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A&M University Wide Exchange: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito Campus, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Agriculture, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Foreign Language - Spanish, Health/Medicine, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Science
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
Language courses available:
Language requirement:
Language of instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Advisor:
Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Katy Lane
Housing: Homestay
Open to non-majors:
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Additional features: Research, Volunteer
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito Campus
The University of San Francisco Quito (USFQ), founded in 1987, is a private university that offers more than 40 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is seen as the standard of excellence in Ecuadorian higher education. USFQ has approximately 6,000 students, including 1,000 exchange students from 96 partner institutions from around the world. In addition to classes, USFQ has many volunteer projects that students can join in. Additionally, USFQ is the only university in the world that owns a campus in the Galapagos Islands. (There is also a REEP available through Texas A&M for the Galapagos Islands campus.)


Located in the valley of Cumbaya, just outside Quito, the university is exquisitely beautiful. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is a vibrant, modern city with roots in the Incan Empire and Colonial Spain. The country is characterized by diversity--of people, language, and environment. Quito, Ecuador's picturesque 9,000-foot-high capital, is a bustling city with international, colonial, and indigenous influences.
Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is open to all majors.
  • Students must have taken four semesters of college Spanish, up to the 202 level, and achieved proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish if studying at the Quito campus
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide 1 letter of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty member (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can chose to study abroad during: 
  • Fall Semester (August to December)
  • Spring Semester (January to May)
  • Academic Year (August to May)

As part of the exchange program, students can independently choose their course from any of USFQ’s ten different colleges including business, sciences and liberal arts. USFQ offers about 1,200 courses a semester. International students are required to take at least 12 credits per semester. The university does not publish a hard copy of its course schedules. Students can browse course offerings through the USFQ course search engine. If a student is planning on enrolling in a Spanish language course, he or she must take a Spanish placement test before hand.


Exchange students are placed with host families who live within the city of Quito. The Office of International Programs at USFQ arranges the home-stays for international students. Home-stays include breakfast and dinner, laundry service, a private room in the home and the experience of being another member of the family.


One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus.

Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,100
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to USFQ
Accommodations  $2,680
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,500
Passport $145
Meals $1,300
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $1,000
Personal Spending $1,600+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost $13,636+
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
Helpful Links

USFQ Homepage
UFSQ Exchange Student Orientation Manual
USFQ Course Listings
USFQ Additional Information About Home Stays
USFQ Academic Calendar
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Ecuador Travel Guide
Quito, Ecuador City Guide
Currency Converter
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"Studying abroad in Ecuador was one of the best experiences of my college career. I spent a spring semester there, which improved my Spanish conversation skills more than years of taking Spanish in high school and in college. The best thing about living in Quito was that travelling independently was very easy. Four to eight hours on a night bus from Quito and you could be anywhere from the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest, to a relaxing weekend at the beach, or on your way on a weekend trek in the Andes. I will never forget the friends I made there, the nights spent salsa dancing, and getting lost in the most beautiful places...... Nothing beats the satisfaction of coming home, and realizing you survived life and studying in a foreign country while not knowing the language perfectly, all while meeting some of the most interesting people after not knowing a single person. I am a definitely a more confident and decisive person now after spending several months there."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
For more information about the exchange program to Universidad San Francisco de Quito, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz in the Study Abroad Programs Office.

This program is currently not accepting applications.