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Featuring CCIS Programs

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador (Latin America)

Quick Facts

Fall 2018
Dates:  August 14 - December 15, 2018
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2018
Costs: $12,725 CCIS Member | $13,125 CCIS Non-Member

Spring 2018
Dates:  January 7 - May 5
Application Deadline:  November 1, 2017
Costs: $12,725 CCIS Member | $13,125 CCIS Non-Member

Please note $800 deposit due 2 weeks after acceptance. 

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 9200 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.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

College of Staten Island, CUNY
John Dunleavy
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(718) 982-2100

This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.

Academics & Program

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.

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. Students can study at USFQ for two months during the summer, a semester, or academic year during the fall and/or spring. A variety of courses are offered at USFQ for students who have a solid background in Spanish. Students (who are not native speakers) are required to have completed at least two years of college-level Spanish prior to enrolling in the program. Students are tested and placed in language classes after arrival in Quito. Semester students enroll in four or five courses.

Check with the program advisor at the College of Staten Island for the most recent information.

Course Offerings

The program is designed for students who wish to study Spanish in an intensive format and who wish to explore the world of the Andes. All courses are taught in Spanish; therefore, students should have advanced Spanish language proficiency before enrolling in semester programs. Course offerings vary each semester.

Recommended core courses include: Andean History, Art in Hispanic Quito, Latin American History, Spanish Composition, Spanish Conversation, Cultural Anthropology, Drama, History of Ecuador, Introduction to Latin American Issues, People of the Andes, Rural and Urban Sociology, and Tropical Ecology.

Student Life & Housing

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

In addition to tours of Quito, field trips within Ecuador are organized during the semester. Housing Students are placed with local families in Quito. Students will need to travel daily to the USFQ campus from their host family's home via public transportation.

Duration & Costs

Fall 2018: August 14 - December 15, 2018
Spring 2018: January 7 - May 5, 2018

Fall 2018
$12,725 CCIS Member | $13,125 CCIS Non-Member

Spring 2018
$12,725 CCIS Member | $13,125 CCIS Non-Member

Costs Included: Instructional costs abroad, housing (host family & some meals), administrative fees, pre-departure and on-site orientations, airport pick-up, sickness and accident insurance

Costs Not Included: Airfare ($1000), books ($50-$100), personal costs ($150-$500), visa ($0-$100), lunches ($50-$100 per month), and field trips ($500-$1,500).

Please note $800 deposit due 2 weeks after acceptance. 

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Fall: April 15
Spring: November 1

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA: Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Students must submit their official transcripts, have two academic references, and a statement of purpose. They must have completed four semesters of college-level Spanish and be at least 18 years of age with a minimum class standing of at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application. 



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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Annmarie Pizutti

"The faculty at USFQ was interested in interacting with the students and the class trips were insightful into Ecuadorian culture as well as the biodiversity of the country itself."

Kristen Wilson

"The classes at USFQ were good. They weren't scaled down so that the international students had an easy time and the native students were bored, they were regular classes. However, at the same time, the teachers were sensitive to the fact that Spanish wasn't our first language. Students and teachers alike were helpful and interested in the international students' viewpoints, and were always willing to help. I learned a lot about the subjects I took."