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The Integrated Liberal Arts program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) offers students the opportunity to complete a Spanish language course in conjunction with electives in Spanish or English with Ecuadorian students. All students must have completed a minimum of four college semesters of Spanish or the equivalent.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to high-intermediate and advanced-level Spanish speakers (Note: Students with lower levels of Spanish ability may be considered if interested in only taking courses in English)
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • University Approval Form
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Quito programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Amazonas

    On the way to the Amazon Rainforest, our group will make a short stop in Papallacta which is a small village located at an altitude of 3,300 m. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, the ecosystems transforms from alpine to tropical jungle. Students will visit the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, in a region called the Sacred Valley of Cotundo, within the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, where the Eastern Slope of the Andes ends and the Amazon jungle begins. Students will be able to do a variety of activities in the rainforest, such as hikes, walks, native experiences to make their trip 100% enjoyable!

  • Mitad del Mundo - Pululahua

    Students can straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo’ with a stop at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Students can try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum, and see the on-site Ethnographic Museum chronicling the people of Ecuador. Students will also get a chance to admire the beautiful landscape of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve during a brief stop.

  • Otavalo

    Otavalo is a town in northern Ecuador surrounded by dormant volcanoes and famous for its extensive handicraft market. On route to the town, students will see Imbabura Volcano, San Pablo Lake, and Parque Condor, where visitors can watch birds like Andean condors and falcons swoop high and low. Once in the market, weave through its maze of colored textiles in search of the perfect souvenir and then learn more about the weavers with a visit to Peguche.

  • Quilotoa

    Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. It is one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America.

  • Amazonas

    On the way to the Amazon Rainforest, our group will make a short stop in Papallacta which is a small village located at an altitude of 3,300 m. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, the ecosystems transforms from alpine to tropical jungle. Students will visit the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, in a region called the Sacred Valley of Cotundo, within the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, where the Eastern Slope of the Andes ends and the Amazon jungle begins. Students will be able to do a variety of activities in the rainforest, such as hikes, walks, native experiences to make their trip 100% enjoyable!

  • Mitad del Mundo - Pululahua

    Students can straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo’ with a stop at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Students can try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum, and see the on-site Ethnographic Museum chronicling the people of Ecuador. Students will also get a chance to admire the beautiful landscape of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve during a brief stop.

  • Otavalo

    Otavalo is a town in northern Ecuador surrounded by dormant volcanoes and famous for its extensive handicraft market. On route to the town, students will see Imbabura Volcano, San Pablo Lake, and Parque Condor, where visitors can watch birds like Andean condors and falcons swoop high and low. Once in the market, weave through its maze of colored textiles in search of the perfect souvenir and then learn more about the weavers with a visit to Peguche.

  • Quilotoa

    Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. It is one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America.

  • Cayambe

    Cayambe is a massive glaciated extinct volcano located 65km northeast of Quito. It is both Ecuador’s third highest peak and the third highest peak in America’s north of the Equator. It also has the distinction of being the highest point on the Earth’s surface through which the Equator directly passes. The city of Cayambe is a renowned home-made cheese and ”bizcochos” It’s also a regional center for Ecuador’s flower industry (Ecuador’s fourth-largest export). Students will visit the “Quitsato Sundial”, a touristic sundial, and very possibly one of the most accurate places in the world created to determine equator position.

  • Mindo

    Mindo is known for its high concentration of bird species, making birdwatching a must for any visitor! Students will visit the Cascadas del Nambillo (waterfalls), tour a chocolate factory, and experience a butterfly garden, as well as enjoying a hike through the reserve.

  • Puerto Lopez

    Puerto Lopez is a traditional fishing town on the central coast of Ecuador famous for humpback whale watching, the Machalilla National Park, and the poor man’s alternative to the Galapagos – Isla de la Plata. There are tons to see, including trails, forests, beaches, and reefs. Be ready to visit Los Frailes, which is considered to be the most gorgeous beach in Ecuador!

  • Otavalo

    Otavalo is a town in northern Ecuador surrounded by dormant volcanoes and famous for its extensive handicraft market. On route to the town, students will see Imbabura Volcano, San Pablo Lake, and Parque Condor, where visitors can watch birds like Andean condors and falcons swoop high and low. Once in the market, weave through its maze of colored textiles in search of the perfect souvenir and then learn more about the weavers with a visit to Peguche.

  • Cayambe

    Cayambe is a massive glaciated extinct volcano located 65km northeast of Quito. It is both Ecuador’s third highest peak and the third highest peak in America’s north of the Equator. It also has the distinction of being the highest point on the Earth’s surface through which the Equator directly passes. The city of Cayambe is a renowned home-made cheese and ”bizcochos” It’s also a regional center for Ecuador’s flower industry (Ecuador’s fourth-largest export). Students will visit the “Quitsato Sundial”, a touristic sundial, and very possibly one of the most accurate places in the world created to determine equator position.

