BCA Quito - University of San Francisco de Quito
Why BCA Quito? Develop meaningful connections with indigenous communities during the BCA excursion to the Amazon and learn directly from them about the issues that impact their lives and community, from matters of environmental justice to the ten... read more
I learned a lot about Ecuadorian culture, Spanish, public transportation, racial relations and how they relate to socioeconomic status, the complexity of machismo, the huge wealthy disparity, the importance of family and friends over rigidity (time, schedules, individualism), and a lot about myself. I gained confidence in my abi... Sarah Y - Trinity University View Entire Review
Understanding of other cultures, stepping way outside my comfort zone, making lifelong friends and learning a new language. Definitely worth it! Megan R - Campbell University View Entire Review
I had never been abroad (never even been in a plane!) until I went to Ecuador. That being said, the BCA program in Quito was the perfect program for me because it was structured enough that I didn't feel like I was just being left in another country to fend for myself. Yet being in the program didn't hinder me at all from explor... malinda.britt - Bridgewater College View Entire Review
I have become better at going with the flow, I'm now more outgoing, and learning how to live in another culture has made me realize many things about my own (that I have one, for example). After being in Ecuador and seeing social workers at my internship, I have begun thinking seriously about social work, either international so... Laura G - Carleton College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself as an individual, about Latin American history and culture, and about working in development. Definitely worthwhile. Tori R - Juniata College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. It really help me put things into perspective and refine some goals. I learned a lot about Latin American history and social issues as well about the Ecuadorian identity. kelleysmcgill - Trinity University View Entire Review
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- Develop meaningful connections with indigenous communities during the BCA excursion to the Amazon and learn directly from them about the issues that impact their lives and community, from matters of environmental justice to the tension between modernization and traditional practices.
- Get involved in the Quito community by interning or volunteering at a variety of agencies, non-profits or foundations that work with different communities in Quito. Your Resident Director can connect you to community partners where you can learn about their mission and work and the ways you can support and learn from them during your time abroad.
- Live with an Ecuadorian family to learn about local customs, traditions and food, reflect on the socio-economic diversity of Ecuador, and develop your Spanish-language proficiency.
There are many ways for you to become involved in the community and to learn about Ecuadorian culture and traditions from local people. You can join the university’s Ecua-buddies program where you are matched with an Ecuadorian student and encouraged to do fun activities together. Living with a host family gives you the chance learn about holiday celebrations, family customs and tasty traditional dishes! If you’re interested in volunteering, there are placements available with local non-profit organizations such as a medical clinic, refugee services agency or an agency working on development through sport.
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) hosts approximately 6,000 students, including 1,000 international students, across its various campuses. USFQ is ranked in the top three universities in Ecuador and offers areas of study across a wide array of academic disciplines making it a perfect location to fulfill major or general education requirements. You can also apply for the Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI) which pairs you with a USFQ faculty member completing research in their field. Or, you can challenge yourself and connect to the community through an internship in education, social sciences or health professions.
Activities & Excursions
Your Resident Director will guide you throughout the semester, helping you understand and process your experiences. Together you will traverse the historical center of Quito, visit a cloud forest, hike around volcanic lakes, and visit the renowned Galapagos Islands all while exploring how your visits and presence impacts the local culture and environment. The BCA signature excursion varies by term, but in the past has been a multi-day visit to the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin to meet and learn about indigenous communities, participate in a homestay, and learn about the contemporary issues that threaten their culture and way of life.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
- Industrial Engineering
- Environmental Studies
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Environmentall Engineering
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Environmental Science
- Sociology and Anthropology
- International Relations
- Finance, Financial Services
- Creative Writing
- Communication and Media Studies
- Electrical Engineering
- Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mathematics, Statistics
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BCA Study Abroad Scholarships
BCA is committed to supporting students from diverse ethnic, faith, sexual and gender identity and socio-economic backgrounds, including first-generation college students. Diversity Scholarships provide $1500 towards BCA semester programs and $1000 towards summer programs.
$1000 or $1500
BCA Study Abroad has committed to increasing the number of study abroad students from diverse ethnic, faith, sexual orientation & gender identity and socio-economic backgrounds. As part of this mission, we strive to make studying abroad affordable for all students by offering various scholarship opportunities for BCA students. The BCA Semester Scholarship offers a $1,000 scholarship toward the cost of a BCA semester program. Students who are applying to study abroad for a year are eligible to apply for both semesters.
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