Ecuador: Universidad San Francisco de Quito
The Washington College in Ecuador Program is a tuition only exchange program based at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. Ecuador is an unspoiled paradise possessing a great diversity of landscapes, from the snow-capped volcanoes and the exuberant lowland forests of the upper Amazon Basin to the palm-fringed beaches and arid pacific coast. The Galapagos Islands are located 600 miles west of the mainland.
The bustling city of Quito is modern and sophisticated while also noted for its colonial architecture. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is located at the base of Mount Pichincha at an altitude of 9,200 feet.
USFQ was established in 1988 with 130 students; today there are more than 1,200 students enrolled in USFQ. The beautifully landscaped campus includes a library, a computing lab, cafeterias, a theater, an auditorium, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a fitness center.
Classes will be taught in Spanish by USFQ faculty members. The International Programs Office conducts the exchange student advising.
All well-qualified sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for the program. This program is open to students in all majors. Students should meet the following prerequisites:
- Advanced Spanish Language Skills (ideally through the 303-304 level).
- Strong academic record Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation
- Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment
The cost of international transportation between the United States and Ecuador, housing, meals, local transportation while in Ecuador, books, student government fees, extracurricular activities, expenses while USFQ is not in session, health insurance, and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student unless other arrangements have been made.
Students should make an appointment to speak to their Director of Financial Aid to discuss the financial aspects of the program they plan to attend.
Students will live with Ecuadorian families. The International Programs Office at USFQ will assist with placements.
Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Art, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, Education, English, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, International Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Environmental Studies.
Approximate Semester Date:
- Fall: Late August to late December
- Spring: Early January to mid May
- or one academic year