The Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil is located in the commercial, industrial, and import-export hub of Ecuador. Guayaquil, a city of approximately 2 million people, is known for its fine ships, hotels, theaters, city parks, and museums. Beautiful beaches are only a one hour bus ride from the center of the city.
The Universidad Catolica is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning that has achieved high prestige in the community. Catolica has an attractive campus and very active student life, including numerous social and recreational facilities as well as computer labs. The campus is served by public transportation. More than 5,500 students are enrolled in degree programs such as architecture, law, business, sociology, education, literature, communications, psychology, economics and engineering.
The program combines intensive Spanish language instruction with the study of Ecuadorian history and culture. In addition to the required core program, and depending on availability of courses and Spanish proficiency, students can register for the following courses taught in Spanish: Ecuadorian Studies, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Hispanoamerican Literature, Contemporary Culture, Cinema, Philosophical Anthropology, Sociology of Ecuador, and Economy of Ecuador.
One course in Spanish language is also required, and is offered at all levels from beginning through advanced. Internships are available for students in a variety of fields. A GPA of 2.5, as well as official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are required for admission to the program, which is open to students from freshman through graduate level standing.
All students live with host families in Guayaquil, and two to three meals per day are provided. This arrangement facilitates the students' immersion into the Ecuadorian culture. In addition to several tours within Guayaquil, program staff organize frequent field trips to other areas of interest in Ecuador.
La Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is based in the capital of Ecuador, considered one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America. Located in the Andean mountains at the foot of Mount Pichincha, 9200 feet above sea level, Quito has a spring-like climate all year.
Beautifully preserved colonial churches, convents, palaces, and other buildings of note contrast with the contemporary architecture of modern Quito, a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity. Quito has been designated the "Heritage of Mankind" by the United Nations.
A private Ecuadorian University developed on the American model, USFQ was founded in 1985 and enrolls more than 2,000 students in degree programs such as: agriculture, nutrition, applied science, ecology, architecture, liberal arts, education, art, economics, and finance. In 1994, the University moved to its new, modern campus in the region of Cumbaya, an hour drive the from the center of the city.
The program is designed for students who wish to study Spanish in an intensive format and who wish to explore the world of the Andes. All courses are taught in Spanish; therefore, students should have advanced Spanish language proficiency before enrolling in semester programs. Course offerings vary each semester.
Recommended core courses include: Andean History, Art in Hispanic Quito, Latin American History, Spanish Composition, Spanish Conversation, Cultural Anthropology, Drama, History of Ecuador, Introduction to Latin American Issues, People of the Andes, Rural and Urban Sociology, and Tropical Ecology.
Students typically receive 12-17 undergraduate credits per semester. A 2.5 GPA, along with transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are required for admission to the program, which is open to students at freshman through graduate level standing.
All students live with Ecuadorian host families. This arrangement facilitates the students' immersion into the Ecuadorian culture. Two to three meals per day are provided. In addition to several tours within Quito, field trips to other areas of interest in Ecuador are organized through the semester. The program features a semester long orientation program designed to facilitate cross-cultural adaptation and learning.
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