Host Families

All incoming students will be placed with local Ecuadorian host families. Depending on the location of your program, you will be placed in Quito or Cumbayá to be within a reasonable distance of your daily destination. Host family stay includes: breakfast and dinner, private bedroom, bathroom (may be shared), laundry, WiFi, and transportation to and from the airport.

The host family is part of the cultural and language immersion experience for international students. Our host families are all briefed, and have to apply and pass an application process. They also sign a contract with the university to guarantee the well-being of our students and a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable stay.

In the case the applicant has his/her own hosting arrangements, we strongly recommend a location in the surroundings of Cumbayá Valley or as close as possible to USFQ’s School of Medicine and our teaching hospital Hospital de los Valles. This will facilitate the students easy access to different academic activies.


All incoming students will go through a thorough orientation process to prepare them for the cultural differences they will encounter during their stay.

Orientation is divided into two parts: pre-departure and arrival. The predeparture orientation will consist of online discussion sessions; one about the Ecuadorian healthcare system so students will be aware of the environment they are about to experience and the other to discuss health and safety, packing, local transportation, host families, etc.

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