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Semester Abroad in Ecuador


Students can chose to study at:

  • University of San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) , Quito:
    • A full Spanish immersion program located in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
    • Spend a semester living in Andes! Quito is a bustling and historic city  and UNESCO World Heritage site of approximately 1.69 million located at an altitude of over 9000 feet. 
    • Explore with USFQ's Office of International Programs, who organizes excursions around Ecuador, including to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon. 
    • Immerse yourself in the Spanish language with your host family and by joining one of USFQ's student clubs. 
  • Galapagos Academic Institute of the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) , San Cristobal Island (Galapagos) 
    • An English language program which features hands on classes and field trips, based in the Galapagos Islands, with an introduction month in Quito. 
    • Experience Ecuadorian culture and the opportunity to live in one of the most unique and amazing places on Earth.
    • Excursions to Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuadorian highlands and cloud forest included, as well as tour of Galapagos Islands. 
    • Learn about ecology, marine biology and sustainable tourism, as well as Ecuadorian culture, while also having the opportunity to conduct hands-on research.



  • USFQ  Quito Academics
  • Students take regular university classes taught in Spanish with Ecuadorian and other international students.
  • Small class sizes, similar to Linfield.


  • GAIAS Academics
  • Tracks of study include: Human Ecology and Marine Communities, Evolutionary Biology, Native and Introduced Plants, Population Ecology and Marine Life.  Each track normally includes 5 intensive courses, taught in English in three-week modules.


  • Fall semester (late Aug to mid-Dec) or spring semester (early Jan through mid-May)
  • Students majoring in Spanish may study a full academic year at USFQ

Additional Requirements and Recommendations 

  • B average in Spanish language courses
  • It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives).

Specific to Quito:

  • Minimum 2 years of college Spanish
Specific to GAIAS:
  • Minimum 1 year of Spanish
  • One course each of biology and ecology required for the "Evolution, Ecology, & Conservation" track and "Marine Ecology" track


  • Students live with host families in both programs.


Other Information

Study Abroad Application - Download and Complete