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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in Ecuador

Studying abroad in Ecuador presents a captivating blend of academic exploration and diverse cultural experiences. Nestled in the heart of South America, Ecuador offers a range of educational opportunities that reflect its rich history and natural diversity. From universities in cities like Quito and Cuenca to research centers in the Amazon rainforest, students can engage in programs that encompass environmental sciences, indigenous studies, social sciences, and more. Ecuador’s commitment to sustainable development and biodiversity conservation provides a unique backdrop for students interested in fields such as ecology, anthropology, and sustainable tourism.

Beyond academics, Ecuador’s cultural tapestry is a compelling draw for international students. The country’s indigenous heritage, evident in local traditions, festivals, and markets, offers a rich tapestry of experiences that deepen cross-cultural understanding. Students have the chance to explore the Galápagos Islands, a living laboratory of evolution, and to trek through the Andes Mountains for adventure and breathtaking scenery. With its diverse ecosystems, welcoming locals, and opportunities for language immersion in Spanish, studying in Ecuador promises a holistic experience that fosters personal growth, academic advancement, and a deeper connection to the natural world.


Studying abroad in Ecuador is a remarkable choice for a multitude of compelling reasons. Ecuador’s unique blend of academic opportunities and cultural immersion offers an unparalleled experience. With a range of universities and research centers, students can engage in diverse fields while being surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountains, and the Galápagos Islands.

From participating in indigenous traditions to exploring bustling markets, students can engage with the country’s rich history firsthand. Studying in Ecuador promises an experience that not only advances your education but also fosters a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and the natural world. Ecuador’s affordability compared to other study abroad destinations makes it accessible to a wide range of students.


Here are just a few of the best things about studying in Ecuador:

  • Immerse yourself in a living laboratory of biodiversity, with opportunities to study and engage in research in the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, and the Galápagos Islands.
  • Experience the vibrant fusion of indigenous and Spanish cultures, participating in local festivals, markets, and traditions that provide insights into Ecuador’s rich heritage.
  • Practice and improve your Spanish language skills in an authentic setting, enhancing your ability to communicate and connect with locals.
  • Explore diverse ecosystems through hiking, trekking, and wildlife observation, from scaling the Andes mountains to snorkeling with unique marine life in the Galápagos.

Our Ecuador Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in Ecuador below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond Ecuador.

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Summer Study in Ecuador (Quito)

Study in the heights of the Ecuadorian Andes! Situated at nearly 2 miles in elevation, Quito is one of the most elevated capital cities in the world. Now through World Endeavors, you can study abroad here this summer

Summer Study in Ecuador (Quito)

You’ll study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) which is located just outside the city of Quito in the wealthiest barrio of the country. Over the course of 6-weeks you can refine your Spanish and earn credit towards your degree while taking a cultural deep dive into Ecuadorian life. You can choose from the following course tracks, each lasting 6-weeks:

  • Health and Liberal Arts
  • Media & Design for Sustainability and Communities


Fill out a brief application form to get in touch with an advisor to help you start planning your summer in Ecuador today!

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Study in Quito (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)

Study in the bustling city of Quito and improve your Spanish while growing your skillset and work-readiness.

Study in Quito (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)

The World Endeavors Study Abroad program in Ecuador takes place at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). It is a liberal arts, private university, the first self-financed university in Ecuador. Choose to study here and immerse yourself in the cultural and ecological diversity of this northern Andean country.

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Study in Cuenca, Ecuador (Universidad de Cuenca)

Study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and get ahead in the future workplace by deepening your intercultural competency while honing your skills in your field of study.

Study in Cuenca, Ecuador (Universidad de Cuenca)

Study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and get ahead in the future workplace by deepening your intercultural competency while honing your skills in your field of study.

Up to fifteen thousand students enroll annually at the co-educational Universidad de Cuenca. Study abroad at the U Cuenca and earn credits towards your degree, while being immersed in the warm-hearted Ecuadorian culture and learning Spanish.


About Quito

Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the country’s second largest city. From its beautiful historic town square to the lively cafes and parks, there is so much to see and do here. The good cost of living makes it all accessible. Of course, you can’t visit Ecuador without visiting the site of the equator itself (which is what the country is named for). Outdoor enthusiasts can also use Quito as a gateway to exploring Ecuador’s lush and diverse cloud forest.

About Cuenca

Cuenca is a picturesque city in southern Ecuador, with a laidback, almost small-town atmosphere. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed city center with its colonial buildings, enjoy a coconut ice cream on a bench at the Parque Abdon Calderon and watch the vibrant passing parade, or visit some of the historical monuments, like the Monastery of El Carmen de Asuncion with its colorful flower market.

Dates & costs

Our study abroad programs dates vary based on the particular university you’ll be placed in and the costs vary based on how long you intend to study as well as what your course load will be.

To learn more about the costs and dates available, please select an individual study abroad program from the list above, or Request a Call and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

Semester Study in Ecuador (Universidad de Cuenca) | $12,520
Semester Study in Ecuador (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) | $14,105
Summer Study in Ecuador (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) | $8,495


  • World Endeavors study abroad participants should be 18 years or older (in most cases).
  • Have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • Must have completed high school (or equivalent)
  • While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status.

See individual study abroad program pages for more details, or contact a World Endeavors advisor.


During their study abroad program, students reside with Ecuadorian host families, fostering an immersive experience in local culture and language while seamlessly integrating into the community. This arrangement provides a unique avenue for students to fully embrace the Ecuadorian way of life. Additionally, students will savor authentic Ecuadorian dishes, as their meal plans encompass breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rest assured, all lodgings are meticulously chosen for their security, cleanliness, and comfort, ensuring a safe and pleasant stay.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


In Ecuador, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy during your spare time. Here are some suggestions:

  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest: Nature enthusiasts can embark on guided jungle tours, spot diverse wildlife, and experience the rich biodiversity of the region.
  • Hike the Andes Mountains: Explore the stunning landscapes of the Andes on popular treks, such as the Quilotoa Loop.
  • Visit Historical Cities: Wander through Ecuador’s historic cities like Quito and Cuenca, where you can admire colonial architecture, visit museums, and soak in the local culture.
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: Delight your taste buds with Ecuadorian cuisine, including ceviche, empanadas, llapingachos (potato patties), and delicious tropical fruits.
  • Experience Indigenous Markets: Visit indigenous markets like Otavalo Market, where you can buy unique handicrafts, textiles, and traditional souvenirs.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.


Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.


Recent Testimonials

JillianStudy in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.”

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as the delicious colors and flavors of Thailand, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.”

HeatherStudy in England

It was amazing to be able to say I traveled to six countries in one semester.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

Ecuador FAQs

Are the Galapagos Islands part of Ecuador?

The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador, located approximately 1,000 kilometers off the Ecuadorian coast. The archipelago is considered an Ecuadorian province and part of the country’s national park system.

Is Ecuador a Developing Country?

Ecuador is considered a developing country because of its lower Human Development Index value than many others, meaning that Ecuador has a lower GDP, higher poverty levels, and fewer public services than other countries.

Is Ecuador a Safe Place to Travel?

Generally, Ecuador is a safe country for travelers. However, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure your safety. Keep valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings at all times, use caution when traveling in certain areas at night, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

What is the population of Ecuador?

According to the World Bank, Ecuador has an estimated population of 18 million people.

What language does Ecuador speak?

The primary language spoken in Ecuador is Spanish.

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