Ecuador: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a four-year liberal arts institution with approximately three thousand students, 10 percent of whom are international students. The Ecuadorian government recognizes USFQ as one of Ecuador’s leading institutions of higher learning. At USFQ, students develop Spanish language skills through study and cultural immersion, while also learning first-hand about contemporary issues and trends in Latin America. Students can study at USFQ for two months during the summer, a semester during the fall or spring, or an academic year. A variety of courses are offered at USFQ for students who have a solid background in Spanish. Past offerings have included Andean History, Art in Hispanic Quito, Latin American History, Spanish Composition, Spanish Conversation, Cultural Anthropology, History of Ecuador, Introduction to Latin American Issues, People of the Andes, Rural and Urban Sociology, and Tropical Ecology. Language acquisition and cultural immersion are further encouraged through placement in a homestay.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America. USFQ opened in Quito in 1988 and is located in the beautiful suburb of Cumbaya´, a short ride from the city's center.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
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.
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.