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Universidad Espiritu Santo
Guayaquil, Ecuador (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
Year (SH) 2019-2020 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
Year (SH) 2018-2019 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
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Instruction Language: English, Spanish Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: French/Elementary, French/Intermediate, German/Elementary, German/Intermediate, Italian/Elementary, Italian/Intermediate, Japanese/Elementary, Japanese/Intermediate, Portuguese/Advanced, Portuguese/Elementary, Portuguese/Intermediate, Spanish/Advanced, Spanish/Elementary, Spanish/Intermediate
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Fields of study:
Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Communication/Advertising, Economics, Finance, History, Human Resources, International Business, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Psychology, Service Options, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility-Class: 03 Second Semester Sophomore
Credits/Term: 12-18
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Direct Enrollment
Housing Options: Home Stay
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Service or Volunteer Opportunites: Service or Volunteer Opportunities
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The City of Guayaquil

The site of UEES is Samborondón, just outside Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city with a population of approximately 2.5 million. Noted for its hustle and bustle, and the friendliness of its people, Guayaquil is the hub of an active import-export industry and serves as the financial center of Ecuador.
As one of Latin America's mega-cities, Guayaquil presents sharp contrasts between rich and poor, where glittering modern buildings exist alongside shanty towns lacking basic services. It is, in short, a place to learn about the realities of urban life in the tropics.

But the city and its environs also have a charming side. The historic Las Peñas district gives a glimpse of Guayaquil's elegant past, while an outing on the Morgan ship harks back to the day's when pirates were a constant threat to the city. The centerpiece of the city is its colorful boardwalk – Malecón 2000 – where Guayaquileños from all walks of life like to parade along the river.

Surrounding Guayaquil is a variety of fascinating and important ecological areas – mangrove swamps, desert, tropical dry forest, cloud forest, and pristine beaches – all within easy reach, and many of which UEES international students visit on field trips.

Combining all of these elements – history, culture and environment – is the Parque Histórico in Samborondón, just 5 minutes from the university. We encourage all students to visit the park, particularly in the company of their host families, to share a slice of Guayaquil life.


Students are permitted to take a maximum of 5 courses (15 credits) per semester. These can be made up in any one of the following 4 ways – Studies in English, Spanish Language Classes, Studies in Spanish, Service Learning – but a combination of some or all is usual.

Studies in English

A wide range of subjects at UEES are taught in English, enabling international students that do not have a high proficiency in Spanish to keep on track with their majors while also working on their language skills. While the largest selection of courses are in the areas of Business, Finance and Marketing, there is sufficient choice to enable students of most disciplines to take a full-time load for a semester or academic year.

Spanish Language Classes

Students in the Semester in Ecuador Program have the opportunity to learn, practice and perfect their Spanish language skills during their time at UEES. We offer six levels of Spanish language instruction, and two content focused levels of for those with advanced skills. Students are placed in the appropriate course according to their demonstrated level.

Studies in Spanish

Students who demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in Spanish may enroll in courses in one or more of the following colleges:

  • Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Law, Politics and Development
  • Liberal Arts and Education
  • Economics and Business Management
  • Tourism, Hotel Management and Culinary Arts
  • Computer Systems, Telecommunications and Electronics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Languages (Italian, French, Japanese, Mandarin) 
UEES International Programs begin with an Orientation Tour that allows students to see, experience and learn about Ecuador while receiving all the practical information they will need to help them adjust to the culture and get the most from their time in Latin America.
The tour starts in the capital Quito (the first city in the world to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site): a mix of immense colonial charm and modern convenience. The program then travels to the world-famous Otavalo indigenous market and nearby communities, before heading south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
For Semester in Ecuador students, the tour also includes a visit to the indigenous weavers of Salasaca, and a chance to hike on the slopes of Ecuador's highest mountain, Chimborazo.
During the Orientation Tour, students receive advice on health and safety, cultural adjustment, courses and internships, and – most importantly – how to live with a local host family. They also get to know each other and form friendships with students from all over the world. 

