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Study at the prestigious University San Fransisco de Quito university in Ecuador while enjoying having a gorgeous beach nearby, stunning mountains, crater lakes, and the Galapagos Islands. CISabroad offers both summer and semester study abroad opportunities in Ecuador.

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API students selecting Quito as their study abroad destination will complete their coursework at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). The USFQ is a private institution that began its operations in 1988, was recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education in 1995 and formally accredited in 2001. It was recently ranked as the #1 university in Ecuador by the QS Latin American Universi...

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Spend the summer in the stunning and pristine Galápagos Islands with AIFS. You’ll earn 3 credits taking “Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galápagos” through Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The Galápagos program gives students the opportunity to earn 3 credits studying an environmental science course in one of the most pristine natural laboratories in the world. Based at the Universidad...

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IES Abroad offers 120+ programs in more than 35 locations worldwide for undergraduate students. We're a little obsessed with study abroad, and not at all ashamed to admit it. We are a highly-charged force of study abroad enthusiasts. Every day we have the privilege of witnessing how study abroad changes our students' lives. That's the reason we do what we do: to provide once-in-a-lifetime educ...

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We offer an unmatched variety of academic and internship programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. Our job is to help students realize their dreams to study and intern abroad.

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Students will be studying at Academia Latinoamericana, a world class institution known for immersive Spanish language courses and Andean culture. It is accredited by the ministry of education in Ecuador and an accredited member of the Latin American Council of Spanish Academies. Quito, Ecuador is located in the upper region of South America, close to Columbia. It is a remarkable city that in...

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Study international development in Ecuador, and experience the wonderful blend of indigenous and Spanish colonial, all while advancing your Spanish language skills. You also get the chance to contribute through a research project or an internship with a nonprofit organization while you are there. You will find opportunities to explore the complexities brought about by issues related to globaliz...

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Quito may possibly be one of the most unique cities in all of Latin America. It proudly boasts the best-preserved, least-changed and most extensive Old Quarter in all of Latin America, according to UNESCO. While the majority of our Enforex destinations are protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Quito stands apart as the very first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, i...

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Spanish immersion, community service and educational travel through Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands', incredible cultural and environmental diversity. Combine immersive Spanish language study, hands-on service learning projects and amazing educational adventure travel. Gain insight into the lives of indigenous Andean and Amazon communities; be astounded by Machu Picchu, the spectacular...

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Experience studying Spanish abroad in three different cities in South America - San Jose (Costa Rica), Cusco (Peru) and Quito (Ecuador)! By studying in several locations and countries, you'll see much more in an extended period of time and fully experience each regions culture and language. You'll spend a month in each city, live with a host family, have four lessons of Spanish study on a d...

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Enjoy a semester in Quito, Ecuador as you study at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador! With a culturally vibrant capital and historically intriguing colonial city of Quito as your classroom, a semester at the university will take you to Ecuador's past, present and future. This semester program is ideal for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers who want a total immersion with ...

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Placed in the centre of a valley, surrounded by volcanoes, Quito is one the highest (over the sea level) capital cities in South America. The city has the best preserved historic centre in all Latin America and it was declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito is also a vibrant and comfortable city, where you can enjoy going out in the afternoon, have drink with the locals, and feel the rela...

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Spanish Abroad, Inc. is a recognized leader of Spanish study abroad programs. Each year we send thousands of individuals to our various Spanish partner schools located in over 45 different locations in Latin America and Spain. For information about quality Spanish immersion programs, look no further than Spanish Abroad!

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Broadreach offers experiential summer adventures for middle school, high school and college students, including scuba, sailing, multi-sport, marine biology, language immersion and community service programs that span the globe. Over the years, we've taken thousands of teenagers to some of the world's most incredible destinations -- the islands of the Caribbean, Australia, Fiji, the Solomon Isla...

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Study the relationship between power and language in Ecuador as the country’s multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change. This program analyzes the connections and interplay between language and power in Ecuador. Students examine how language shapes politics, and how power works through language by exploring how different groups in Ecuador have used languages to inst...

