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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

Term Notes: This program follows the Ecuadorian academic calendar: Fall Quarter begins in early August and ends in mid-December. Winter/Spring Quarters begin in mid-January and end in late May.


  • 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.
  • Read Credit Enrollment requirements for information about maintaining a full-time course load while abroad.

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.


Homestays (21 meals/week)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2015: $23,620

Billed by Northwestern: $16,225

  • Tuition: $13,665
  • SAAF: $2,560

Estimated additional costs: $7,395

  • Room/board & insurance: $3,655
  • Airfare: $1,000
  • Local transportation: $415
  • Books & supplies: $260
  • Personal expenses: $1,800
  • Visa & registration: $265

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