- Fall semester: April 15
- Spring semester: October 15
BCA Quito operates on a semester system, however, the end of a semester varies according to when class exams are scheduled. Since this information is not available until you register for your courses, BCA advises that you be flexible about your departure date from Quito.
Language of Instruction
Spanish. Completion of two semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) is required
Ecuador, Language and Culture (fall semester) (4 credits)
Ecuador: Culture and Justice (spring semester) (1 credit)
Host University: The University of San Francisco Quito
- A private university that offers more than 40 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 90% of classes are taught in Spanish.
- International students have access to all of the amenities that are available to full-degree students
- The International Programs office has agreements with universities throughout the world; each year students from more than a dozen countries are on campus.
Housing and Meals
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 receive a lunch allowance each month, since you will not normally be home at that time. Some students prefer to make their own box lunch or purchase food at the many cafes in or near the university.
Learn about Ecuador's history, culture and current issues, and receive intensive language training with BCA’s four-credit, four-week pre-semester course "Ecuador: Language and Culture.” (Fall and year-long students only.) Spring term students take the one-credit, 12-contact hour pre-semester course "Ecuador: Culture and Justice."
Resident Director Christopher Lupoli has been fascinated by Ecuadorian culture and geography since he spent his junior year in college studying in Ecuador nearly 15 years ago. He was fascinated by the friendly and free-spirited coastal Ecuadorian culture, while at the same time alarmed by the injustices brought upon the Ecuadorian people and coastal ecosystems as a result of the growing shrimp farming industry. He later served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama, in which he promoted sustainable agroforestry techniques in an isolated region inhabited by the Kuna indigenous people. This life-changing experience permitted him to view the world through a non-Western perspective and afforded him the opportunity to learn an indigenous language which he still uses today with his wife, Mery, a Kuna.
Educational Excursions and Activities
Your journey to the “land closest to the sun” will take you to the country’s diverse geographical regions, including:
- Galapagos Islands:A
five-day excursion to observe the amazing wildlife, learn about the
islands’ natural and cultural history, and meet the people who live
- Otavalo: A visit to the indigenous town of Otavalo and its world-renowned artisan market.
- Various day trips: Sites such as the Quito Historical Center, the cloud forest and a hike around a volcanic lake.
- Papallacta Hot Springs: Hot springs in the Andes (over 11,000 feet).
Multi-day trip to one of the following:
Journey to the Amazon to experience its tremendous biodiversity,
witness the impacts of oil extraction, and visit indigenous communities
struggling to maintain their cultural identity and ancestral land
- Coast: Visit to the northern coast of Ecuador to
experience the unique culture of Afro-Ecuadorians, learn about the
coastal mangrove ecosystem, and see first-hand the social,
environmental and economic impacts of the shrimp farming industry.
Volunteer or Internship Experiences
Participate in internships or volunteer work, including working in orphanages, day care centers, and schools for disabled children; teach English as a second language in local schools; and work in various non-profit Foundations. The BCA Quito director helps to arrange interesting volunteer work experiences.