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Studying Abroad in Quito

Quito lies just a few miles from where the Equator bisects the earth and its bustling atmosphere and historical sites lure interest from both sides. The city itself is also divided into two parts, the new city and the old city. Both give off a modern vibe intertwined with a traditional feel. The new city is home to Quito’s main shopping district, many universities and the Ecuador Supreme Court. The old city contains remnants of the Spanish colonial era, enriched with monasteries and churches. The entire downtown has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Geography & Demographics

Quito is located in the northern part of Ecuador at the base of the Andes Mountains. The city surrounds Volcán Pichincha, an active volcano with two green slopes that shoot up from alongside the city. Quito has a population of around 1.5 million. Being so close to the equator, the temperature in Quito is constant. The city generally experiences warm mild days and cool nights.

Food & Culture

The Andean traditions, many of which still thrive in the mountains, have definitely impacted the city’s culture and diet. The variety and popularity of maíz, or corn, is surprising. Find it in dozens of different sizes and colors from small deep purple kernels to bulbus light yellow cobs. Corn is a very important part of their diet, it is an addition to almost any meal and sold on many street corners. Potatoes are another important staple; they are used for main and side dishes and are cooked about any way imaginable. All meat is popular but pork is served most frequently. For a sample of a seafood specialty, try ceviche! Ceviche is raw fish that is marinated in lemon juice and many different seasonings. It is typically served with a variety of raw veggies and a potato. Ceviche is one of the most popular and talked about dishes in all of Ecuador.

 Since 2000 the official currency of Ecuador, Quito included, has been the Dollar of the United States which replaced the Sucre. All normal denominations of bills and coins are circulated.

The official language of Ecuador is Spanish and there is also a large portion of the population that speak the native language of Quechua. North Quito is one of the few places in the country where English is widely spoken because it is the more touristy area. Quito can be an excellent place to learn Spanish because of this. Plus, they are known for speaking slow and clear Spanish.

Quito offers many different transportation options in order to get around this exciting city. Public transportation is very accessible and affordable. The routes can be a little overwhelming as in most cities, but Quiteños are generally very helpful and willing to point you in the right direction. The city offers transport by taxi, trolley, train, or bus. But, don’t underestimate your own two feet which can often be the best way to take in the sites.

Studying in Quito

Most of Quito’s university courses are taught in Spanish. It’s recommended that you have at least a basic foundation of Spanish in order to be successful in Quito universities. The majority of professors speak English and usually advanced courses offer English readings, but the discussion will be in Spanish.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito hosts an abundance of international students. Studying in this university allows a great opportunity to connect and meet with students from all around the world. There are a variety of courses to choose from, so no matter what the major, students are sure to find classes that will suit their academic needs. This university is also home to the largest library found in Ecuador. Most of the education programs for Universidad San Francisco de Quito will offer an orientation for the university upon arrival. This will help the ease of immersion as well as open doors for opportunities to get involved in this school. Various clubs and events are easy to join.

The most common accommodations in Quito are homestays. Study abroad programs carefully place all of their students with safe and secure homestays.  Students have the chance to become part of a Quiteña familia! Daily meals, laundry accommodations, as well as utilities are often included.

The CISabroad-Semester in Ecuador program is offered year round through the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Students can choose between classes in everything from anthropology to culinary arts and will study alongside local and other international students. The program provides students with a homestay, tuition, insurance, and much more. There are also many scholarships available. Students can receive discounts for applying early, home school affiliations, or volunteering.

Another international opportunity is offered through SIT, an organization that focuses on field based education abroad. Their Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation program involves students in the worldwide issue of balancing development and conservation strategies. It is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Undergraduates will take excursions to the Andes Mountain, explore cloud forests, and trek in the Amazon Jungle. Classes include ecology, botany, environmental management, Spanish, and more related areas. The program includes a homestay as well as one week of housing in the the Intag Cloud Forest. Students are required to have some sort of significant preparation related to environmental studies.

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