|Area of Study||Biology, Environment and Geoscience, Languages, Marine Science, Science, Zoology|
|Course Language(s)||English, Spanish|
|Average Credit Load||21 credits|
|Semester dates||Spring January - MayFall August - December|
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private liberal arts university located in Quito, Ecuador. Founded in 1988, it is the first private university of Ecuador. USFQ currently has 8500 students. 50% of professors have a PhD. USFQ is ranked the #1 University in Ecuador and #57 in Latin America (2016 QS University Rankings). There are more than 100 Bilateral Exchange Partnerships at USFQ. 1000 International students attend USFQ every year. USFQ’s main scientific stations include “GAIAS” in the Galapagos Islands and the “Tiputini Biodiversity Station” in the Amazon Rainforest.
World Heritage listed Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th and 17th century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.
The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It's considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution.
For more information on English taught courses, visit the USFQ website.
Students stay with carefully screened host families in Cumbayá (Quito) for the first module and with host families in San Cristobal Island for the remainder of the semester. During overnight excursions students stay in hostels or hotels.
Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one month including accommodation, food, health insurance is estimated at approximately USD 1,000.
Visa requirements change frequently, contact the Ecuadorian Consulate in Australia on (08) 8383 2727.