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Título: Study Abroad at Universidad San Francisco de Quito

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Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private liberal arts university located in Quito–Ecuador.
• The first private university of Ecuador, founded in 1988
• 8500 students
• 50% professors hold a PhD
• #1 University in Ecuador and 57 in Latin America, QS University Rankings
• 100+ Bilateral Exchange Partnerships
• 1000 International students per year
• Main scientific stations: Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest (Tiputini)


“USFQ provided me with an opportunity unlike any other. Living with a host family that only spoke Spanish, taking weekend trips to the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, and encouraging me to get out of
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International students can also get involved in the EcuaBuddies program to connect them with their Ecuadorian peers.

International students have the opportunity to participate in optional excursions to many parts of Ecuador for a nominal fee. Past trips have included Tiputini Biodiversity Station (USFQ’s research station run with Boston University), Mindo Rainforest Station (1800 mts.), and our extension at San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. Options vary each term.

USFQ offers international students the opportunity to live with carefully screened host families in Quito, which includes two meals per day. Host families live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbaya.
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Each track consists of five intensive 3-credit courses taught in 3-week modules. Students start the program in Cumbaya at the USFQ main campus, and then spend the remainder of the semester on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos.

Students can combine classes from different tracks and all students take a required Spanish conversation class (1 credit) at the beginner, intermediate or advanced levels at the beginning of the program.

Depending on the program track, during the first module students visit USFQ’s Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon, the Ecuadorian highlands, a cloud forest, and the coast. In the Galapagos students visit various sites as part of their
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