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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.6
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Pre-requisite Subjects: 2-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Field of Study: Anthropology, Art: Art History, Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Language: Spanish, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall
Program Description:

BCA Abroad Quito
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador

The capital of Ecuador, Quito (full name San Francisco de Quito) lies at 9,000 feet above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha. With a climate referred to as "eternal spring," Quito is a city of sun and sky and is surrounded by mountains and three snow-capped volcanoes.

Life in Quito offers a mix of Spanish and Indigenous traditions with modern international influences providing a rich and multifaceted backdrop for the study of historical Ecuador. An ever-growing city of around 2 million people, Quito's neighborhoods retain their small city atmosphere. One of the most cultural cities in the world, Quito has plenty to offer, including a beautiful historical center, dozens of museums, theater every week, symphonic concerts, multi-screen movie centers, state-of-the-art shopping centers, numerous parks and recreations centers, and food of all kinds.

Quito is also a city of contrasts, a product of numerous cultural influences and stratified economic conditions. Students will witness such diversity through the disparity between colonial and modern architecture and rich and poor neighborhoods.

BCA Quito students live with middle-class Ecuadorian families and are immersed in local life. Life with a host family enables students to improve their Spanish language skills while experiencing and learning about Ecuadorian culture.

The University of San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private, American-style university that was founded in 1985. The school, often considered "the premier university of Ecuador," has approximately 3,300 undergraduate students, about 10 percent of which are international students. While 70% of the professors are Ecuadorian, other instructors come from all over the world including the United States, Europe, Asia and other countries in Latin America. Almost all faculty have doctoral degrees and have studied and/or worked outside of Ecuador.

As a BCA student, you will have the opportunity to take Spanish language classes as well as regular university courses with Ecuadorian students. USFQ offers a variety of courses in many academic disciplines. Click here for more course information.

Students enrolled in the fall take the four-credit, four-week pre-semester course "Ecuador: Language and Culture." This course offers intensive language training, along with information about Ecuador's history, culture and current issues. Spring term students take the one-credit, 12-contact hour pre-semester course "Ecuador: Culture and Justice."

After completing this pre-semester course, students may choose to take additional Spanish language courses or, if appropriate, enroll in regular university courses in about 20 different disciplines.

Each semester, students go to the Galapagos Islands for four days. This trip to one of our world's natural wonders has consistently been a favorite among students. See the amazing wildlife of the islands, including sea-lions, iguanas, tortoises, penguins, sharks, and more. Learn about the islands' natural and cultural history and meet the people who live there.

Fall and spring students will also journey to the Amazon (four days) and the Indigenous town and market of Otavalo for a long weekend.

Full year students travel to Cusco and Machu Pichu in Peru during their second semester.

Each semester the resident director plans special day trips, which in the past have included a night tour of the historical center, a day in the cloud forest, and a hike around a volcanic lake. At the end of each semester, there is a dinner in Papallacta Hot Springs, which is located high in the Andes.

On the third day of your stay in Quito, you will move into the home of your host family. Host families range from middle to upper-middle class, with different resources available. While all families provide breakfast and dinner, a private room and laundry services, some also have Internet in the house or even a maid who does the cooking and cleaning. Students receive a lunch allowance every month, since they are not normally home at that time. They are welcome to make their own box lunch or purchase food at the many eateries in or near the university.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.