Quito, Ecuador

Area Studies & Language

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Experiential Learning
Spring, Academic Year, Fall, Calendar Year

At a glance




16 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:

4 semesters of college-level Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course in the last year

Visa Required:


About the Program

If you’re interested in improving your Spanish language skills, this program offers you the opportunity to rapidly strengthen your Spanish through a rigorous language course taught by IES Abroad. You select the remainder of your courses from options available at IES Abroad and Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). 

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Study at a Local University

Choose from more than 1,500 courses in a variety of disciplines.

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Gain Hands-On Experience

Enroll in a community-based learning placement.

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Live in a Homestay

You’ll have a private room in the home of a family or a señora.

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Travel Throughout Ecuador

Join IES Abroad field trips to destinations around Ecuador.

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Application Deadline:

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

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Alyssa Schmirler

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.955.2300 ✉️ study@iesabroad.org

About the Destination

Quito city among the mountains

Why Quito?

With a population of nearly 3 million people, Quito is a vibrant and modern city that is famous for its beautiful colonial Spanish architecture. It is also the capital of Ecuador—one of the most biologically varied countries in the world. Come to Quito and immerse yourself in the local language and culture as you focus your studies on Ecuador’s ecological and ethnic diversity and the challenges of development.

Learn More About Quito

Get to Know Your New City

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Stand on the Equator

Travel via bus and stand at the middle of the Earth.

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Climb a Volcano

Trek to the top of Volcano Pichincha just outside the city.

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Try Authentic, Local Cuisine

Your taste buds will thank you.

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Explore and Unwind in Itchimbia Park

This hilltop park is home to Quito's cultural center.

The Student Experience

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Quito Homestay
  • Homestay


You have a private, furnished room in the home of a family or a señora in Quito. Homestay hosts provide three meals daily. You will be provided all of your bed linens and towels, and laundry is provided too.