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Ecuador – international student study guide

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Ecuador

When you think of Ecuador, you might immediately think of turtles floating in the shallows of the Galapagos Islands – and you’d be right; the country is a tropical paradise.

But did you know that it also stretches as far as the Andes, and the Amazon? Or that its capital city, Quito, was the first in the world to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status? Or that lakes, beaches, mountains and jungles are only a stone’s throw away?

Ecuador is moving forward in an increasingly globalised world, and offers almost unrivalled opportunities for students with a sense of adventure.

With some of the oldest universities in the whole of Latin America found in the country (Quito has universities dating from the 17th Century), students will find history in abundance – contrasting excitingly with Ecuador’s specialisms in technology, science and maths.

Bachelor Degree In Ecuador

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Ecuador with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Ecuador

There are more than 70 universities in Ecuador, educating in excess of 61,000 students.

There are both public and private universities in Ecuador, and positive changes to the higher education system in recent years have seen tougher standards imposed on institutions and lecturers in order to raise standards.

There has been a large amount of growth in the sector over the past two decades, particularly in numbers of private universities, and there are currently nine Ecuadorian universities in the QS rankings for Latin America.

The Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador’s capital city, is the most successful university in the country.

The other universities ranked highly by QS are:

- Universidad Central del Ecuador
- Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador
- Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
- Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil
- Universidad de Cuenca

Tuition Fees in Ecuador

Explore tuition fees in Ecuador for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

In Ecuador, undergraduate degrees run for almost the entire year, with two semesters – the spring semester (usually starting in January) and the autumn semester (usually starting in August.)

Like most undergraduate courses across Latin America, they usually take four years to complete. Other courses, such as medicine, may take up to six years to complete.

The language of teaching in Ecuador is Spanish, so you’ll need to be proficient in order to gain a place on and succeed on a university course. It is likely that you’ll need to take a language test as part of the admission process for your university.

Immigration & Visa in Ecuador

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Ecuador, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

International students studying in Ecuador need to obtain a Student Visa (12-V), which is valid for a minimum of six months and needs to be renewed after one year. You can obtain this visa from the Ecuadorian embassy in your home country. The 12-V visa costs approximately $130.

To obtain a 12-V visa you must have been accepted either to a public university of a private university with government recognition. You will need to provide documents that prove this.

You must also be able to prove that you have at least $1,000 (US dollars) to cover your expenses.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Ecuador

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Ecuador.

Whilst staying in Ecuador it’s likely that you’ll live with a host family, which will enable you to fully absorb the local culture and immerse yourself in a typical family’s life.

Possible benefits of a homestay include:

• a welcoming environment
• regular cooked meals
• your own room
• laundry service
• extra security


In the majority of cases, host families will have been carefully selected and vetted by your university, and they may even have been matched with you because you share similar interests. You can find out more about host families here.

If staying with a host family isn’t for you (maybe you want more independence than this would allow) there are also various options for independent housing. Check with your university to see what help they can give you.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Ecuador. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Ecuador?

Ecuador is relatively safe, although international students (and visitors in general) are advised to stay away from the Columbian border. It’s also advisable to take general security precautions, as you would in any foreign country. Students should keep themselves safe by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying in another country might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Ecuador

Apply to Study in Ecuador and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Ecuador.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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Cities in Ecuador