Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador
Pacific students have the unique opportunity to live and study in Ecuador, a country rich in geographic diversity with four distinct regions to explore: the jungle, the Andes mountains, the coast, and the Galapagos Islands located 600 miles west of the mainland.
Nestled high in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the center of Ecuador's political and cultural activity. Colonial churches and cathedrals as well as the art and artifacts of a diverse indigenous population illustrate Quito's rich history. Narrow cobblestone streets of the Old City instantly provide contrast with the modern office buildings and avenues just a few blocks away.
In this program students can opt to study either at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) on Pacific's new exchange program or the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (PUCE) which is offered through the Oregon University System (OUS).
The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) provides unique opportunities for integration into regular classes with Ecuadorian and international students. A dynamic institution, the USFQ is known for academic quality, innovation and a diverse curriculum. It provides excellent support for students who wish to improve Spanish skills while at the same time taking regular classes that introduce various aspects of Ecuadorian life. Visit their website at http://www.usfq.edu.ec
The Pontifica Universidad del Ecuador (PUCE) has been long known for its role in higher education in Ecuador. The PUCE is a traditional university that offers an excellent Spanish language program for foreigners, and a selection of courses that help illustrate the people and cultures of Ecuador. Located in the middle of Quito, the PUCE is near the cultural, political and economic centers of the city. Visit their website at http://www.puce.edu.ec. At the PUCE students focus on Spanish language, culture and other course that focus on Ecuador and Latin America. Students are encouraged to participate for an academic year whenever possible.
Students are housed in a homestay with an Ecuadorian family and thus gain exposure to daily life in Quito and have the opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills. Host families are carefully selected and are in frequent communication with the Resident Director. Students remaining on the program for the academic year have the option of living independently after their first term. All participants are provided with a meal allowance.
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language: Must have completed two years of college level Spanish, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in that language.
Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.
Application Deadline: February 8th, 2013
Fall: 3rd week of August until 3rd week of December
- Spring: early January until 3rd week of May