How it works
The Leadership, Innovation, and Research in the Americas (LIRA) program combines academic courses in the social and environmental sciences with service learning, internship, and research opportunities or WEVAR (work experience, volunteer abroad or research opportunity). Participants in the program will enroll in a 4- or 8-week program, fully taught in English, and it will incorporate a number of field excursions to Ecuador’s various cultural and environmental ecosystems.
The program would be open to both international and local USFQ students and will allow students to complete 6- to 9-credits over the summer, in addition to gaining valuable personal and professional experience.
The student will be able to choose from our two modules 1. Social Sciences and/or 2. Environmental Sciences with an optional 1 week in our Galapagos Science Center.
From the environmental science perspective, the LIRA program will showcase Ecuador’s mega diversity, including visits to the Andes, the tropical rain and cloud forests, and the Galápagos Archipelago, offering students the opportunity to learn about data collection methods, experiment design, and conservation policy and management through immersive field work in world-renowned conservation & biodiversity sites. From the social science perspective, not coincidentally, the same locations and field work also represents an opportunity for students to explore questions in social & environmental justice, to learn about the narratives and identities of Ecuador’s indigenous communities, and to ultimately connect Ecuador’s local history & responses to these issues with global social & environmental problems and initiatives.
- Mindo/Cloud Forrest
- Salasaka Community
- Peguche Community
- Service Learning
(3-credits for either 4 or 8 weeks)
USFQ-UNC Chapel Hill Galápagos Science Center (GSC)
- Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS)/Rain Forrest
- Paramo region/Andes
|USFQ-UNC Chapel Hill Galápagos Science Center (GSC)|
* Tentative Program Structure: themes, content, field visits, and learning outcomes may vary depending on the assigned instructor
Housing and Costs
USFQ matches interested international students with carefully screened host families in Quito. Host families are required to provide students with their own bedroom (bathroom may be shared), Wifi internet access, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Host families generally live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of current fees.
Apply to the Cumbaya Program, in Academic Information please choose LIRA program.
Full time undergraduate student
Please contact email@example.com with any questions about the program or application process.
All international students studying at USFQ will have a transcript sent to their home university upon conclusion of their term at USFQ (at no additional charge). However, if students would like more than one copy or need to order additional copies at a later date, there is a fee of $15 for each transcript and $35 for international shipping. The information for the payment is below. At the time of payment please email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us that you are sending the check and how many transcripts you are paying for. We also need the physical mailing address(es) to where the transcript should be sent (no P.O. boxes), as well as a contact phone number.
Beneficiary Name: Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Beneficiary Account Number: 1422387
Street Address of Beneficiary: Diego de Robles S/N y Pampite, Campus USFQ
City, State, Country: Quito ECUADOR
Beneficiary Bank Name/Beneficiary: Pacific National Bank
Bank ABA Number: 066011350
SWIFT Code: PACIUS3X
Beneficiary Bank Address: 1390 Brickell Avenue
City, State, Country: Miami, FL, 33131
Along with the check to the bank, please enclose a short letter with the account data and mention the name of the person who it is for. If the bank does not receive something indicating the purpose of the deposit, it will be very difficult for us to identify the deposit and properly credit your account with the USFQ Treasury Office. Once payment is received we will issue the transcript and mail it to the address indicated in the email request.