Students in the field of education have the opportunity to gain international teaching experience through Boston University’s School of Education Program and the Colegio Menor, a renowned private bilingual school approximately 10 minutes from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in the valley of Cumbayá. In addition to the teaching practicum, students will enroll in an intensive Spanish language course for 2 CR, and if needed, participate in a local community service affiliation for 2CR.

Students in the field of education have the opportunity to gain international teaching experience through Boston University’s School of Education Program and the Colegio Menor, a renowned private bilingual school. In addition to the teaching practicum, students will enroll in an intensive Spanish language course for 2 CR, and if needed, participate in a local community service affiliation for 2CR. Over the course of the semester each student will work with a cooperating teacher to increase their responsibility in the classroom. The practicum experience will culminate in a 2-week classroom takeover. Students are supported by their cooperating teachers as well as their practicum tutor from the USFQ. Evaluations will be conducted throughout the semester. Each student must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits.

Students enroll in a teaching curriculum based on their desired grade-level of instruction:

Elementary
  • Student Teaching Practicum: Elementary (10 credits)
  • Intensive Spanish course (2)

Students with high enough Spanish proficiency can choose to take the following Community Affiliation instead of the Intensive Spanish course.

  • Community Affiliation (2)
Secondary
  • Student Teaching Practicum: Secondary (8)
  • Intensive Spanish course (2)
  • Community Affiliation (2)

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus
Local Homestay

  • Single bedroom in a shared home with a local family, including shared bathrooms; key access to home; all housing has A/C, window screens, or mosquito nets where necessary
  • Kitchen available to use in Quito with permission from host family
  • Board included; breakfast and dinner with host family seven days a week, stipend for lunches
  • No dining hall available but there are many local places to eat near the university and in Quito
  • Laundry included—in home or handled by host family
  • Study spaces available at the USFQ and local cafés throughout Quito
  • Fall Semester: mid August to late December
    • Spring Semester: early January to mid May
    • Fall Semester: March 15
    • Spring Semester: October 1