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Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

170157 Diego de Robles s/n Quito View map


Based in Quito, Ecuador, the is the only university in the world to have a campus in the Galapagos islands and in the Amazon Rainforest, where world-class scientists conduct groundbreaking research and teaching.

  (USFQ) offers 51 bachelor’s degrees, over 15 master’s programs and a PhD program, taught mainly in Spanish with a number of English options. Some of the subjects offered are:

  • Marine Biology
  • Journalism
  • Digital media production
  • Agronomy
  • Anthropology
  • Tai-Chi
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental engineering 
  • Veterinary

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Closely following the American model, USFQ are a . They believe in freedom as a fundamental human characteristic, and in training students to become well-rounded “world citizens”, leaders and entrepreneurs. As a research-centric university, USFQ has the highest number of PhDs in the country; a strength they leverage across all subjects.

USFQ is truly an international university. Over one thousand international students make their way to USFQ every year for a semester abroad or for their tailor made programs. With one of the best top study abroad programs in the country, USFQ has nearly 250 general research agreements with international institutions, including 114 student exchange programs with over 24 countries. As a member of the prestigious , for example, USFQ College of Music (CoM) has become a leading school in the teaching of contemporary music and musical production in South America. They have over 100 full time international faculty representing 30 countries from all 5 continents.

Their main campus in the Cumbaya valley next to Quito is about 25 acres, and features a hospital, specialised dentistry clinic, eight restaurants and the largest academic library in Ecuador with 1 million titles. 

USFQ has the highest employability rate in the country and over 100 students admitted to international traineeships in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US every year.

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Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Architecture and Interior Design School

Arts and Communication School

Biological and Environmental Sciences School

Business and Economics School

Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism School

Health Sciences School

Law School

Science and Engineering School

Social Studies and Humanities School

University Highlights

Total students - 7,430


International students - 407


Total faculty staff - 485


Total students - 7,430


International students - 407


Total faculty staff - 485

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