Areas of Study:
USFQ's strengths lie in the areas of liberal arts, ecology, environmental science, Spanish language, international relations, art, business and administration. The academic offer also includes architecture, finance, tourism, engineering (chemical, civil, mechanical), economics, psychology, animation, communication, music, history, anthropology philosophy, art history, sociology, political science, biology, math, microbiology, marine biology and zoology.
Quito has increased their number of English taught classes so it might be possible to take a semester in English in the following areas: Business, International Relations, or Psychology.
For class schedules and descriptions see the course catalogue online (search by semester and faculty/area of study).
There is also the possibility of including a research course in the semester exchange but it does come with an extra fee.
USFQ offers a unique program on the Galapagos Islands.
Exchange students must take at least 16 credits. The maximum number of credits is usually 27, but students may request extensions up to 28 credits. While Ecuadoran credits are 4 per course, your transcript will be translated to the North American equivalent of 3 credits per course so it is a 1:1 conversion.
The first semester runs from mid-late August to mid-late December and the second semester runs from mid-January to mid-May. They also have a summer term from mid-May to mid-late July. For details see the academic calendar.
During the summer term two field trips are offered, one to Tiputini in the Amazon Rain Forest and one to the Highlands and Coastal Region.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
The Accommodation in host families costs approximately US$2,860 per semester (US$1,540 for the summer). Average living costs including accommodation is about US$800/month.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc. in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.
The university arranges home stays with families in Quito for students. The accommodation costs US$2,860 per semester (US$1,540 for the summer if applicable). This includes a private bedroom with breakfast and dinner as well as access to laundry facilities. Students can also choose to arrange their own off-campus housing arrangements.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Students that are planning to take courses in Spanish must have completed a minimum of Spanish 303 (4 semesters of Spanish) or the equivalent. Most courses on the main campus are in Spanish, however there are also some English courses and Spanish language courses.
Do you provide any additional resources for LGBTQ+ students? USFQ welcomes all students to come to any of our programs and will work closely with them if they need any information or help. We have a program called UNIdiversidad that promotes the awareness and sensibilization of all USFQ community towards diversity. If you are interested check this website: (http://www.usfq.edu.ec/estudiantes/decanato/UNIDiversidad/Paginas/default.aspx)
How does USFQ place LBGTQ students with host families? The Office of International Programs will find the most suitable host family for LGBTQ students. We encourage you to share information about your identity with us so that we can initiate this process early on. The information you provide will only be used to help us find a welcoming host family for you. We respect your privacy and will disclose this information with your authorization only. Once in Ecuador, you’ll have a support network throughout your exchange. If you have an adjustment issue with your host family, you can contact your Resident and/or USFQ coordinators to help you.
USFQ has a buddy program called Global Dragons and offers many events for incoming students. They also offer a conversation partners program.
The Dean of Students office offers counselling and support for students with academic accomodations.
OPI (the international office) offers support in adjusting to your life in Ecuador (cultural adaptation, university resources, homestay check-ins etc)
USFQ also offers a unique program on the Galapagos Islands.