This program is available to all qualified undergraduate students whose home institutions are members of the CIC SPA (Big 10) consortium. However, Penn State students should apply through Education Abroad at Penn State. Non-Penn State students should contact the sponsoring Big 10 institution directly for additional information about this program.
For students interested in becoming fluent in Spanish, this program in Ecuador offers an excellent opportunity for language immersion. Among Penn State's most affordable program options, this program allows students the opportunity to live with a local family and enroll alongside Ecuadorean students at the Universidad San Francisco. The urban location of Quito gives students easy access to all the amenities they need for daily life, but is also just a short distance away from indigenous villages and markets, rainforests, volcanoes and beaches. A multitude of volunteer opportunities gives students additional ways to get involved in the local community.
This program offers a large selection of courses, and allows you to enroll directly in a variety of courses at the University San Francisco of Quito, all of which will be taught in Spanish. It is also possible to arrange for independent study on this program. For more information about the range of courses on this program, please visit the Universidad San Francisco de Quito website.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students must take a minimum of 12 credits/16 USF credits; the maximum credits a students can register for is 18 credits/24 USF credits. 1 USF credit = 0.75 PSU credit.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIC SPA Quito Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Housing and Meals
You will live in a homestay, where some meals may be provided; other meals may be purchased at local cafes or restaurants.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships, including the Whole World Scholarship. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.