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Quito: Area Studies & Language

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Sponsor: IES Abroad

Location: Quito, Ecuador


Students take two mandatory courses designed for study abroad students and choose from elective courses offered at the Facultad Latinoamerica de Ciencias Sociales, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Ecuador, and/or IES area studies courses. Internship and service learning placements are available. Courses are taught in Spanish.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Spanish majors and minors must discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.
  • Read Internships and Service Learning for important information about earning credit.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IES application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

2 years (completion of 121-3 or 125) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.


Home stays

Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $22,820

Billed by Northwestern: $15,685

  • Tuition: $13,185
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $7,135

  • Room & board: $3,315
  • Airfare: $950
  • Local transportation: $350
  • Books & supplies: $240
  • Personal expenses: $1,700
  • Visa & registration: $235
  • IES insurance: $200
  • HTH: $145