Cumbayá Program

Program Overview

International students who wish to experience life in Quito and study at USFQ’s main campus should apply to the Cumbayá program and take courses at USFQ alongside local students.

USFQ offers nearly 2 000 courses each semester in a wide variety of disciplines in which more than 80 courses are taught in English. Students with almost any academic interest can find exciting and challenging enrolment options.

Outside of the classroom, students can enjoy what the city of Quito has to offer. Surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods and beautiful colonial architecture that makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Students can apply for the following dates:

  • Fall: August – December
  • Spring: January – May
  • Summer: May – July


  • Academic year: August - May
  • Calendar year: January - December 

More information about Cumbayá Program: Click here




  • Fall Semester or Academic Year: June 1
  • Spring Semester or Calendar year: October 25
  • Summer Term: May 1

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have:

  • Minimum sophomore standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (or minimum required by students’ home institution)
  • Recommended minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish

Please contact with any questions about the program or application process.

Course Options

Students participating in the Cumbayá Program are able to choose their courses from across USFQ's ten colleges. USFQ offers hundreds of courses each semester in Spanish and in English. Spanish language classes at all levels are also offered to international students. Courses offered can be searched in our online schedule of classes.


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 to 45-minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus in Cumbayá valley.

To learn more about the host family experience, check out this video:


Student´s tuition fees are waived for students who come as an exchange student from Universities that have an exchange agreement with USFQ. Please check with your home institution if you are uncertain of your status. If you are interested in direct enrollment please contact for a list of current fees.