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Study Abroad in Ecuador

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Interested in spending a semester abroad? Learn more about Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo in Guayaquil, Ecuador!

Life-changing experiences can be closer than you realize, and the study abroad program in the coastal, historic city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, provides you with the opportunity to access all that South America has to offer. Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo (UEES) is ideal for motivated and open-minded students, because it provides full immersion in a different culture and language. Following a multi-day orientation tour, students live with a local family in a homestay. Overnight field trips and seminars about the local culture are woven into your academic experience, and you will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the local community. In addition to intensive Spanish language instruction, travel, and intercultural learning, UEES also offers courses in major disciplines that include business, communication, economics, finance, and marketing and service-learning placement in the community.



  • UEES has a 3.00 minimum GPA requirement.

  • Semester, year-long, and summer programs available. Fall Semester: mid-August to mid-December. Spring Semester: early January to mid/late April. Summer is about four weeks long, starting in early or mid-June.

Course and Subject Offerings

  • Business (Accounting and Economics, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Finance, International Business, Law, Management, Marketing, Tourism)

  • Languages (required Spanish, plus French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese)

  • A wide variety of electives such as Ecology, Environmental Psychology, Intercultural Communication, Mathematics, World Civilization are offered.

  • The Summer Program consists of Spanish language instruction and Service-Learning work—both for university credit.

  • For a list of courses offered for international/study abroad students, please contact the Office of Study Abroad at

  • For students with a B1 intermediate level of Spanish, UEES offers a virtual course “Cultura y Literatura Ecuatoriana.” For a course description, please contact the Office of Study Abroad at



Students live in a homestay with a local Ecuadorian family; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily by the family. The families typically live on the Samborondón peninsula, the area where the UEES campus is located.


General Information

  • Most students take a course called “Institutions in Society,” which includes a Community Service component. If the course is not offered, students can still choose to be placed in a variety of community organizations that address pressing social needs in Guayaquil, such as health, nutrition, education, shelter and housing, and environmental protection or work with the physically and mentally disabled, street children, and other marginalized members of society. Students are placed according to their skill sets and Spanish language level.

  • For information about some of the extracurricular activities available, click here.



Scholarships are available. Click here for a database of scholarships and contact


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