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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:


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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.
USFQ is divided into ten colleges ranging from sciences to business to music. If you are interested in the biological sciences, especially marine life, this program offers the opportunity to study in one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world!

Program Duration
Fall, Spring, or full-year programs at the Cumbayá campus in Quito.

Spring 2018 Calendar:
Wed, January 10 Date of arrival
Fri, January 12 Orientation for International Students
Mon, January 15 Classes begin
Mon, January 22 Last day to add/drop classes
Wed, February 14 Last day to drop classes with a "W"
Sat, February 10 to Tues, Feb. 13 Vacation - Carnaval
Mon, March 26 to Sun, April 1 Vacation - Spring Break
Mon, April 30 National holiday
Wednesday, May 9 Last day of classes
Sat, May 12 to Fri, May 18 Final exams
Sat, May 19 Departure date


Visit USFQ's page for International Students for more Information!


Financial Information
  Pay to Creighton Pay to Host University Student Responsibility N/A
Tuition X      
Room X      
Board X      
Fees X      
Housing Application Fee       X
Visa     Appx. $250  
Flight     X  
Creighton Security Program $100      

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 Fall 2018

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.

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.

Check out the visa process through this video (updated February 15, 2018).

The university places study abroad 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).  Lunch will be purchased on campus, and an ID card to scan for lunch is included in the program cost to Creighton. Host families generally live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá. Students will pay Creighton at the Kiewit freshman standard double rate which can be found on the Creighton website.

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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.



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.



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



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
Academic year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
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.