Quito, Ecuador (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Next Program will run in Spring 2017
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE)
The University and Program
Loyola in Ecuador is based at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), a Jesuit University, located in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. PUCE, founded in the mid-twentieth century by the Society of Jesus, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious private educational institutions in Ecuador and is home to 14,000 students.
The program will provide students with an exciting individualized program combining Spanish language instruction, a course on Ecuador and Latin America with a service learning component taught by the Resident Director, Belén Montesinos, academic courses in Spanish for those with adequate proficiency, biology internships and field trips to various locations including the Amazon and the Galapagos in alternating semesters.
The city of Quito, founded in 1534 at an altitude of 9,350 feet, is a major metropolitan area with a population of almost 2 million. The Historic Center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas and was one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.
Quito is located in Ecuador's Guayllabamba river basin, which makes up part of the country's highlands region. The city is surrounded by many volcanoes, with Pichincha being the closest one. The average temperature hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is divided into two seasons: dry and wet.
Fall – Ecuador and Andean Societies: This course will focus on Ecuador in a comparative perspective with the other Andean countries (Peru, Bolivia and Colombia). The course will cover gender issues, indigenous and mestizo identity, urbanization and the informal sector, popular uprisings, and political regimes in particular different types of populisms. During the fall semester, students will tentatively visit the Amazon, and indigenous and mestizo villages.
Spring – Minority groups, politics and regional integration in Latin America: This course will provide an understanding of political, gender and ethnic issues in contemporary Ecuador and Latin America in light of new political constitutions, particularly how they affect women, Afro-Latin Americans, and Island inhabitants. It also analyzes the impact of the economic and political relationship between China and Latin America.It also includes topics related to the three field trips to Esmeraldas, Galapagos and Riobamba and “Nariz de Diablo”.
Spanish Language Classes
All students on the program will study with students from all over the world which allows for a wonderful opportunity to learn about Ecuador and explore the rest of the world at the same time. Students beginning the program at the 5th level will be able to take other academic courses at PUCE.
Biology Courses taught in English at PUCE
Academic Courses in Spanish
Biology Research Internships
Research internships are available for students majoring in biology in one of the many laboratories at PUCE. Students applying for the internship should have completed their introductory courses in biology and chemistry.
Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
Housing and Meals
Students will be placed in homestays no more than 20 minutes from campus. Wireless access will be available on campus if not in the homes, and the rooms are furnished.
Non-Loyola applicants: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or have your study abroad advisor from home institution send an email to email@example.com with your name, date of birth, major, and email.
Useful links for the Visa application process are listed on the website of PUCE's Department for International Relations (DRI).