  • Mindo

    Mindo is known for its high concentration of bird species, making birdwatching a must for any visitor! Students will visit the Cascadas del Nambillo (waterfalls), tour a chocolate factory, and experience a butterfly garden, as well as enjoying a hike through the reserve.

  • Puerto Lopez

    Puerto Lopez is a traditional fishing town on the central coast of Ecuador famous for humpback whale watching, the Machalilla National Park, and the poor man’s alternative to the Galapagos – Isla de la Plata. There are tons to see, including trails, forests, beaches, and reefs. Be ready to visit Los Frailes, which is considered to be the most gorgeous beach in Ecuador!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester

The Integrated Liberal Arts program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) offers students the opportunity to complete a Spanish language course in conjunction with electives in Spanish or English with Ecuadorian students. It is highly recommended that students have completed a minimum of four college semesters of Spanish or the equivalent. Exceptions can be made for students who wish to complete coursework only in English. Students will complete an online placement test prior to departure to determine their eligibility to select coursework in Spanish.

To be eligible to complete literature courses in Spanish with local students, API students must reach a minimum score on the online language placement test prior to departure. Course registration will take place online prior to arrival on-site.

Students can choose from a number of departments at USFQ, including Business and Economics; Hospitality, Culinary Art, and Tourism; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanities; Science and Engineering and Communication and Contemporary Art. All departments offer coursework in both English and Spanish, though business, economics, international relations and religion classes are offered in English more commonly than courses in other areas of study. All courses are the equivalent of 3 U.S. semester credits.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive an official transcript issued by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Ana Maria Posligua

    Ana Maria Posligua will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Manuel Ramirez

    Manuel Ramirez will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - manuel.ramirez@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students at the USFQ may complete a Spanish language course in combination with electives in English or Spanish. To be eligible to complete literature courses in Spanish with local students, API students must reach a minimum score on the online language placement test prior to departure. Course registration will take place online prior to arrival on-site.

SERVICE AND RESEARCH COURSES

The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI) and the Service-Learning course are listed below.CREDIT INFORMATIONThe Universidad San Francisco de Quito operates on the contact hour system; the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class with a professor. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours for each course by 15.

Service-Learning Course

The university also offers a service-learning course that affords students the opportunity to work with diverse organizations in Quito and the surrounding areas. Students complete 80 hours of service in addition to meeting in an academic setting once per week. The course examines the social issues of Ecuador and is offered in Spanish or English. It is also equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits.

The Service Learning course combines a theoretical learning component with service hours in order for the student to acquire an integral learning experience about Ecuador’s social reality. The principal learning method to be used during class will be discussions based on material read before class. Active participation of the students will be vital for a profound analysis of course topics. For this to happen, it is necessary that students arrive to class punctually and that they read all assigned materials before the start of class. In terms of the virtual course component, the students will complete various assignments that can be found on the virtual platform.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

View Syllabus   

Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI)

International students have the opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. The project is undertaken as a 3-credit independent study course in the field of relevance over the duration of a semester.

Students who participate in a research project will also select regular USFQ classes to complete alongside the project. A total of five students are selected each fall and spring semester for participation in this program, based on their academic history, research interests, and faculty availability. Students interested in this option should indicate their interest during the application process.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

USFQ Courses

First, select the session in question. For example, in the “Periodo” field, “Primer Semestre 2018/2019″ corresponds to the Spring 2019 session, and "Segundo Semestre 2019/2020" corresponds to the Fall 2019 session.


For “Lugar”, select “Campus Cumbayá.” For “Sesión”, select “Presencial Diurno Cumb”.


Next, click on the button labeled “BUSCAR.” Courses are uploaded on a rolling basis.


Select “Mostrar sólo cursos en Inglés” for courses in English.

USFQ Course Link

Service-Learning Course

The university also offers a service-learning course that affords students the opportunity to work with diverse organizations in Quito and the surrounding areas. Students complete 80 hours of service in addition to meeting in an academic setting once per week. The course examines the social issues of Ecuador and is offered in Spanish or English. It is also equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits.

The Service Learning course combines a theoretical learning component with service hours in order for the student to acquire an integral learning experience about Ecuador’s social reality. The principal learning method to be used during class will be discussions based on material read before class. Active participation of the students will be vital for a profound analysis of course topics. For this to happen, it is necessary that students arrive to class punctually and that they read all assigned materials before the start of class. In terms of the virtual course component, the students will complete various assignments that can be found on the virtual platform.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

View Syllabus   

Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI)

International students have the opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. The project is undertaken as a 3-credit independent study course in the field of relevance over the duration of a semester.

