Universidad San Francisco de Quito Fact sheet

Traveling to + living in Ecuador

Student visa information: Students may need to get a Temporary Resident-Student visa to stay in Ecuador.

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Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible to apply for a travel grant from College International.


Nearest international airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito (UIO)


Housing: USFQ will arrange the accommodation of students with host families, which includes housing, two meals, laundry, and cleaning of the room. USFQ does not have dormitories. Students who do not want to stay with host families can find off-campus accommodations.


Pre-departure orientation: College International staff will provide an orientation the prior semester to help students prepare for their programs. Students are invited to take GLLC-G 291 Study Abroad: Before You Go, a one-credit, second eight-weeks course in Fall 2022.


Departure preparation + arrival details: USFQ's Office of International Programs (OPI) provides an orientation session that covers health, safety, culture, academic advising, and other topics to help students with their experience in Ecuador. 


Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Homestay housing and meals: $3,685
  • Lunch, books, transportation, and incidentals: $1,500
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • USFQ administrative fees: $275
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare
  • Galápagos campus: Students must pay a track fee, which includes housing, most meals, orientation, Quito city tour, academic excursions, and round-trip ticket Quito-Galápagos: $12,450-$14,400

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