Quito, Ecuador

Direct Enrollment - Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Direct Enrollment, Experiential Learning

At a Glance




15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

English, Spanish

Language Prerequisites:

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

Visa Required:


About the Program

While in Quito, directly enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and take your courses at the university alongside local students. Founded in 1988, USFQ is one of the most distinguished private universities in Ecuador and has the largest international exchange program in the region, with more than 100 agreements with universities throughout the world. The University has a faculty that includes almost half of the PhDs in the country.

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Follow Your Academic Interests

Students with almost any academic interest can find options at USFQ.

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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 in Quito.

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Receive Predeparture & Enrollment Advising

We offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 04 - May 13

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Sarah Fang

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!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️ study@IESabroad.org

About the Destination

Quito city among the mountains

Why Quito?

Quito is perfect for the adventurous soul. With its surrounding mountains, you’re always just a climb away from a breathtaking view of the valley and a bird’s-eye view of the colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city famous. Plus, Quito is a great base for trips to the rainforests and marine habitats that Ecuador is known around the world for. We invite you to Ecuador to improve your Spanish while enjoying all that this amazing country has to offer.

Learn More About Quito

Get to Know Your New City

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Stand on the Equator

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

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Climb a Volcano

Enroll in a community-based learning placement.

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Try Authentic, Local Cuisine

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

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Explore and Unwind in Itchimbia Park

Join IES Abroad field trips to destinations around Ecuador.

The Student Experience

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  • Homestay


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