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  • Locations: Samborondon, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum Grade Point Average: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay, On-Campus KU Program Type: Exchange
Provider: Kutztown U
Program Description:

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Immerse yourself in a fully Spanish-speaking environment, live with a host family, participate in service learning, and explore the capital, Quito, as well as the Amazon Rainforest Galapagos Islands and more from this site. Many courses in English.


City: Samborondon
Province: Guayas
Country: Ecuador 
Population: 11,000 
About 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. The Amazon Rainforest and Galápagos Islands are within reach of UEES.

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 environment 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 is reminiscent of the the days 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.


Founded: 1994
Student Population: 5,000
Language of Instruction: English and Spanish 
Degrees Offered: Bachelor's and Master's 

University Website
Exchange Student Website

The UEES campus features a modern library; sports complex with a gym, pool, and fields; radio, television, and music studios; student-run restaurant and café; physicians on staff; and a large number of computers throughout the campus. UEES organizes service-learning opportunities, excursions, and cultural activities for international students.

  • 24 credits
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Good disciplinary standing
Academic Details

KU students will receive transfer credit for courses completed at UEES. The equivalent of the U.S. grade of C- or higher is required for course credit to transfer to KU. Students will work with their KU academic advisor to select courses that best fit the student's course of study. Courses will be reviewed by KU and pre-approved for transfer back to KU before the student begins the study abroad program.

All students are required to take Spanish courses in addition to any English courses in which they enroll. Students will take a placement test and have a Skype interview with UEES faculty for placement.

Academic Calendar
  • Spring/First Semester: January-April
  • Fall/Second Semester: Late August-December
  • Summer: Six week session
Language of Instruction: English and Spanish 
Majors: Many courses are offered in English, six (6) levels of Spanish-language classes are available, as well as many subjects taught in Spanish. 

Credit information
  • UEES has  a similar credit system as the U.S.
  • Most courses are three (3) credits.
  • Exchange students take up to 15 credits per semester.
  • Transcripts are issued in English.

Most students stay with a host family which provides two meals per day and light laundry services. All accommodations are located within 10 km of campus. On-campus residence halls are available for female students. For more information, visit the UEES accommodations website.


Host families provide two (2) meals a day. Students living with a host family will shop for groceries and pack a lunch every day.

Students living in the campus residence halls prepare their own meals.

Additional Program Details

Visa: A non-immigrant student visa is required to study in Ecuador: Consular Visa Services | Visa Application Requirements | Student Visa Information | FBI Channeler
Airport pick-up: UEES offers an airport pick-up service for students who arrive on one of the days they offer it.
Orientation: A comprehensive six (6) day orientation program that begins in Quito is offered to new students. Topics include health, safety, culture shock, and more.
Cultural Seminar: International students attend a weekly cultural seminar.
Spanish Buddies Club: Exchange students are matched with a local student to practice their language skills.

Financial Details

Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar as their currency.

Program Cost: Students pay KU tuition and fees for the semester(s) they study abroad
Processing Fee: $30.00
Visa: $150 USD plus the cost of the FBI channeler for a background check (approx. $100) and document translation
Insurance: The mandatory GeoBlue study abroad insurance is about $13 per week
Orientation in Quito: The one-week orientation in Quito costs $550.
Housing and meals: The cost for a homestay with two meals a day is currently $550 per month, payable to UEES.
Excursion: $180 for one overnight trip and one day trip
Service Learning: $50 donation for service learning/volunteer projects
Other Expenses: Airfare, local travel, lunch, books and supplies, and personal expenses
Financial Aid: Review the Financial Aid website for more information about financing your study abroad program and apply for any scholarships for which you are eligible.