Program Overview

In this program you will study in Quito at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. You may study Spanish language and culture and/or take regular university coursework in a number of subjects. You are encouraged to participate for an academic year, but semester options are available.

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) provides excellent support for students who wish to focus on Spanish language and culture, as well as regular university coursework with Ecuadorian students in the social sciences, sciences and humanities. A dynamic institution, the USFQ has garnered a reputation for academic quality, innovation, and a diverse curriculum. Students in a wide variety of disciplines will likely find coursework to fit their interests and degree plans.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit IE3: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Exchange.

This program will not be available after Spring 2018.

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Application process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for IE3 programs involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the application deadline.

1. Completion of the GEO online application.

2. Completion of the IE3 online application, which includes the following:

  • Essays
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts

Please note that students cannot begin the interview process until both applications are complete.

Application fees are due at the time the applications are submitted and are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult IE3.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester201702/15/2017Mid-AugustLate December
Academic Year2017-1802/15/2017Mid-AugustMid-May
Spring Semester201810/15/2017Mid-JanuaryMid-May

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.