Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and sits at an elevation of 9,300 ft. Although Ecuador is only about the size of Nevada, it is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world and students will be able to experience its many regions and climates throughout the semester. Students will study at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS) and at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). Excursions include a Quito city tour, Otovalo, and Cuenca. A pre-program five day Galapagos Islands voyage is included when a minimum program participation number is met. Find more information for international students through the Office of International Programs at USFQ.
During the first month in Quito students will take an intensive Spanish course at ACLAS which counts towards one (1.0) credit at WU. Another credit will be a result of a service learning component students complete during the semester. Visit the ACLAS website to watch videos about Quito, ACLAS courses, Living in Quito, and much more. Watch the Take a Breath video for a general overview.
After the month-long course at ACLAS you will start your semester at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) where you will earn the remaining credits. USFQ is one of the only liberal arts universities in South America. All classes are taught in Spanish. Recommended majors include Spanish, Latin American Studies, History, Politics, Rhetoric, Psychology, and Computer Science. USFQ is not limited to these majors. Explore the available courses on USFQ's website. To find courses go to the Class Schedule at USFQ website and click on Primer Semestre, then use the pull down menu under Departamentos. A list of all undergraduate programs is found under Pregrados on the USFQ website.
The language prerequisite for this program is Spanish 232 or equivalent - students must take a Spanish course the semester prior to studying abroad. Students who do not meet the prerequisite can apply to attend the Ecuador Post-Session where they would advance to the 232 level before the beginning of the semester program. See the Ecuador Summer Program page on the OIE website for more information about the Ecuador Summer Session.
All students will complete a service learning experience arranged and supervised by ACLAS. Students will discuss their interests with ACLAS staff before being placed in a service learning site. Students may work with children, the elderly, environmental non-profits, social service organizations and others. Students will earn 1.0 Willamette credit upon completing their service learning component.
Students will live with host families in Quito within a short walk or bus ride of ACLAS. USFQ is a fifteen to twenty minute bus ride from ACLAS. Most meals will be taken with the host families with some at restaurants and cafeterias near the university.
This program is available in the fall only. The program begins in mid July and ends late December. A yearlong program may be available, please contact the OIE for more information regarding the year option.
Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. The fee includes full room and board, home to university transportation costs, program planned excursions and on-site support.
- Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS)
- Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
- Office of International Programs at USFQ
- To find courses go to the Course Schedules at USFQ website and click on Primer Semestre, then use the pull down menu under Departamentos. Also, consult the Oficina de Programs Internacionales page for more information about classes.
- Ecuador visa information (do not start the visa process until advised by the OIE)
- Willamette World News: Ecuador
- Local Weather
- Ecuador Embassy
- CIA World Factbook
- Lonely Planet Guide