This program is offered through a consortium called the Big 10 Academic Alliance (BTAA) consisting of Big Ten Universities. The Quito, Ecuador program is administered by the University of Illinois, but is open to all undergraduate students from Big 10 institutions, including Penn State students.
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.
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. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. 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 Big 10 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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
2.5 Cumulative GPA
4 semesters of Spanish
Housing and Meals
You will live in a homestay, where most meals will be provided.
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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 Student Spotlights 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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.