Rock climbing, surfing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snorkeling, paragliding, and more are waiting for you in the natural playground of Ecuador! Ecuador may not look like a big country, but its terrain is definitely larger than life!
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Semester in Ecuador


Take your education to new heights in the heart of the Andes! Live and learn in Ecuador, a country of stunning contrasts, and study in Spanish with international and local students at a highly ranked private university.

Intern in Ecuador


Whether you help at an orphanage, clinic, or women’s center, you can learn so much about the country through a hands-on, custom internship in Ecuador. There’s no better way to gain experience for your resume, improve your Spanish, and immerse yourself in this enchanting country.

Summer in Ecuador


Come live 9,000 feet above sea level in this high-altitude haven for exploration: markets, mountains, and culture in the city of Quito, and beaches, jungles, and crater lakes all nearby. Take classes with Ecuadorian, European, Asian, and U.S. students.

Semester in the Galapagos


Unique opportunity to study the diversity of plant and animal species at the Galapagos Islands! If you are an environmental major or minor, this is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won't regret. Learn from research professors from Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ on San Cristobal island.

You can choose to do either a semester or summer study abroad program in Ecuador, or to intern abroad there. You will live in beautiful Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, where you can study in a wide array of subjects from culinary arts to volcanology! This is also the perfect opportunity to study Spanish abroad and really improve your language skills. After your classes, you’ll be able to explore the incredible history and culture of Quito, or take in Ecuador’s natural beauty with different trips and excursions.

For more details on CISabroad study abroad and intern abroad programs in Ecuador, click here.

Your academic experience at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito will be similar to that of your home institution in the US. There is a wide array of courses to choose from taught in Spanish by local faculty. There are only a few courses taught in English, so we recommend coming with at least two years of Spanish-language experience.

Overall, Ecuador is a safe study abroad destination. Most of the crimes that occur are considered "petty". The most common crime experienced by tourists is pickpocketing, so carefully watch your belongings in crowded areas of the city. Common sense teamed with taking time and effort for precautions will leave you plenty of time to enjoy your stay. Generally, health problems are no different than those of the US, but don’t be surprised if you experience mild altitude sickness upon arrival in the high altitudes of Quito. While health insurance coverage is not required for visitors by the Ecuadorian government, CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs.

Official name of country: Republic of Ecuador

Population: 14 million

Capital City: Quito

Time Difference: Ecuador is on Central Standard Time, so it is one hour behind the east coast and two hours ahead of the west coast.

National Animal: Andean Condor

National Currency: US Dollar

National Flower: Rose

National Sport: Fútbol (soccer)

Languages: The official language of Ecuador is Spanish, but there are also many other languages and dialects spoken by the locals. The second most popular tongue is Quechua, the Inca language that indigenous people speak. Cofan is another language you may experience while studying in Ecuador. Immigrants have also brought their languages from around the world to the country. Although you’ll definitely improve your Spanish skills, feel free to try out a few phrases in the indigenous tongues too!

Geography: Ecuador is on the western side of South America and is bordered by Colombia and Peru. There are three main geographical regions that make up the country: the coast in the west, the highlands running north-south, and the Amazon in the east. The topography includes low lands, high mountain ranges, and lush jungles. The climate is also varied and you will experience mild temperatures in the valleys, tropical rain on the coast, and warm, dry seasons in the Andean highlands. In Quito, you’ll find that the overall temperature is warm and sunny during the day with cooler evenings. Bring a jacket if you study in the winter as it is often a cooler, rainy season.

Famous People: Alejandro Carrión Aguirre (journalist and poet), Eduardo Kingman (author and social activist), Jefferson Perez (Olympic gold medalist), Oswaldo Guayasamín (painter and sculptor), and Gerardo (singer).

Great Movies: Crónicas; A la Medianoche y Media; Ratas, Ratones, Rateros; La Tigra; Sueños en la Mitad del Mundo.