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Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Quito, Ecuador (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home Stay
Areas of Study: AACSB, AACSB - Business, Architecture, Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Communications, Culinary Arts, Dietetics and Nutrition, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Finance, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, International Business, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Marine Science, Marketing, Molecular Biology, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Program: Exchange
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Old Town, Quito, Ecuador

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private liberal arts university located in Quito, Ecuador. Quito has a population of more than 2.6 million and is the capital city of Ecuador. It boasts of one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Moreover, Quito is a center of economics and culture for the region. It is an ideal destination for those who want to immerse themselves in Spanish language and in a warm and inviting Latin American culture. 

Most courses are taught in Spanish although there is a very limited number of courses taught in English. USFQ requires exchange students to take an online Spanish placement exam to determine which courses he or she will be eligible to enroll in. More information about this exchange opportunity can be found on the USFQ international programs page.

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 15 hours for undergraduate Mississippi residents receiving financial aid, 12 hours for undergraduate non-residents, and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12-15 hours of credit (depending on residency) on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.

Exchange students will be placed by USFQ with carefully selected host families. Host families provide each student with their own bedroom, Wifi internet access, and two meals per day (lunch and dinner). 

For the USFQ exchange, students are responsible for paying:
  • Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
  • UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
  • Housing costs (details and payment are usually handled between the student and the host university)
  • Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Qualified students must first complete the online UM Study Abroad Application. Please note that upon submitting your application, a $100 application fee will be assessed to your UM Bursar Account. After acceptance by the UM Study Abroad Office, students will then be directed to complete the necessary application and to submit any additional required documents for the host university.

Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad and must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA.  Additional or more stringent requirements may apply depending on the program. USFQ exchange student applicants must also have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish. 

In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs.  All students should review the study abroad information on the Financial Aid Office website.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad.  Third party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Financial Aid Office.

For current tuition costs, the Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator.


USFQ International Student Handbook (pdf)

Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/09/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2020 05/10/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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