Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador


Program Information Requirements
Curriculum Important Dates
Housing and Meals  

Program Information

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 study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) on Pacific's exchange program.


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


Housing and Meals

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 level 102 of college Spanish, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in that language.

Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: February 13th, 2015

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