USFQ Summer School

USFQ Summer School

  • How it works
  • Public Health Program
  • Archaeology Field Program
  • Media & Design Program
  • Wildlife Veterinary Program
  • USFQ Placements

How it works

The USFQ Summer School offers a number of globally relevant and hands-on learning opportunities for international students. Participants in the Public Health Program will take further steps into the health profession through our research- & internship- based tracks; participants in the Archeology Field Program will uncover ancient civilizations off the Ecuadorean coast; participants in the Wildlife Veterinary Program will gain knowledge, skills and abilities in wildlife veterinary and conservation medicine; finally, participants the Media & Design Program will combine art, design, and entrepreneurship to create sustainable and impact-driven products through USFQ’s prototyping laboratory DLAB.

Additionally, international students who wish to advance their professional or academic profiles can participate in 6-week individual internships or research projects. These placements will be done on an individual basis, focusing on the student’s field of study and area of interest.

Finally, international students who wish to experience life in Quito can take 3 credit, 6-week courses focusing on (1) Service Learning and Community Outreach or (2) Spanish as a Second Language. For the language course, students can also take a SIELE Exam, an international certificate that allows them to work a Spanish speaking context.

Public Health Program

How it Works:

Students will enroll in a 6-week program where they will either shadow local health care practitioners or participate in research projects, gaining first-hand experience into public health problems and approaches in Ecuador. They will work under mentors, engage in public health practice and research activities, and visit public health agencies and programs. This program is suitable for both undergraduate as well as graduate students.

Application deadline: March 1 | Click here to learn more.

Archaeology Field Program

The north coast of Ecuador housed one of the most remarkable societies of the New World, known as the Jama Coaque culture circa (300B.C-1540 A.D). During almost 18th centuries, the Jama Coaque chiefdoms many difficulties including constant ash fall from the nearby volcanoes in highlands, constant flooding as a result of el Niño, and heavy seismic activity that has affected the area since ancient times. Archaeological research has been centered on the Coaque valley, where a series of complex social formations have developed since around 1200 B.C. Since 2014, USFQ has been working with the Coaque community to conduct regional surveys, identify various archeological site, and develop excavations projects.

As part of this program, students will enroll in a 6 week, 9-credit program and be trained on archaeological field and laboratory methods, including archaeological surveys and excavations. Both surveys and excavations will take place at the site of Coaque, near the town of Pedernales. In addition to housing, students will have access to basic laboratories and on-site activities facilitated by the community.

Application deadline: March 1 | Click here to learn more.

Media & Design Program

Students will enroll in two 3 week, 3-credit courses focusing on Design & Media Studies. During the first course, students will have the opportunity to re-shape biomaterials and sustainable textiles into products & services through USFQ’s prototyping laboratory DLAB. During the second course, students will travel to the Galápagos Islands to learn about sustainability and the challenges it poses to local communities. They will use design-thinking methodologies to create impact-driven solutions to address the community’s needs.

Application deadline: March 1 | Click here to learn more.

Wildlife Veterinary Program

This program offers a 6 week, 6 credit program focusing on wildlife veterinary science. Students will gain an understanding on the active roles of veterinaries have in shaping the challenges and solutions of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Through the framework of One Health, an interdisciplinary approach of the connections and interactions between the health of animals, humans, and ecosystems, students will participate in hands-on activities and field work to gain knowledge, skills and abilities in wildlife veterinary and conservation medicine.

Application deadline: March 1 | Click here to learn more.

USFQ Placements

USFQ Work Experience, Service Learning, or Research Opportunities

International students who wish to advance their professional or academic profiles can participate in 6-week individual internships or research projects. These placements will be done on an individual basis, focusing on the student’s field of study and area of interest.

Additionally, those who wish to experience life in Quito can take 3 credit, 6-week courses focusing on (1) Service Learning and Community Outreach or (2) Spanish as a Second Language. For the language course, students can also take a SIELE Exam, an international certificate that allows them to work a Spanish speaking context.

Program Dates: May 16 - June 27, 2020