Ecuador: Quito Summer

Program Overview

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America. Located in the Andean mountains at the foot of Mount Pichincha 9,200 feet above sea level. Quito has a spring-like climate all year. Beautifully preserved colonial churches, convents, palaces, and other buildings of note contrast with the contemporary architecture of modern Quito, a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity. Quito has been designated the Heritage of Mankind by the United Nations. From Quito, you can travel by frequent buses to Andean Indian markets, remote jungle towns and warm Pacific beaches. In fact, starting from Quito, you can get to most points in this tropical country in less than a day.


Academic Profile

Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a four-year liberal arts institution with approximately 7,000 students, ten percent of whom are international students. The Ecuadorian government recognizes USFQ as one of Ecuador's leading institutions of higher learning. USFQ opened in 1988 and is located in the beautiful suburb of Cumbayá, a short ride from the city's center.

Students in the CCIS programs in Quito develop Spanish language skills through study and cultural immersion. Students also learn first-hand about contemporary issues and trends in Latin America.

Course Offerings

Courses offered at universities in Ecuador often feature a teaching/learning arrangement that is different from that which is used at institutions of higher learning in the United States. However, doing things the "Ecuadorian way" is a valuable aspect of the cross-cultural learning objective of this program.

In the eight week program offered during the summer, students are introduced to Ecuador by combining intensive Spanish language and Ecuadorian culture study with home-stay arrangements and organized field trips. Students enroll in two or three courses for up to nine credits. Spanish instruction places a heavy emphasis upon oral communication and uses an interactive methodology. CCIS students receive personalized attention in the small classes ranging from two to eight students.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

All program participants live with Ecuadorian host families. This arrangement gives each participant the opportunity to learn about Ecuadorian culture first-hand. Students gain support in the new country from interaction with the family while following the host family's customs including: eating meals, respecting host norms, and being sensitive to Ecuadorian culture.

Student Services
Library & Bookstore
Computer Labs & Internet Access
Advisory Services
Heath & Safety Services

Field Trip & Excursions
In addition to tours of Quito, a field trip within Ecuador is organized during the four-week summer program.

Alumni Feedback

"I went to a mountain city called Guaranda for 5 days. We had the Carnival holiday this past weekend, and my family is from Guaranda, which is fortunate because Guaranda is known as the best party in Ecuador for carnival. And the reason for this was quite clear. Everyday there were parades, water balloons flying through the air, people chasing me with squirt guns, buckets of water being thrown of balconies and rooftops drenching me and other unsuspecting victims as we walked under the water trap, street dances at night, and one night by 11pm I was soaked in water, had egg and flour all over my face and in my hair, soy sauce smeared on my cheeks, vino de fruta splashed on my clothes, and then it started raining and the streets starting having little rivers of water running over our feet!!! To make it a bit worse, the sky was filled with clouds and it started raining, it was very chilly, but all part of the experience."
- Joy Adams


Quito Summer Program Details


May 21-July 24, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

 March 15 -Extended to April 1

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Official transcript(s)
  • 4 semesters of College level Spanish
  • 1 academic reference for Summer
  • Statement of purpose
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.


Students at CCIS Member Institutions:

Summer 2016 Costs:       $7,645 (now includes room and partial board)

Students at Non-CCIS Member Intuitions pay an additional $400 fee.

CUNY Students contact the College of Staten Island for more information.

Students registering at the College of Staten Island as Visiting Students or at a School of Record may have to pay additional costs based on residency and matriculation status.  Please contact the College of Staten Island for more information.

Course offering, dates, and costs subject to change.

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, housing (homestay with some meals), administrative fees, pre-departure and on-site orientations, airport pickup, sickness and accident insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($800), additional meals ($200), books ($100), personal expenses ($800), visa ($100), and optional field trips ($1155).

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


Your Adventure in Ecuador Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

College of Staten Island/CUNY
Center for International Service
Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
1-718-982-2108 (Fax)

Note: Students from CCIS member institutions apply through home campus. Students from non-member institutions apply through College of Staten Island/CUNY or other appropriate CCIS member institution.

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms.To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab. 

Students from CCIS member institutions apply through home campus; students from non-member institutions apply through Broome Community College/SUNY or other appropriate CCIS member institutions.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.