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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Academic year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Creighton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Affiliate Program
Areas of Study: Business, Ecology, Entrepreneurship, Environmental & Energy Science, Fashion Design, History, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Legal Studies/Law, Liberal Arts, Management, Marine Science, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Theology/Religious Studies Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Host Family
Open to Non-Creighton Students?: No
Program Description:

The City
Quito, Ecuador is full of attractions to see and fun things to do. The city’s architecture includes the Basillica del Voto Nacional, built in the neo-Gothic style, the Church of La Compañía de Jesús, which took 160 years to build, and the Cathedral of Quito. Quito is also home to seven football clubs. Ecuador is home to beautiful scenery to explore. Some highlights are the Amazon rainforest, the Ecuadorian highlands, the cloud forest, and, of course, the beach.

The University
Universidad San Francisco de Quito is a liberal-arts, private, and non-profit university with the mission to “train leaders, free from constraints, educated, innovative, creative and enterprising.” The university has three campuses, and this program is located at the Cumbaya campus. Cumbaya is a small town close to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Approximately 5,500 students attend USFQ.
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private liberal arts university located in Quito, Ecuador.

- Founded in 1988, it is the first private university of Ecuador.
- USFQ has approximately 8500 students enrolled.
- USFQ is ranked #1 University in Ecuador and #57 in Latin America (2016 QS University Rankings).
- There are more than 100 Bilateral Exchange Partnerships at USFQ.
- 1000 International students attend USFQ every year.
- USFQ’s main scientific stations include “GAIAS” in the Galapagos Islands and the “Tiputini Biodiversity Station” in the Amazon Rainforest.

- 2.5 minimum GPA
- Recommended four semesters of college level Spanish. However, intensive Spanish language courses are offered, as well as English courses in many subject areas. Meet all other study abroad eligibility requirements as outlined in Creighton’s Study Abroad Policies & Procedures

Students will take 4-6 courses, including one required Spanish conversation class.
Check out USFQ´s available courses. Find courses taught in English by clicking “Mostrar sólo cursos en Inglés."

From Fall 2018 onward, courses taken while studying abroad will transfer back to Creighton University with a letter grade.  These grades will be factored into your Creighton GPA.  Grade equivalency charts will be published on the study abroad website in early 2018 to help you understand how the grade abroad will reflect on your Creighton transcript.  This change is in contrast to the former "Pass/Fail" grade policy. 

Housing in Cumbaya, Quito
USFQ matches interested international students with carefully-screened host families in Quito. Host families are required to provide students with their own bedroom (bathroom may be shared), Wi-fi internet access, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Host families generally live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá.

On-Site Assistance
Students will have an on-site orientation upon arrival.  Students will also be assigned 2 "Ecuabuddies", or current USFQ students, in order to better acclimate to the city and culture.  Host families will pick students up from the airport and help take them to and from school and activities for the first few days, until the student is comfortable on their own.

Phone plan
Students are provided a SIM card by USFQ, free of charge, during orientation.

  Pay to Creighton Pay to USFQ Student Responsibility N/A
Tuition X      
Room X      
Board X      
Fees X      
Housing Application Fee       X
Visa     X  
Flight     X  
Creighton Traveler Security Program $100      
Special Note
US Dollars are the official currency in Quito, so no exchange is necessary. Approximate costs in Quito include a soda which would cost 30-60 cents, and an hour of bus travel would cost approximately $1.00. 

The visa process for visiting students was updated February 15, 2018.  All students are encouraged to either procure a student visa prior to travel to Ecuador, or obtain a tourist visa which will be extended once the student is abroad.  This does NOT apply to Galápagos Program students, who are required to obtain a student visa before they travel abroad.

Financial Aid
If eligible, institutional aid and federal financial aid are portable. Please consult with the Creighton Financial Aid Office for questions on your specific program and situation.

In Effect for All Fall 2018 Participants and Beyond
Students may only participate in study abroad programs that are pre-approved by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) as part of an employee benefit remission program. Such participants must pay the difference between their employee benefit remission program and the special cost to Creighton University for the study abroad program. Regular registration and fees in addition to the tuition remission fee and any additional fees for special Creighton University programs (i.e. Global Scholars) are applicable during each study abroad semester. Short travel courses are not covered under the employee benefit remission program.

For questions, please e-mail, or call the Global Engagement Office at 402-280-2221.
To make a student appointment, please call the Global Engagement Office, or schedule online through Creighton Connect:
     - Go to
     - Click on “Access Creighton Connect”
     - Log in with your and Blue Password
     - Under Services, search “Curran”
     - Click on “Members”, then “Schedule an Appointment”

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.