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Universidad San Francisco de Quito
On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life in Quito. You may apply as an exchange or non-exchange student
. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking USFQ students and participate in all aspects of student life.
Founded in 1988, Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), a private liberal arts institution, is located high in the Andes mountains but is in an urban environment. The university offers an interdisciplinary curriculum relevant to a variety of majors and minors. USFQ is considered the most distinguished private university in Ecuador. It has the largest international exchange program in the region, with more than 100 agreements with universities throughout the world. USFQ is based on a liberal arts college model and employs many of the Ecuador’s most renowned scholars and educators, including almost half of the Ph.D.’s in the country. USFQ’s international programs include short term, semester and year-long programs at their main campus in Quito, at their Galapagos campus (GAIAS), and at their Tiputini Biodivesity Station for research and environmental education in the Amazon. The academic calendar follows the US system; semesters usually run early September through early to mid-December and early January through mid-May.
Students on the Quito programs will have the advantage of studying in what is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Quito is flanked by snow-capped mountains, yet beautiful palm trees line the city's streets. The city is located near the equator, but the 9,000 foot altitude makes it seem a place of perpetual springtime: temperatures are in the 70s every day, and drop to the 50s at night. Quito is famous for its well- preserved colonial architecture, and is the site of many art treasures.
The language prerequisite is 4 semesters, completed by the start of the program.
The program in Quito offers intensive Spanish language classes as well as a full curriculum of courses taught at USFQ. All classes are taught in Spanish. Students can earn a total number of 12 to 15 credits per semester. Students will enjoy a close relationship with the instructors, as class sizes are small. USFQ offers courses in Spanish language studies, social sciences, finances and marketing, international relations, education, arts and architecture, environmental sciences, applied sciences and engineering, health sciences, hospitality and tourism studies, and law.
NOTE: If you are not taking Spanish at UNC but believe you have the equivalency required, please take the free UNC online language placement test. Send your name, PID, and email to Abel Muñoz-Hermoso (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will add you to Sakai where the test is set. You will then take the test at any time and will have 40 minutes in which to complete the test. Once you have completed the assessment test, send him the link to the Study Abroad language assessment form and he will complete that based on your results.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Students will be housed with selected Ecuadorian families, who will provide meals and laundry services. Families range from widows to young professional couples to single-parent families. Regardless of the structure, the family will introduce you to Ecuadorian society and culture and offer you the best opportunity to improve your Spanish language skills.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access