Quito, Ecuador

Summer - Environmental Studies

Study Abroad

At a Glance




6 to 9 per Summer

Language of Instruction:

English, Spanish

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Program

This program allows you to study issues of environmental management and preservation, while exploring Ecuador’s rich ecology. You focus on Ecosystems, Conservation, and Public Policy while also improving your Spanish language skills. During the first four weeks of the program, you will be based in Quito, taking courses at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), a private university located in the Quiteño suburb of Cumbayá . You'll then spend the remaining three weeks on San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands, studying at USFQ’s remote campus, the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS).

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Enjoy Extensive Course-Related Trips

Hike in the Amazon Rain Forest with a local guide.

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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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Improve Your Spanish Language Skills

Enroll in a three-credit Spanish language course.

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On-Site Staff

On-site staff work with you to answer any questions.

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?

Although Ecuador is only about the size of Colorado, it is one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet. Four ecoregions—the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands—offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attract biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. In addition to the country’s natural riches, Quito is an architectural jewel known for the warmth and hospitality of its residents.

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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  • 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.