Students who participate in a research project will also select regular USFQ classes to complete alongside the project. A total of five students are selected each fall and spring semester for participation in this program, based on their academic history, research interests, and faculty availability. Students interested in this option should indicate their interest during the application process.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

USFQ Courses

First, select the session in question. For example, in the “Periodo” field, “Primer Semestre 2018/2019″ corresponds to the Spring 2019 session, and "Segundo Semestre 2019/2020" corresponds to the Fall 2019 session.


For “Lugar”, select “Campus Cumbayá.” For “Sesión”, select “Presencial Diurno Cumb”.


Next, click on the button labeled “BUSCAR.” Courses are uploaded on a rolling basis.


Select “Mostrar sólo cursos en Inglés” for courses in English.

USFQ Course Link

Service-Learning Course

The university also offers a service-learning course that affords students the opportunity to work with diverse organizations in Quito and the surrounding areas. Students complete 80 hours of service in addition to meeting in an academic setting once per week. The course examines the social issues of Ecuador and is offered in Spanish or English. It is also equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits.

The Service Learning course combines a theoretical learning component with service hours in order for the student to acquire an integral learning experience about Ecuador’s social reality. The principal learning method to be used during class will be discussions based on material read before class. Active participation of the students will be vital for a profound analysis of course topics. For this to happen, it is necessary that students arrive to class punctually and that they read all assigned materials before the start of class. In terms of the virtual course component, the students will complete various assignments that can be found on the virtual platform.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

View Syllabus   

Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI)

International students have the opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. The project is undertaken as a 3-credit independent study course in the field of relevance over the duration of a semester.

Students who participate in a research project will also select regular USFQ classes to complete alongside the project. A total of five students are selected each fall and spring semester for participation in this program, based on their academic history, research interests, and faculty availability. Students interested in this option should indicate their interest during the application process.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

USFQ Courses

First, select the session in question. For example, in the “Periodo” field, “Primer Semestre 2018/2019″ corresponds to the Spring 2019 session, and "Segundo Semestre 2019/2020" corresponds to the Fall 2019 session.


For “Lugar”, select “Campus Cumbayá.” For “Sesión”, select “Presencial Diurno Cumb”.


Next, click on the button labeled “BUSCAR.” Courses are uploaded on a rolling basis.


Select “Mostrar sólo cursos en Inglés” for courses in English.

USFQ Course Link

Service-Learning Course

The university also offers a service-learning course that affords students the opportunity to work with diverse organizations in Quito and the surrounding areas. Students complete 80 hours of service in addition to meeting in an academic setting once per week. The course examines the social issues of Ecuador and is offered in Spanish or English. It is also equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits.

The Service Learning course combines a theoretical learning component with service hours in order for the student to acquire an integral learning experience about Ecuador’s social reality. The principal learning method to be used during class will be discussions based on material read before class. Active participation of the students will be vital for a profound analysis of course topics. For this to happen, it is necessary that students arrive to class punctually and that they read all assigned materials before the start of class. In terms of the virtual course component, the students will complete various assignments that can be found on the virtual platform.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

View Syllabus   

Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI)

International students have the opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. The project is undertaken as a 3-credit independent study course in the field of relevance over the duration of a semester.

Students who participate in a research project will also select regular USFQ classes to complete alongside the project. A total of five students are selected each fall and spring semester for participation in this program, based on their academic history, research interests, and faculty availability. Students interested in this option should indicate their interest during the application process.

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

USFQ Courses

First, select the session in question. For example, in the “Periodo” field, “Primer Semestre 2018/2019″ corresponds to the Spring 2019 session, and "Segundo Semestre 2019/2020" corresponds to the Fall 2019 session.


For “Lugar”, select “Campus Cumbayá.” For “Sesión”, select “Presencial Diurno Cumb”.


Next, click on the button labeled “BUSCAR.” Courses are uploaded on a rolling basis.


Select “Mostrar sólo cursos en Inglés” for courses in English.

USFQ Course Link

Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish and English
  • Service-learning and research opportunities

Students in Quito will live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction to Ecuadorian culture. Students will have a private bedroom and receive two meals per day, as well as laundry service once a week and access to WIFI.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Academic Year Aug 14, 2019 - May 10, 2020 $32,780 Mar 1, 2019 Jun 1, 2019
Fall Aug 14, 2019 - Dec 19, 2019 $16,880 Mar 1, 2019 Jun 1, 2019
Spring Jan 7, 2020 - May 10, 2020 $16,880 Oct 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Jan 8, 2019 - May 12, 2019 $16,880 Oct 1, 2018 Nov 1, 2018