Study Abroad in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Program Information

Located on the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city with a population of approximately 2.5 million inhabitants. Noted for its hustle and bustle and friendliness of its people, Guayaquil is the hub of an active import-export industry and serves as the financial center of Ecuador. It has several malls with attractive boutiques, numerous theaters and museums.

The desert, the mangrove swamps and tropical dry forest which border the city form part of an area which, in recent years, has become increasingly agricultural. An emerging tourist industry, in turn, promises to develop in the region, which is actively involved in the restoration of cultural and ecological sites. Ecuador is located on the Pacific Ocean while straddling the equator in the northwestern part of South America. It is characterized by cultural and geographic diversity and includes the Galapagos Islands, the Andean Mountains and the headwaters of the Amazon River. The country serves as an ideal site to learn about and experience Latin America.

The Universidad Espiritu Santo (UEES) is the youngest and fastest growing Ecuadorian university. The mission of the Universidad Espiritu Santos is to prepare Ecuadorian men and women for leadership in business and in the public life for their country. Academic standards are high and admission is selective. UEES enrolls more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students in its two major divisions, the School of Economics and Management, and the School of Law, Policy and Development.


Students in the UEES program will study intensive Spanish, combined with courses on the history, geography, and literature of Latin America and the social economic problems of development. The program also includes a community service internship which will take place in Guayaquil. This core component of the program will provide participants with an invaluable first-hand insight into the social and economic environment of Guayaquil and Ecuador.

Housing and Meals

Students will live in homestays arranged by the UEES. Each student will be placed with an Ecuadorian host family who will provide most meals, light laundry, occasional transportation and a few outings. The homestay is the supportive link for the students in his/her new cultural environment.

Excursions and Social Activities

Optional excursions are offered to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon basin, La Ruta del Sol along the southern Pacific coast, Quito, the Inca Ruins and El Cajas Natural Park.


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

  • Advising Appointment : During Fall Semester
  • Application Deadline : February 10

Program Dates:

  • Fall: third week of August until third week of December
  • Spring: early January until late April

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Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo