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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year
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  • Program Sponsor: IES 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2021-2022 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: NOTE: You must submit an application to UVA and your outside program provider. The deadline above is for UVA’s application. The deadline for your outside program application may be earlier. Confirm the outside program’s application deadline on their website
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: NOTE: You must submit an application to UVA and your outside program provider. The deadline above is for UVA’s application. The deadline for your outside program application may be earlier. Confirm the outside program’s application deadline on their website

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 2000 level Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment at foreign institution, Internship, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Liz Wellbeloved Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Commerce, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geology, Internship, Linguistics, Other Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Quito - Area Studies & Language

Program Overview

With a population of nearly 1.8 million people, Quito is a vibrant and modern city that is famous for its beautiful colonial Spanish architecture. It is also the capital of Ecuador—one of the most biologically varied countries in the world. Come to Quito and immerse yourself in the local language and culture as you focus your studies on Ecuador's ecological and ethnic diversity and the challenges of development.

If you're interested in improving your Spanish language skills, this program offers you the opportunity to rapidly improve your Spanish through a rigorous language course taught by IES Abroad. You select the remainder of your courses from options available at IES Abroad and prestigious local universities.

Visit www.IESabroad.org for complete program details.

Why Quito?

Sit back, relax, and dream about the adventures that await you in Ecuador. First, imagine exploring Quito's vibrant neighborhoods and admiring the beautiful colonial Spanish architecture that makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, picture yourself studying the ecological diversity of the Galápagos Islands, standing on the equator in Mitad del Mundo, and hiking the mountain rainforest in Loja Province. Pack your bags now--South America awaits you.

Student Life

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.

Scholarships & Aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. Check out all of our scholarship options at www.IESabroad.org/aid.

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1

The IES Abroad Difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • $5+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

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Founded in 2005, the IES Quito program offers a rigorous semester and full-year undergraduate curriculum in Spanish. It partners with two universities--the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), where IES has classrooms and offices, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), where you can enroll in courses to complement the IES curriculum and join in local student activities.

IES Area Studies & Language Program
The IES Area Studies and Language Program focuses on Ecuador's ecological and ethnic diversity, and the challenges of development. With this program you will take:

  • an IES core course
  • Spanish language courses at PUCE
  • area studies courses at IES, PUCE or FLACSO.
You will choose a core course in Anthropology/Sociology, Environmental Studies, or Political Economics. Area studies courses from a wide range of disciplines are available at PUCE, FLACSO, and/or IES.

IES courses are taught in Spanish by native Spanish-speaking faculty, all of whom are well-known professors at IES partner universities. Field study complements classroom activities and enhances students' cultural integration, language acquisition, and intercultural competence. Internships and service learning are a significant part of the overall curriculum.

Quito City

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.

A third of the population is wholly indigenous, belonging to 12 distinct ethnic groups that speak 18 distinct languages, while 10 percent of the country's population is descended from African slaves. Four eco-regions--the Amazon basin, the high Andes, the coastal plain, and the Galápagos Islands--offer a wealth of flora and fauna that attract biologists, botanists, and environmentalists from around the world. Although Quito is only 22 miles from the equator, the city's high altitude ensures "eternal spring" temperatures throughout the year - the perfect destination for a semester or academic year abroad.