Universidad San Francisco de Quito Fact sheet

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Quito, Ecuador

Spring Semester 2022

Application due to the College International Office by September 30, 2021.

University: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

Student body: 8,500

International students at university: 1,000


Academic units:

USFQ has ten academic colleges on its main campus in Cumbayá on the outskirts of Quito.  Exchange students may study in any discipline and research opportunities are available. https://www.usfq.edu.ec/programas_academicos/colegios 
Exchange students may also study a specific educational track at USFQ’s campus in the Galápagos islands for an additional fee. Tracks: Evolution, Ecology and Conservation; Marine Ecology; People, Politics and the Environment; Sustainable Tourism.

Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits

Course catalog: View course catalog

Language of instruction: Primarily Spanish. USFQ recommends that international students have completed at least four levels (semesters) of Spanish at the college level. Students will need to take a Spanish placement exam before registering in classes.

USFQ offers a notable selection of courses taught in English. Currently many of these are in business and psychology; USFQ is adding more to this list regularly.

Grades + Transcripts: USFQ uses letter grades on a 4.0 scale. USFQ will provide transcripts for students taking part in the exchange. At the student’s request, the College will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Spring semester: Mid-January to mid-May

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Traveling to & living in Ecuador

USFQ international student guide

Student visa information:
Students should get a Temporary Resident-Student visa to stay in Ecuador.

Learn about immigration + travel

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible to apply for a travel grant from College International.

Nearest international airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito (UIO)

Housing: USFQ will arrange the accommodation of students with host families. The charge of approximately $25 per day includes housing, two meals, laundry, and cleaning of the room. USFQ does not have dormitories. Students who do not want to stay with host families can find off-campus accommodations.

Pre-departure orientation: The College International OIA staff will provide an orientation near the end of the fall semester to help students prepare for their programs. Nominated students will also be invited to enroll in the one-credit “GLLC-G 291 Study Abroad: Before You Go” for the second eight weeks term.

Departure preparation + arrival details: USFQ's Office of International Programs (OPI) provides an orientation session that covers health, safety, culture, academic advising, and other topics to help students with their experience in Ecuador. 

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Housing and meals: $3,200
  • Lunch, books, transportation, and incidentals: $1,500
  • OVST administrative fee: $268
  • USFQ administrative fee: $275
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare
  • Galápagos campus: Students must pay a track fee, which includes housing, most meals, orientation, Quito city tour, academic excursions on the mainland, and round-trip ticket Quito-Galápagos: $12,450-$14,400

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad
  • Must not be on exchange during final semester
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College International Office.

Due date for applications to College International: September 30, 2021

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit http://go.iu.edu/ASPIREexchanges.
  • Complete the application form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • College International staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • College International will nominate finalists to USFQ. Upon acceptance, USFQ will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College Office of International Affairs at collOIA@indiana.edu.