Study Abroad

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Quito, Eucador

USFQ is one of the most distinguished private universities in Ecuador. Currently, the university consists of an intimate campus with all of the educational buildings centrally located. USFQ is a liberal arts university that is based on the American University system. The academic programs range from gastronomy to tropical ecology, thus offering a wide variety of classes. It also boasts a successful Spanish as a Second Language program for students interested in learning and practicing the language.

*Requires language proficiency*

Quick Facts

Location: Quito (population: 2.2 million)

University: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (4,500 students)

Terms available:

  • Fall (late August to mid-December)
  • Spring (early January to mid-May)

Minimum application requirements: 3.0 GPA, Sophomore status, and 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Ecuador page for detailed information.


Academic Program

Universidad San Francisco de Quito is a liberal arts institution and was the first of this kind in the Andean region. It is located in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador which is situated along the eastern slopes of an active volcano. Currently, the university enrolls approximately 5,500 students, including undergraduates and graduates, and is no stranger to international students. In fact, roughly 1,000 international students attend the university now.

Students accepted into the USFQ study abroad program will receive credit towards their degree requirements for most majors. Students may also enroll in Spanish language courses designed for non-native Spanish speakers.

To search various course offerings, reference the Universidad San Francisco de Quito course catalog.

For more information on life at USFQ and in Ecuador, visit the Universidad San Francisco de Quito website.


Credit for Semester Study Abroad

For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.

For More Information…

For more information, visit the Universidad San Francisco de Quito website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (335) 841-9280.


The Office of Global Education is located in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142. Building #12 on the HPU Campus Map.

Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280

Click here to meet our staff.


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