USFQ Global Online

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 US $900 independent students per class and US$800 USFQ Alumni and participating students from a partner institution. 

Courses in English

Students can choose from course offerings offered in English, and, depending on their Spanish level, can mix English and Spanish offerings to best suit their needs and interests.

Go Global

  • Soccer in Latin America
  • International Business

Go Green

  • Renewable energy
  • Innovation and Sustainability
  • Climate Change and Society

Go Art

  • Watercolor Workshop 1
  • Drawing 1

Go Wild

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands
  • Mountain Ecology in the High Andes
  • Carnivore Ecology and Conservation

Go Fluent

  • Basic Quichua 1
  • Basic Quichua 2
  • Medical Spanish
  • Spanish Language Proficiency Courses. Six different levels. Students will take a placement exam to evaluate their initial proficiency before enrolling
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Language and Latin American Film
  • Siglo de Oro
  • Historia Andina
  • Antropología Cultural

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

Click on Course Overview and then on Practice Exam.

Click on Examen de práctica para probar dispositivo de audio (this is to check the audio). Go to the bottom of the page and click on Reintentar el cuestionario (retry de questionnaire) and Comenzar Intento (Start).

After answering the question click on Enviar todo y terminar two times.

To take the test click on PE on the upper left-hand side and then on Simulación del examen. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Reintentar el cuestionario.

After answering all the questions click on Enviar todo y terminar two times.

You will receive the score right after.



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.