The Quito Latin American Studies Program immerses students in the cultural and ecological diversity of the northern Andean country of Ecuador, through direct enrollment in university coursework and all-inclusive excursions throughout the country. Students in this program are considered full-time undergraduates at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), a modern private university located in the valley town of Cumbayá, on the outskirts of Quito. Students have access to the full curriculum at USFQ and enroll in four to five semester-long courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a local community service affiliation for two credits.

Students have access to the full curriculum at USFQ and enroll in four to five semester-long courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a local community service affiliation for two credits.

For the most up-to-date listings of courses available, please refer to the USFQ website.


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
  • 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
    • Academic Year: mid August to mid May
    • Fall Semester & Academic Year: March 15
    • Spring Semester: October 2