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*
Location: Quito (population: 2.2 million)
University: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (4,500 students)
Minimum application requirements: 3.0 GPA, Sophomore status, and 4 semesters of college-level Spanish
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Ecuador page for detailed information.
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.
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.
Students will participate in a home-stay with a local family.
Three meals a day are provided by the host family.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$24,624.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$3,565.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what UNCW charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to UNCW for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to UNCW.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
I jumped off an Ecuadorian bridge into a 50 meter free fall high above the river below, biked 37 miles along the highway, observed the many wonders of the Amazon rain forest, hiked volcanoes and cloud forests, experienced the evolutionary diversity of the Galápagos Islands, and climbed the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. And those were just the weekend and spring break excursions.
Classes & University: “It was stunning.” That’s been my go-to response when people ask me about my semester in Quito, Ecuador, studying at la Universidad San Francisco de Quito and completing an internship in the south part of the city. I lived with my host mother in a three bedroom apartment 9,000 feet above sea level, with her daughter and two-year-old grandson. I took the bus 20 minutes to the university each day, dropping into the valley of Cumbayá, where I took four classes, all in Spanish. Just riding a public bus in Ecuador proved to be an invaluable window into a wonderful culture.
Internship: Perhaps the most rewarding part of my experience was my internship. Three days a week I traveled 90 minutes one-way by bus to get to the southern part of Quito, where I volunteered at el Centro de la Niña Trabajadora (the Center for the Working Girl), a nonprofit alternative school and workshop dedicated to helping working children of the market and their families to attain an education and have access to health, social, and psychological services.
I primarily worked in the administrative and volunteer offices, helping to search for grant opportunities and to update our presence on international volunteer sites and fundraising platforms, though I also spent some time helping disadvantaged students with their homework and volunteering on special projects to earn funds for the street outreach program. I overwhelmingly rewarded with amazing life changing experiences and a host of new international, life long friendships.
Overall Experience: I met incredible people from Ecuador and from all over the world who showed me the value of experiencing life outside one’s comfort zone. Whether having to speak a new language, eating lemon ants from a stick, jumping off a bridge, or hiking in the hail with new friends, I learned to trust myself and to be self-reliant. My semester abroad proved the value of an experiential education as I found opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.