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 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. More information is available at the USFQ website.

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. 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. More information is available at the PUCE website.

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.


  • Minimum GPA : 2.75
  • Language : Must have completed level 102* of college Spanish, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in that language.

*For students fulfilling the requirements of a language major or minor, or the International Studies major, the completion of 202 or equivalent in the appropriate language and a 3.0 GPA average in language classes are required prior to beginning the program. 

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

Important Dates

Application Deadline : February 10, 2017

Program Dates :

  • Fall: 3rd week of August until 3rd week of December
  • ​Spring: early January until 3rd week of May