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CIC-SPA: Quito, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Homestay
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Accounting, Agriculture, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art, Art History, Biology, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Health Sciences, History, Hospitality Studies, International Relations, Law, Literature, Marketing, Mathematics, Media, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Veterinary Science
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Language of Instruction:
Spanish
Language Requirement:
4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Nora Salmon
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Quito Mountain View

Program Overview     


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 intermediate or advanced language 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 de Quito. 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 or the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign program page.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

 

Program Quicklinks     


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Housing and Meals
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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 on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. 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. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies webpage.

Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 4 semesters of Spanish

Housing and Meals


You will live in a homestay, where most meals will be provided.


Program Costs



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall and Spring budget sheet. 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 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. 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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
 

For More Information



For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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 are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with 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 on this page. 

Important note: The Penn State deadline to apply for the Fall and Academic Year terms for the Quito program is earlier than for most other programs. Students interested in studying abroad for the Fall or Academic Year must all apply by January 20th of the year prior to study.

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
 

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Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family
Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/13/2015 05/17/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 01/20/2015
01/27/2015 08/22/2015 12/23/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 01/20/2015
01/27/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015
06/29/2015 TBA TBA

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