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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 10/07/2020 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 02/26/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 02/26/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (FICE: 700735) Type of Instruction: Lecture
Classes With: Local Students Language of Instruction: Spanish
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Homestay Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: Advertising, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Engineering, Biology, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Counseling Psychology, Design, Ecology, Economics, Education, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Planning and Design, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, Foods and Nutrition, Human Resource and Organizational Development, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, International Affairs, Journalism, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Law, Marine Sciences, Marketing, Mass Media Arts, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Music, Nutrition Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Psychology, Public Relations Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ is a liberal-arts, non-profit, private university located in Quito, Ecuador.

Academically, USFQ ranks as one of the three-top universities (category A) in the ranking of Ecuadorian universities (being the only totally private university to qualify for the highest category), issued by the Ecuadorian Council of Evaluation and Accreditation of High Education (Consejo Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación de la Educación Superior CONEA). In 2009, it was ranked first in Ecuador in relation to the number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.
For additional information, please see:
USFQ Factsheet.pdf
USFQ Video
USFQ Pre-Departure Guide BROCHURE OPI.pdf


Program Location

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With a rich pre-Columbian history, Ecuador's capital was founded on the ruins of an Incan city but offers everything a modern traveler might need. It remains the least-altered historic center in Latin America and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito’s important sites include baroque gems like San Francisco and Santo Domingo monasteries, as well as La Compañía church and college. This huge city sprawls across a breathtaking Andean valley surrounded by volcanic peaks.


Contact Information

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Schedule an OGE Exchange Advising Appointment - Zoom Appts Available

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Courses available: Full Curriculum

USFQ Online Course Database 

Academic areas:

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA
  • SPAN 3010 or higher

Program Itinerary

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
Spring Semester: Early January to Mid May


USFQ houses interested international students with carefully screened host families in Quito. Host families are required to provide students with their own bedroom (bathroom may be shared), Wifi internet access, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Host families generally live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá.

Program Ratings:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Program Reviews:
Fall 2018 Participant
High quality classes; workload was largely variable depending on how many classes were taken. I might take one fewer classes (5 rather than 6) if doing the program again, to free up more time for travel.

Spring 2017 Participant
Very safe neighborhood

Fall 2018 Participant
I lived in a very safe area, and was walking distance to the bus that I normally took to campus. Campus was in a very safe and nice area. The area is more where the wealthier people in Quito live, and so it had a much more safe vibe than I was expecting. Still, always be aware of your possessions, as you should be in any part of the world.

I would say to not set expectations. Come in with an open mind, and get excited about the adventures that await you. Do not focus too much on your classes, but do not forget that they are the reason you're there (technically). Travel every chance you get. You will be exhausted from the amount of time you spend exploring new places, but just remember that this is one of the only opportunities you will have in your life to live this kind of lifestyle. Lastly, have SO much fun. I am jealous that you will be going there. It truly is the best experience I have had in my life.
     — Mary Capers Elder, Fall 2018
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