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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.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern 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 2017: $23,195

Billed by Northwestern: $16,070

Estimated additional costs: $7,125

  • Room/board & insurance: $3,530
  • Airfare: $800
  • Local transportation: $420
  • Books & supplies: $315
  • Personal expenses: $1,800
  • Visa & registration: $260

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