Service Learning: Internships and Volunteer Projects


We have a strong social focus, as we see service in the community as the perfect accompaniment to a true learning experience in Guayaquil. Accordingly we facilitate our international students in committing themselves to service learning placements at foundations or NGOs that work at addressing the acute social needs in the city.

We offer placements ideal for students and professionals in the fields of Education, Social Work, Health, Nursing, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistants, Psychology, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Nutrition, Business and Administration, International Relations and Development, and ESL/TESOL. Students are placed according to their skill sets and Spanish language level, and all placements are monitored by CEI staff, in consultation with the on-site supervisor.

These internships can be for credit or solely voluntary, but the level of commitment is the same (approximately 120 hours per semester). The service component allows students to make a positive contribution as they learn about other cultures, the dynamics between poor and rich countries, and themselves.

Volunteer Projects

Along with the long-term placements outlined above, we also offer the opportunity to get involved in a one-day work project in conjunction with one of our social partners. These volunteer projects do not require the same level of commitment as those outlined above, nor do they require any level of Spanish language ability. However, they do require a willingness to work hard and to make a donation toward the cost of the house.

Our principal work project is building houses with the NGO Hogar de Cristo, a Latin American NGO that has been supplying low-cost (at times no-cost) housing to the poorest of the poor in Guayaquil for many years. The foundation has supplied over 140,000 homes in Ecuador alone. Along with housing, Hogar de Cristo also provides education, basic health care, food and nutrition, and micro-credit to those with no access to such services.

UEES international students help to build houses, but in the end gain more than they contribute from the experience of working side-by-side with people from the city's poorest neighborhoods. We encourage students to also raise funds prior to departure for Ecuador. This money will go directly toward putting a roof over the head of a poor family. 


At UEES our goals are to provide students with a deeper and more genuine linguistic, academic and intercultural experience than the average study abroad program while in a secure, comfortable setting. Nothing helps achieve these goals quite like the homestay program. All of our families are vetted, regularly supervised, and live in the area close to the university campus.

Host families provide private room, 3 meals a day, and light laundry. But much more than that, they provide an opportunity to improve your Spanish skills, learn about Ecuadorian culture, and have a home away from home. The homestay family experience is probably the most enriching element of our program, ensuring that many students leave with lifelong friends in this corner of the world.

University Facilities 

The UEES campus is one of the most picturesque and best-equipped in Ecuador . We have a modern library; sports complex with gym, pool and fields; radio, television and music studios; student-run restaurant and café; doctor's surgery; fleet of private buses to transport students to and from classes; and a large number of computers spread throughout the university. We also have iguanas wandering around the main plaza.

International students at UEES are provided with an identity card that gives them access to all of these facilities at no extra charge.


Field Trips

Ecuador is so diverse, so rich in ethnicities, landscapes and commercial activities, it provides the perfect classroom for students of any discipline. CEI offers a variety of field trips, near and far, from half-day and daylong excursions to overnight and weekend trips.

The longest trip visits the historic city of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known for its colonial architecture and cobbled streets, Ecuador's third city oozes charm. The trip also takes in a guided hike through the windswept páramo of Cajas National Park, a visit to a typical Andean animal market, and the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

The community-based tourism project in the tiny coastal village of Dos Mangas gives participants a chance to have a very different experience. Here students can hike in tropical dry forest, view archaeological remains from Ecuador's oldest known culture, and learn local handicrafts directly from artisans. They might even be lucky enough to see monkeys…
Shorter trips take in dolphins and mangrove swamps at Puerto El Morro, and a plantation that produces two historically significant cash crops in this region: bananas and cacao (the “golden seed” used to make chocolate). 

Non-Included Travel Options

The diversity that Ecuador possesses in such a small space is amazing. Along with snowy peaks, areas of cloud forest and the coastal plain, are the two most precious natural treasures in all of Latin America: the Amazon Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands. A visit to either one (or both) is the perfect complement to the UEES Semester program, and we can help arrange these trips of a lifetime. Participants in UEES programs are recommended to make reservations for the Galápagos tour six months in advance of arrival in Ecuador. 

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