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Why Quito?

With a population of nearly 1.6 million people, Quito is a vibrant and modern city that is famous for its beautiful colonial Spanish architecture. It is also the capital of Ecuador—one of the most biologically varied countries in the world. Come to Quito and immerse yourself in the local language and cultures as you focus your studies on Ecuador’s ecological and ethnic diversity and the challenges of development.

What You'll Study

If you’re interested in improving your Spanish language skills, this program offers you the opportunity to rapidly strengthen your Spanish through a rigorous language course taught by IES Abroad. You select the remainder of your courses from options available at IES Abroad and one of the most distinguished universities in Ecuador, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). You can also enroll in a service-learning placement during your time in Quito, which will help you understand the city’s social issues first-hand.

Quito will be your classroom. Can you imagine visiting and observing Ecuadorian customs at a traditional fiesta or visiting local markets and handicraft workshops with your classes? Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites.

You will also have the opportunity to take several field trips to exotic locations while you study abroad in Quito, including the remote Galápagos Islands and the Amazon region. Imagine yourself in an environmental haven of fearless sea lions, penguins, iguanas, and tortoises that is 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. It’s not very often that you get to be so near to nature and see so many species up close—with IES Abroad, we can take you there.d historical landmarks.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Quito, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore the Spanish language, Ecuadorian history, and culture, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 16–19 credits per semester and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses at IES Abroad and our partner university are taught in Spanish and are offered both fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (at least one is required, 3 credits each)
  • Area studies courses at a local university (optional, credits vary)
    • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
      • Note: You may take up to 2 USFQ courses at no additional charge. If you would like to take more than 2 USFQ courses, additional fees will apply.
    • Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
  • Service-learning seminar and placement (optional, 4 credits)

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

  • Ecological Anthropology
  • The Cultural Diversity of Ecuador
  • Andean Popular Arts
  • The Environmental Diversity of Ecuador
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Politics and Society in Latin America
  • Service Learning Seminar
  • The Cultural Diversity of Ecuador
  • Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad
  • Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad

Partner Institution(s)

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

A modern institution of higher learning, USFQ is one of Ecuador's most prestigious universities and offers a full range of programs and courses. Its faculty includes almost half of the Ph.D.’s in the country, and its library and information technology is the most up-to-date in Ecuador.

USFQ offers nearly 1,500 courses each semester in a variety of disciplines. Specific course listings are available through the USFQ website.

Courses

You take an official language placement exam before your arrival in Quito. The score of your placement exam in Quito determines your eligibility for USFQ courses. You are allowed to participate in any course in any department provided you meet the discipline and language prerequisites, as demonstrated on the Spanish language placement exam.

Note: You may take up to 2 USFQ courses at no additional charge. If you would like to take more than 2 USFQ courses, additional fees will apply.

The following are some of the numerous disciplines in which IES Abroad students have previously enrolled:

  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality
  • Humanities & Economics
  • Languages
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Spanish Language

Registration & Advising

Please note that course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester and official registration takes place prior to your arrival in Quito. You will receive further instructions on how to register for courses through their MyIESAbroad account.

Location & Commute Time

The USFQ campus is located in the suburb of Cumbayá in Quito. The commute time from USFQ to the IES Abroad Center is approximately 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO)

FLACSO, an international graduate school devoted to Social Sciences, was founded by UNESCO and is one of 10 FLACSO schools in Latin America. An on-site language placement exam will determine whether you are qualified to participate in the following available areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Business Management
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Gender Studies
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Service Learning

Participating in a service-learning experience in Quito is an opportunity to give back to the community while gaining a much deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Quito while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

A service-learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by an academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and research on the issues of your host community.

Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Community health
  • Economic development
  • Social issues unique to Quito

Service Learning

Participating in a service-learning experience in Quito is an opportunity to give back to the community while gaining a much deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Quito while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

A service-learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by an academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and research on the issues of your host community.

Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Community health
  • Economic development
  • Social issues unique to Quito

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Quito, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the cultures and traditions of your host country. There is an additional cost for multiday field trips; the Otavalo trip is included in the program cost. Here are a few possible destinations.

