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Semester at Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador


Spring, Summer, Fall

Degree Level


Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Education
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Public Management
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

See website for additional information

Program Fees Include:

- College Credits
Students participating in a study program through EcuaExplora will receive an official transcript from the Ecuadorian institution showing classes taken while abroad. U.S. universities often accept transfer credit from foreign institutions, but ultimately it is up to individual schools to determine credit transfer on any study abroad program.

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.

- Tuition
For students studying in Ecuador, tuition at the Ecuadorian university is included in the program cost. The U.S. equivalent of 12-18 semester credit hours is considered a normal course load for students studying in Ecuador, and this amount of tuition is included in the cost.

- Resident Directors
In Ecuador, the Resident Director of EcuaExplora, Kate McConnell is on-site to welcome students, lead a personalized orientation, as well as provide student, intern and volunteer support throughout the duration of the program. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

- Housing
Participants will live with local Ecuadorian families in shared rooms, with other Ecuadorian students, or at the facilities of their volunteer site (see each project description for further details) Accommodations are comfortable, yet modest, and provide easy access to public transportation. Breakfast and lunch are provided Monday Saturday.

- Airport Pick-up/Drop-off:
Participants will be picked up and dropped off at the Quito International Airport.

Escort to Project Site and induction at project site with local staff and supervisors.

24 Hour Staff Support and Ongoing Supervision (Virtual and Physical)

Country Directors will maintain regular contact with volunteers through required weekly reflections online and weekly phone, mail, and physical (where applicable) check-ins.

- Cultural Excursions
Participants on the study program will be offered several excursions throughout the duration of their semester. Some excursions are included in the program cost and some will be provided for an additional fee. Volunteer and Intern participants will also have the same opportunity to participant in these excursions at an additional cost.

Sample excursions include: trips to surrounding cities and a visit to the coastal region of Ecuador to see the pristine beaches and archaeological sites where some of the oldest cultures in the Pacific coast of South America are still being studied. Other possible excursions include: indigenous markets, Amazon jungle excursions, visit to nature and wildlife reserves, Cloud Forests, alternative city tours, shrimp farms, banana plantations, and visits to the beach.

EcEx staff can suggest reputable travel agents to help you plan trips to the Galapagos at your own expense.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview