Universidad San Franciso de Quito (USFQ) is located in Cumbayá, just 40 minutes from the Capital center of Ecuador which is surrounded by biodiversity and historic Spanish architecture. Here you will have the opportunity to take courses alongside local native students. Being one of the oldest private universities in Ecuador, it has one of the largest international exchange programs in the region. USFQ offers more than 1,500 courses each semester in various academic areas. This program also offers opportunities to join clubs, go on excursions, and participate in sporting events!
Fun fact about Ecuador: Did you know that there’s a spot in Ecuador where you can stand with one foot on the northern hemisphere and one foot on the southern hemisphere
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
- Students planning to take courses taught in Spanish are required to have taken SPAN 309 or equivalent prior to departure.
USFQ offers courses in Spanish and English. Students are required to take a Spanish language course and are allowed to take courses in any department given the discipline and language prerequisites are met. All students will take a Spanish language placement assessment.
Humanities & Economics
Please visit the following to view the USFQ's Course Catalog
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at USFQ. The equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits.
3 USFQ Credits = 3 U.S. Credits
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted for courses at USFQ:
The academic calendar at USFQ varies slightly from the Mason academic calendar. Fall semester courses begin in early August and ends in December; spring semester courses begin in January and end in May.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
You will have the option to arrange housing through USFQ with host family accommodations or you can arrange your own accomodations through third-party housing providers.
If choosing host family accommodations, USFQ carefully match students with screened host families within a 15-45 minute commute to campus via public transport. Host families are required to provide students with their own bedroom, bathroom may be shared, WIFI, and 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner).
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Chile's website for further information.
|If you are a U.S. citizen...
You will receive a Tourist Visa with an extention for 180 days to study in Ecuador for a semester. You can receive this visa as long as you have not been in Ecuador within one year prior to your date of arrival and don't plan to return to Ecuador within 200 days of the end of your study abroad program.
If you will study in Ecuador for an academic or calendar year, you will be required to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa.
|If you are a non-U.S. citizen...
Your visa application process may look a bit different, and there may be additional visa application requirements you need to meet
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.