Amazon Rainforest Region

4 Days | Fall & Spring

Hike the world’s largest and most biologically diverse rainforest with a local guide.

The Galápagos Islands

4 Days | Fall & Spring

Explore the ecological diversity of the Galápagos, go snorkeling, and learn how to identify local flora and fauna.

Otavalo

1 Day | Fall & Spring | Orientation

Explore this largely indigenous town where residents are famous for weaving textiles. The “Plaza de los Ponchos” in Otavalo is the largest indigenous market in the world.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips are academic trips associated with courses. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Ecuadorean culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. All course-related trips are included in the program cost. Here are a few possible destinations.

Guayllabamba Ecological Zoo

1 Day | Fall & Spring

See more than 45 species of native fauna representing the different regions of Ecuador at the Guayllabamba Zoo, not far outside the city of Quito. The zoo was developed to conserve Ecuadorian biodiversity, and they specialize in conserving endangered species of fauna.

Latacunga

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit Latacunga, a town 60 miles outside of Quito, to observe a religious Andean Fiesta and discuss its cultural development and significance.

Mindo

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Go to Mindo in the Nublado Andino Forest to experience Ecuador’s biodiversity.

Quilotoa

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit Quilotoa, a water-filled caldera (a cauldron-like volcanic structure) in the Ecuadorian Andes, to learn about the region’s ethnic groups.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Quito is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The program begins with a mandatory orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Quito staff, your fellow students, and the city of Quito.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Intensive Spanish language training is incorporated into the orientation program to help you prepare for living and studying in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Quito, it will feel like home.

Homestays - You have a private, furnished room in the home of a family or a señora in Quito. Homestay hosts provide three meals daily. This is a great option if you’d like to improve your language fluency and immerse yourself in the local culture. You will be provided all of your bed linens and towels, and laundry is provided too.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Quito through our cultural events and activities, such as visits to:

Participate in a Quito cultural Chiva, an open bus with a brass band that makes city tours

  • Attend Andean folkloric music concerts
  • Take workshops on making Ecuadorian meat pastries
  • Participate in soccer games
  • Visit museums and other local hot spots

University Clubs & Events

USFQ's extracurricular program includes clubs for yoga, ultimate frisbee, salsa, and Ecuabuddies. You learn more about these unique opportunities once on-site.

Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $14,220 $3,500 $230 $17,950

Academic Year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic Year $25,580 $7,000 $455 $33,035

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

John Gearen Need-Based Dublin or Developing Regions Scholarship

Up to $1,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

John Gearen, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for many years and past chair of the Board for six years, is a leading real estate attorney and Rhodes Scholar who is involved in numerous philanthropic causes. Mr. Gearen has generously established this scholarship to support students who have an interest in studying on an IES Abroad Center in a developing region of the world (Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Morocco, or South Africa).

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

William E. & Mary M. Dwyer Need-Based Spanish Scholarship

Ranges up to $1,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

These scholarships are intended for students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

Kathleen Kervin Diamond Endowed Scholarship

Up to $2,000 each; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

Kathleen Diamond is a consultant, entrepreneur, and business leader in the language services industry. In 1979, she founded Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. (LLE®), a full-service language company based in Washington, D.C. She is recognized as an early pioneer in Telephone Interpreting, launching LLE-LINK in the early 1990s. Over the next 20 years, under her leadership, the company grew into a dynamic, multimillion-dollar corporation, serving a wide range of clients, in both the private and public sectors, across the United States, and worldwide. In 2009, Ms.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers

Up to $10,000; awarded to 6 students each year

The Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers was established by an anonymous donor to encourage more engineering students to have the enriching, life-changing experience of study abroad.

Our Center

IES Abroad Quito

Situated near Quito’s financial district, the IES Abroad Center is housed in a new, modern building. Features include:

  • Two well-equipped classrooms
  • Student lounge
  • Staff offices
  • Small library
  • Computer lab
  • High-speed Internet and printer access
Program taught in:
  • Spanish
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Last updated November 17, 2019
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