BCA Quito, Ecuador

BCA Quito, Ecuador

The BCA Quito program offers many ways for you to become involved in the community and to learn about Ecuadorian culture and traditions from local people. You can join the University’s Ecua-buddies program, where you are matched with an Ecuadorian student and encouraged to do fun activities together. Living with a host family gives you the chance learn about holiday celebrations, family customs and tasty traditional dishes! If you’re interested in volunteering, there are placements available with local non-profit organizations such as a medical clinic, refugee services agency and an agency working with children with disabilities.

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) hosts approximately 6,000 students, including 1,000 international students, across its various campuses. USFQ is ranked in the top three universities in Ecuador and offers areas of study across a wide array of academic disciplines, making it a perfect location to fulfill major or general education requirements. You can also apply for the Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI), which pairs you with a USFQ faculty member completing research in their field. Or, you can challenge yourself and connect to the community through an internship in education, social sciences or health professions. 

Your Resident Director will guide you throughout the semester, helping you understand and process your experiences and gain the confidence you need to explore Quito on your own. Together you will traverse the historical center of Quito, visit a cloud forest and hike around volcanic lakes, all while learning about the rich Andean culture. As part of the program you will spend five days in the Amazon Rainforest where you will meet indigenous people living in the Amazon and learn more about their history, traditions and struggle to live in an area polluted through oil exploration. Other excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included the Galapagos Islands or Cochasqui and Otavalo.

Subjects

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Arts
  • Biology (General)
  • Botany
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Media And Cultural Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Geology
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Admin (Hospitality, Sports)
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater, Drama, Dance
  • Travel / Tourism

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