Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

Program Details

Program Location Quito, Ecuador
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20236
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/10/24 to 05/18/24
Past Dates
Fall 2023 08/16/23 to 12/20/23
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

Founded in 1988, USFQ is one of the most distinguished private universities in Ecuador. USFQ’s campus is located in an attractive suburb about 40 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by taxi from central Quito.

USFQ offers nearly 2,000 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines in which more than 80 courses are taught in English. Students with almost any academic interest can find exciting and challenging enrollment options.

Outside of the classroom, students can enjoy what the city of Quito has to offer. Surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods and beautiful colonial architecture that makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


For more program information, please visit the program website.


Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

At least three semesters of Spanish is STRONGLY recommended.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Science]
Specifically from: BIOL (SCI)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students participating in the Cumbayá Program are able to choose their courses from across USFQ's ten colleges. However, please note that only specific areas at Purdue have approved coursework for direct credit (see credit section above). USFQ offers hundreds of courses each semester in Spanish and in English. Spanish language classes at all levels are also offered to international students.

Please note that not all classes are available in English. Students with enough language proficiency may also choose to take classes taught in Spanish. Students wanting all coursework in English should be prepared with back-up course options in case their first choice courses are not offered in English. 

To get an idea of programs and potential courses offered, you can explore the Academic Programs available at UFSQ here.


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), Wifi internet access, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Host families generally live within a 15 to 45-minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá valley.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Housing $3,610.00
Books and Supplies $200.00
Meals $1,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.