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Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Founded in 1988, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) was the first private liberal arts university established in Latin America, and is seen as the standard of excellence in Ecuadorian higher education. The university has 270 full-time and 500 part-time faculty, and employs about half of the Ph.D.s in Ecuador.

USFQ places great emphasis on its international programs and has the largest international exchange program in the region. With more than 100 agreements with universities throughout the world, including CCU, USFQ annually receives 900 international students on its four campuses.  As a designated exchange partner of Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Coastal students' tuition fees will be based on CCU In-State Tuition rates.  

Ecuador is a fantastic country and has every kind of possible adventure one can imagine - the Amazon basin, snow-capped volcanoes, amazing beaches, islands, wildlife in a mosiac of 15 incredibly rich cultures. USFQ’s beautiful main campus is located in the valley of Cumbaya, about 20 minutes from Quito - Ecuador's capital city. Home to 2.2 million people, Quito sits at 9,350 feet above sea level and offers visitors the opportunity to experience both the wonders of the Incan and colonial past as well as the promise of the future as one of the most vibrant business centers in modern-day South America. Quito is home to a breathtaking architectural heritage, especially its ornate churches and cathedrals, many of which feature gold-crusted altars and gorgeous works of art.  

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ): Quick Facts
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Student Population: 4,500 undergraduate students
Who can Apply: Open to Spanish Majors/Minors, or Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with strong Spanish language skills
Academic Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA required for admission
Language Requirements: SPAN 130, or equivalent language skills. USFQ strongly recommends that international students coming to USFQ have at least 2 years of college-level Spanish before arriving as only a few special programs and classes are taught in English.
Courses Taught in English:

USFQ offers nearly 1,200 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines, however only a limited number are taught in English.  Those students majoring or minoring in Spanish, or with strong Spanish-speaking skills, can find exciting and challenging enrollment options as USFQ offers excellent courses for people learning Spanish as a second language.

Tuition:  Exchange Students Pay $4,895 (CCU In-State 2014 Rate) 
Accommodations: Housing offered is Host Family Accommodations. These costs are assessed by USFQ are based on many factors not under CCU’s control, and can change significantly from one offering of the program to the next. 
Projected Budget:  See USFQ Budget
Additional Information: Visit USFQ's website








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