process takes place every Summer.

Included in the program are talks, a day trip, and an ongoing orientation.  A field trip to USFQ's Tiputini Biodiversity Station can be arranged at an extra cost.


In the northern part of the city is Mitad del Mundo, or Middle of the World.  There you can stand on the equator, the line the country was named for, and be in both the northern and southern hemispheres at once!  While there’s plenty to do in Quito, USFQ offers optional field trips during all sessions. A field trip within Ecuador is organized during the semester and four-week summer program. You can explore the Amazon in Tiputini, join the Andean adventure in Peru, or discover the cloud forest in Mindo.  This isn’t a place you can run out of interesting things to see, do, or eat!


2.5 GPA or better required, advanced Spanish language proficiency

Dates & Costs

Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available.  Please note all dates are subject to change.
  Spring 2020    January 8 - May 10, 2020    $13,950 (CUNY & CCIS)   $15,250 (Non-CUNY & Non-CCIS) 

Semester Program Cost includes: Tuition, Room and Partial Board, Administrative Fees, International Medical and Travel Insurance, Orientation in U.S. & Ecuador, Field Trip, Airport Pick-up
Semester Estimated Additional Costs: Airfare $800- $1,000, Books $50-$100, personal expenses $1,500 ($300-$500 for short term), Lunches $200-$400 

Summer Program Cost includes: Tuition & program fees, Room & partial board, Orientation and program activities, Health and accident insurance, Airport pickup
Summer Program Cost does not include: International airfare $800- $1,000, Additional meals $200, Personal expenses $800, Optional field trips $1,210

Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable extensions.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2020 05/10/2020
Summer 2020 04/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates a rolling admission application cycle where applicants will be accepted into the program within two to three weeks after application is received and do not have to wait for the application deadline for notification.