Without a doubt Quito is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and a vibrant setting for BCA students. A long, sprawling city between mountains, Quito is not only the political capital of Ecuador, also the artistic and cultural heart of the country. Whether you want to visit one of the over 30 colonial churches, take in a play, modern dance performance, or musical performance, or go to the movies, the mall, a dance club, zoo or traditional markets there is never a loss of things to do and see.

  • Live, study and enjoy the city of Quito, known as the City of the Sun and Sky, surrounded by mountains and three volcanoes
  • Choose from a large variety of courses at the University of San Francisco de Quito which offers more than 40 degrees, a Galapagos campus, a biodiversity research station and one of the best culinary schools in South America
  • Enjoy the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon and meet indigenous people living in the Amazon and learn more about their history, traditions and struggle to live in an area polluted through oil exploration
  • Explore a city with dozens of modern shopping centers, restaurants, parks, movie centers, theaters and museums
  • Volunteer or intern and choose from a number of agencies, NGO’s and foundations who serve a variety of populations in Quito
 Language of Instruction: Spanish
GPA Requirement: 2.6 or higher
Housing: Host Family
Internships & Volunteering: Opportunities Available


On the third day of your stay in Quito, you will move into the home of your host family. Host families range from middle to upper-middle class, with different resources available. While all families provide breakfast and dinner, a private room and laundry services, some also have Internet in the house or even a maid who does the cooking and cleaning. You will be responsible for lunch and other meals you eat outside of your host family’s home. Some students prefer to make their own box lunch or purchase food at the many eateries in or near the university.


Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, BCA excursions are unique to each program and offer you exciting learning experiences you couldn’t get on your own. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of the following: 



A visit to the indigenous town of Otavalo and its world-renowned artisan market.



Sites such as the Quito Historical Center, the cloud forest and a hike around a volcanic lake.



Hot springs in the Andes (over 11,000 feet).



Experience the tremendous biodiversity, witness the impacts of oil extraction, and visit indigenous communities struggling to maintain their cultural identity and ancestral land rights in the Amazon.


As a BCA Quito student, you will study the Spanish language and enroll in a wide variety of courses at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito.

Language Proficiency

  • Completion of two semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) is required for students planning to focus on Spanish language courses abroad.
  • Completion of four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) is required for students planning to enroll in regular courses, including courses for their major or electives, at Universidad. These courses are for native Spanish speakers so they require a higher proficiency in the language.

Required Courses

In addition to courses at the Universidad, all BCA Quito students complete a BCA Course that focuses on language and culture in the fall, and culture and social justice in the spring.

Choosing your Courses

Students can choose elective courses from those on offer at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. Almost all courses are taught in Spanish; if the course name is in English, the course is probably taught in English. To see a list of courses click here. Please note that not all courses will be available each semester.

The University

USFQ is a private, liberal arts university ranked in the top three of Ecuadorian universities by the Ecuadorian Council of Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education. USFQ is divided in 16 academic colleges and institutes spread across three campuses across Ecuador (Cumbayá-Quito, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, and the Galápagos Islands). he USFQ has played an important role in the development of higher education, scientific research, artistic creativity and entrepreneurial entrepreneurship in Ecuador, with its students, professors and especially its graduates the architects of these changes.

Click the Academics button above to learn more about: Popular Departments, Terminology, Pre-Requisites, Teaching Style, Assessments, Credits, and Course Registration


The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI) provides undergraduate research options for international students studying for a semester or year.  

USFQ is the only university in the world that owns a campus in the Galapagos Islands, and a campus in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve (Tiputini Biodiversity Station), one of Earth’s most biodiverse areas. 

Fast Facts

  • Four hundred students participate in the mandatory community service program every semester.
  • The university offers approximately 1,500 different courses every semester.
  • The university has a dental and medical clinic that serves the local community.


BCA is pleased to offer credit-bearing experiences or internship placements in a variety of disciplines through our Quito, Ecuador program. This is an opportunity to get beyond the classroom and fully integrate into Ecuadorian society. Three types of experiences are available including internships, research and service learning. Each experience is organized and supervised differently.

Many of the opportunities are service driven and are especially good for students in:

  • Education (Including student teaching opportunities)
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Professions

The BCA Central Office will work with you to arrange an internship for you while you are in Quito. Internships are available in a variety of disciplines and can be taken for 1 to 6 credits depending on your needs and the needs of the partner organization. Each credit requires approximately 40 contact hours with the partnering organization and must be overseen by an internship advisor. Depending on the subject matter, the advisor can be the BCA Quito Resident Director or it may be an advisor from your home school.



Everywhere you go you will encounter different cultures, socio-economic situations, traditions and foods. A significant part of the journey is your effort to understand the complexity of the country, city and school where you study. As you travel, whether to other parts of the country, or just on your daily commute to school, you will witness human challenges that most of us normally take for granted. Poverty, segregation and political instability are the norm. Your journey will be a true exploration of our new global society and hopefully your inauguration as a global citizen.


On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.

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Our program advisors will answer your questions, provide guidance on courses and scholarships and guide you step-by-step through the enrollment process.

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What's Included

BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Full-time Tuition & Fees
  • Homestay
  • Breakfast and dinner with host family
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Educational excursions
  • On-site resident director
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training
  • Academic advising
  • University official transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-campus internet access
Comprehensive Fees

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below, they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.

BCA Scholarships

BCA offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Application Dates

Fall Semester April 1
Spring Semester October 15

Program Dates

Fall Semester Late July to Mid-December
Spring Semester Early January to Mid-May


BCA strives to make studying abroad transparent and affordable for all students. The following budget sheet outlines program costs, as well as estimated additional expenses associated with your participation.

Prices subject to change without notice. All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.

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