USFQ Global Online

USFQ Global Online

  • How it works
  • Academic Info & Fees
  • Courses in English
  • Courses in Spanish
  • Application

How it works


USFQ Global Online (GO) is a new, blended learning initiative aimed at making international education accessible to all students and further developing international partnerships. Through this program, students will learn alongside, and share a classroom with individuals from all over the world. The objective is to create an immersive, online classroom experience that allows students to acquire new global knowledge and skills.

Online Research & Further Field Work Opportunities

Additionally, there are opportunities to participate in Online Research Projects. Students will participate in a problem-based approach to research and receive 4-5 hours per week of direct access to lead researchers and further mentoring opportunities. There will be an optional excursion at the end of the semester where students can visit Ecuador to conduct field work associated with their courses or research projects. To find out more, please click here.

Academic Info & Fees


The USFQ GO is carried out in a modular system, allowing students maximum flexibility with respect to other commitments.

Dates: Fall: August to December Spring: January to May

There are two modules in each semester, Fall 1/Spring1 which consists of weeks 1 to 8 and then Fall 2/Spring 2 which takes place during weeks 9-16.


USFQ's credit system is the same as the North American/United States system: 15 class contact hours is equal to 1 credit. Each USFQ course is worth 3 credits, international students will receive a transcript with 3-credit courses. Students can take up to 15 credits in one semester. There is no minimum credit hour requirement, meaning that students have the option to take a single course.


USFQ's grading scale is based on the standard U.S. scale: A, B, C, D, F (no pluses or minuses). There is no option to take a course on a “Pass/Fail” basis unless that is the grade structure for a particular course.


Students participating in this program through an exchange agreement must pay tuition at their home universities. The direct enrollment fee for the GO USFQ modular, online classes is $946 per class.

Courses in English

Students can choose from course offerings across our various GO themes (offered in English), and, depending on their Spanish level, can mix English and Spanish offerings to best suit their needs and interests.

  1. Go Global
    • Globalization
    • Colonial Theory
  2. Go Green
    • Environmental Humanities
    • Use of drones for Research, Conservation and Management
    • Renewable energy
    • Innovation and Sustainability
  3. Go Andean
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • Andean Anthropology
    • Andean History
  4. Go Art
    • Music and Revolution
    • Drawing 2
  5. Go Nature/Wild
    • Wildlife Management and Conservation
    • Origin of Species and Island Biodiversity
    • Ecology and Management of Native and Invasive plants of the Galapagos
  6. Go Fluent
    • Basic Quichua 1: This course introduces students to the Quichua language, spoken widely throughout the Andean regions of South America. In addition to developing basic communication skills, students will learn about the worldview, experience of time, relationships between people and nature, and general characteristics of different Quichua nationalities.
    • Basic Quichua 2: This course extends practice and develops knowledge beyond Quichua I. In particular, students will learn expressions of desire, liking, and knowing, as well as constructing questions and narration. It provides further practice in conversation and reading and listening skills, including music.
    • Spanish Language Proficiency Courses: USFQ Spanish courses focus on practical language skills and cultural knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world, using a communicative approach to teaching and learning. These courses emphasis speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities, and are taught by Native Speakers who represent the variety and richness of Spanish language and cultures. Proficiency levels range from beginner (A1) to threshold advanced (B2) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will take a placement exam to evaluate their initial proficiency before enrolling.
    • Language and Latin American Film: This course introduces students to Latin American cinema, exploring the cinematographic techniques and the social, political, and cultural contexts of each film. Students will develop oral and written communication skills through their study. LEVEL: Intermediate Spanish
    • Medical Spanish: This course is aimed at students, doctors, nurses, and health professionals whose native language is not Spanish. The course is focused on vocabulary, grammatical features, and communication situations common to the medical field to facilitate effective interaction with Spanish-speaking patients and their families. LEVEL: Intermediate/Advance Spanish.
    • SIELE Exam: This course prepares students to take the Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (SIELE) exam. It covers each of the exam components (Reading and listening comprehension, written expression and interaction, and spoken expression and interaction), as well as the exam structure and scoring. It also guides students through the registration process and practice for the exam. A must for anyone who needs to certify their Spanish skills for work or study!

Courses in Spanish

Students can choose the Spanish courses from across USFQ's ten colleges. USFQ offers hundreds of online courses each semester. USFQ online courses taught in Spanish can be found here.

Spanish Requirement

The Office of International Programs OPI strongly recommends that non-native Spanish speakers who would like to take USFQ courses in Spanish have at least two years (4 semesters, or 6 trimesters) of college-level Spanish prior to the start of the semester. However, the decision of eligibility in terms of Spanish language skills is left up to the student.

Spanish Exam

In order to evaluate our EPE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) students, the DLE (Department of Foreign Languages) has prepared an online exam to test a variety of language skills including: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammatical and lexical skills. The student will receive a placement exam score, which will be used to determine which courses the student is prepared to enroll in. This same exam will be used for placement in EAI (International Advanced Spanish) courses.
Spanish placement exam scoring:

  • Basic Spanish: 0 to 45 points
  • Intermediate Spanish: 46 to 70 points
  • Advanced Spanish: 71 to 90 points
  • Spanish fluency/close to native: 91 to 100 points

International students who wish to register for regularly offered USFQ subjects taught in Spanish must acquire an advanced Spanish score (71 or above) on the placement exam. They should also be prepared to dedicate extra time to these classes in order to get the most out of the class, especially in subjects that include technical or specialized language.

To take the practice exam go to:

Username: spanish
Password: spanish2012

Then click on “Simulación examen de español.” You will receive your score immediately after completing the exam.


Application Form

Please read our program requirements below and click here

Application Deadlines

Fall 1 (August to October): August 10th
Fall 2 (October to December): October 10th
Spring 1 (January to March): January 10th
Spring 2 (March to May): March 10th

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have:

  • Minimum sophomore standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (or minimum required by students’ home institution)

Please contact if you have questions or concerns regarding the online application.