The Global Health summer program at the University San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is open to all institutions (partner and non-partner) interested in creating an Ecuadorian health science experience and to anyone studying a health science discipline. We offer a variety of health science classes, all in English, complemented by a community experience. The list of classes is subject to change, based on the demand and availability of the professor. Some examples of possible courses are: case studies in International Health, Medical Anthropology, Rural Economic and Social Development, and Intercultural Health. All classes will take place at USFQ's main campus in Cumbayá (30 minutes from downtown Quito). Each class will be worth 2 credits and meet 2-3 hours per week. An official USFQ transcript will be provided for each student, though the transfer of credits will depend on the home institution itself.

This program is available for individual students or student groups.

Custom Program and Co-Teaching:

The Global Health department also offers customized programs with a co-teaching option. Co-teaching aims to promote faculty exchange of knowledge, resources, and research.

An international university can design their own individual global health program, and may send their professors along with the students. If professors accompany the students, USFQ professors will co-teach 50% of the course. The 50% may be divided in different ways. For example, if the program contains two classes, the foreign and USFQ professors may teach 50% of each class or 100% of one class. USFQ will be responsible for providing all logistical support for the "hands-on" component, i.e. trips, community site visits, hospital tours etc. Students in this program will have the opportunity to visit, work, and/or participate in research in Global Health sites around Quito and neighboring participating sites. The sites include large, urban hospitals, small rural clinics, ambulatory clinics, and indigenous communities.


Program Requirements for individual students:

  1. Application form submitted 3 months in advance
  2. Proof of medical insurance (USFQ can provide this for a separate cost if desired by the student)
  3. Proof of immunizations
  4. Letter of recommendation from home institution
  5. Pre-departure online orientation

Program Requirements for university groups:

  1. 6 months' notice to plan accordingly
  2. Student recruitment, application, and acceptance process managed by home institution
  3. Minimum of 8 students (faculty members optional)/li>
  4. Pre-departure online orientation

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who can I contact regarding the Global Health Summer Program?
  2. How do I apply?
    See application form which details required documents.
  3. How much does the program cost?
    Contact Global Health for more information. Costs vary.
  4. What are the living arrangements?
    Students are recommended to stay with Ecuadorian host families.
  5. Who will be teaching the summer classes?
    Please review our list of collaborating professors.
  6. Can I obtain university credit?
    USFQ will provide an official transcript; the transfer of the credits depends on your home university and should be confirmed by the student with her/his university.
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