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Sit back, relax, and dream about the adventures that await you in Ecuador. First, imagine exploring Quito’s vibrant neighborhoods and admiring the beautiful colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, pict... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
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I learned a lot about the lasting impacts of colonialism and capitalism enacted by the Global North on the Global South and how local environmental issues are so closely tied to global political and economic issues. I was also able to make some incredible friends, especially in my host families, that I hope to have lasting relat... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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Not only was able to improve upon my Spanish and gain invaluable skills for my future but I had some of the most incredible travel experiences that I will never forget. It was beyond worthwhile and it's all I can talk about - University of Redlands View Entire Review
I was able to travel extensively, become fluent in Spanish, study ecology in a megadiverse country and take incredible literature courses. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot from my peers at the university, and loved Ecuador. The experience outside of IES was worth is, but IES Quito itself was really problematic and has some serious systemic issues. - Anonymous University View Entire Review
Totally worthwhile! I gain life long friendships, memories, and skills. Studying abroad, especially somewhere like ecuador is truly life changing! - Elmhurst College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Quito - IES Abroad in Quito
As the title of my post suggests, I encountered numerous challenges while abroad. Not every day was a dream vacation. Looking back though, I learned and grew from every challenge. Who knows- I may never have an opportunity like this again, so I am so thankful that I took it. I became incredibly close to my host family, and still... - Trinity University View Entire Review
March 01, 2017 Ecuador
I gained many friends and I learned a lot more Spanish which was my main goal - Wofford College View Entire Review
I learned that there are so many incredible people in the world! I witnessed a huge tragedy, being so close to the epicenter of a 7.8 earthquake that wiped out a large part of the coast of Ecuador. My friends and I had extreme luck to have survived, and through our journey back to Quito, we encountered so many people who were mo... - Temple University View Entire Review
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The overall experience was worthwhile, it's what you put into it. I learned the significance of balancing outside life with school/program obligations - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review True Adventure!
I gained cultural perspectives and language skills. It was worthwhile to say the least. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained new experiences and memories which really matured me to take on more responsibility. Now I feel like I can plan more adventures because the whole experience was all just one spontaneous moment after another. - Tufts University View Entire Review
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I learned how to get out of my comfort zone and survive on limited communication skills. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Life In Quito
Quito has a completely different pace of life than what I am used to in the U.S. Ecuadorians are never on time and value friendships and relationships with people above anything else. I really enjoyed spending 5 months in a place with a different mindset (about school, work, spending time with family, food, etc), and I have been... - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Quito - IES Abroad in Quito
My Spanish skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) all improved phenomenally! I now consider myself fluent. My public speaking skills and self confidence soared as well. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
July 20, 2018 Cheap And Mystical
Yes it was very worth while. I grew a lot as a person in terms of confidence and cultural awareness. My Spanish also improved a lot. - Trinity University View Entire Review
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It's hard to put into words what I gained from my experience because I feel like I don't totally understand everything I learned there yet. Obviously I learned a lot about a different country and culture, and the knowledge I obtained in my classes. But I think I am still figuring out the personal growth aspect of my experience. ... - Trinity University View Entire Review
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It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned that there are great people everywhere, and that the people you're with can make all the difference in how much you enjoy what you're doing. My love for Latin America was increased tenfold, and my understanding of the beauty and diversity of nature as well. I was reminded of how important ... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
September 27, 2017 Ecu Adore
This experience was perhaps one of the most worthwile things I have ever done in my life. I didn't merely learn what was on my class syllabus, but also gained a deeper understanding of the culture, from history to political situation to social customs. I was able to explore so many incredible, amazing places that I may never aga... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Quito - IES Abroad in Quito
Spanish skills, adopted a new culture, experience traveling, being independent and learning how to work things out. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned about myself and what I need to be happy. I learned about another culture that I didn't know much about before. I gained confidence in speaking Spanish. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Excellent language skills; high level of cultural interaction and appreciation; very worthwhile! - University of Virginia View Entire Review
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Past Review Great Time!
I really improved my Spanish skills and visited some amazing places. I also learned to be more independent which was useful. Definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about many things, and it was definitely interesting. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in Environmental Studies or Biology; I believe those specifically interested in Ecology or the Galapagos would benefit immensely from this program. It is also a good program for those who do not want to miss a semester at their home institution by studying abr... - Tufts University View Entire Review
I did a gap year in a small village in Ecuador, so I'd already seen one side of Ecuador, and I figured that going to school at Ecuador's most prestigious/wealthy private university would be very different. It was. I came into the USFQ program thinking I was going to manage to get out of the American bubble that's so common in s... - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Sit back, relax, and dream about the adventures that await you in Ecuador. First, imagine exploring Quito’s vibrant neighborhoods and admiring the beautiful colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, picture yourself studying the ecological diversity of the Galápagos Islands, standing on the equator in Mitad del Mundo, and hiking the mountain rainforest in Loja Province. Pack your bags now—South America awaits you.

Programs in Quito:


  • Quito - Area Studies & Language: With a population of nearly 1.6 million people, Quito is a vibrant and modern city that is famous for its beautiful colonial Spanish architecture. It is also the capital of Ecuador—one of the most biologically varied countries in the world. Come to Quito and immerse yourself in the local language and cultures as you focus your studies on Ecuador’s ecological and ethnic diversity and the challenges of development. If you’re interested in improving your Spanish language skills, this program offers you the opportunity to rapidly strengthen your Spanish through a rigorous language course taught by IES Abroad. You select the remainder of your courses from options available at IES Abroad and prestigious local universities, such as Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). You can also enroll in an internship or service learning placement during your time in Quito, which will help you add international work experiece to your résumé, or help you understand the city’s social issues first-hand.


  • Quito Direct Enrollment - Universidad San Francisco de Quito: Quito is perfect for the adventurous soul. With its surrounding mountains, you’re always just a climb away from a breathtaking view of the valley and from a bird’s-eye view of the colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city famous. Plus, Quito is a great base for trips to the rainforests and marine habitats that make Ecuador famous around the world. We invite you to Ecuador to improve your Spanish while enjoying all that this amazing country has to offer. While in Quito, directly enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and take the majority of your courses at the University alongside local students. Because USFQ offers nearly 1,500 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines, students with almost any academic interest can find exciting and challenging enrollment options.


  • Quito Summer - Environmental Studies: Although Ecuador is only about the size of Colorado, it is one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet. Four eco-regions—the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands—offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attract biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. In addition to the country’s natural riches, Quito is an architectural jewel known for the warmth and hospitality of its residents. Based in Quito and featuring three weeks of course-related excursions in the Galápagos Islands, this program allows you to study issues of environmental management and preservation, while exploring Ecuador’s rich ecology. The program is organized in cooperation with the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). All Environmental Studies courses are taught in English, and previous Spanish study is not required.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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