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Universidad de Cuenca

The Universidad de Cuenca, through the Faculty of Philosophy and the Department of Languages, offers an exchange program that allows college students from all over the world to learn Spanish language and experience Latin American culture first-hand. Students also have the opportunity to learn about indigenous Andean people through experiencing Andean customs, rituals and festivals.

Cuenca, the capital of the Province of Azuay, is the third largest city in Ecuador with a population of approximately 350,000 people. Located in an Andean valley 8300 feet above sea level, Cuenca was declared a “World Cultural Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1999. Cuenca is a beautiful city very rich in culture, history, art, artisans, museums, universities, traditional festivals, mountain scenery, and musicians.  It has also preserved many ancient traditions, some dating as far back as the Incas.

CCU is a designated exchange partner of Universidad de Cuenca, which means tuition fees will be based on CCU In-State Tuition rates. Student can study abroad for a full year or a semester. 

Universidad de Cuenca: Quick Facts
Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
Student Population: 13,000 undergraduate & graduate students 
Who can Apply: Open to Spanish Majors/Minors, or Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with strong Spanish skills.
Academic Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA required for admission
Language Requirements: SPAN 130, or equivalent language skills 
Courses Taught in English:

Students participating in the exchange program can choose between Spanish language courses – with classes available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers – as well as courses on Latin American Culture and Literature.  Please note that the non-language courses are only taught in Spanish.

Tuition:  Exchange Students Pay $4,895 (CCU In-State 2014 Rate) 
Accommodations: Housing offered is Host Family Accommodations. 
Projected Budget:  See Universidad de Cuenca Budget
Additional Information: Visit University’s website





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Ms. Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Study Abroad Advisor
Singleton Building 119

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Application Deadline 

Applications for Fall 2014 study abroad should be submitted to OIPS before March 14, 2014. To learn more about the application process, click here.