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IES Abroad Quito Direct Enrollment – Universidad San Francisco de Quito

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Quito is perfect for the adventurous soul. With its surrounding mountains, you’re always just a climb away from a breathtaking view of the valley and from a bird’s-eye view of the colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city famous. Plus, Quito is a great base for trips to the rainforests and marine habitats that make Ecuador famous around the world. We invite you to Ecuador to improve your Spanish while enjoying all that this amazing country has to offer.

While in Quito, directly enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and take your courses at the University alongside local students. Founded in 1988, USFQ is one of the most distinguished private universities in Ecuador and has the largest international exchange program in the region, with more than 100 agreements with universities throughout the world. The University has a faculty that includes almost half of the Ph.D.'s in the country.

Because USFQ offers nearly 1,500 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines, students with almost any academic interest can find exciting and challenging enrollment options. You also have the option to enroll in the IES Abroad Service Learning Seminar.

USFQ’s beautiful campus is located in an attractive suburb about 40 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by taxi from central Quito. During the semester, you will live in the suburb of Cumbayá, close to campus. Through USFQ’s extracurricular program, you have the opportunity to participate in events and clubs, such as its film club, ecology club, and sports teams.

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



  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality
  • Humanities
  • Economics
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Spanish
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Business Admin. & Mngmt
  • Management
  • Community Service

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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