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IES Abroad Quito – Area Studies & Language

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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.

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 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.

Four or more semesters of college-level Spanish are required in order to participate in this program.



  • Anthropology
  • Culture
  • Cultural
  • Population And Demographic Studies
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Environmental Studies

Required Languages:


Application Procedure:

Applying to an IES Abroad program is easy—just follow the three study abroad application steps outlined below. If you have any questions during the application process, visit the FAQs or contact your Program Advisor at 800.995.2300. You can do this!

1.    Check the application deadline and review the application requirements for your study abroad or internship program of interest. Plan to submit all of the required information by the deadline.

2.    Create an account or log in to complete and submit the initial online study abroad application.

3.    After 1-2 business days, sign in to your MyIESabroad account to view and submit the rest of the application requirements. You will also receive regular emails about deadlines and missing items.

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