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Exchange (Bilateral) Ecuador: Espiritu Santo University (UEES)
Guayaquil, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral)
Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
Housing Options:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
Business, Finance, Marketing, Spanish
Target Language:
Program Description:

Espíritu Santo University

UW-W Exchange Program

Location Guayaquil, Ecuador
Eligibility 2.5 GPA, All majors
Terms Semester, Summer, Academic Year
Academic Focus Across the Curriculum
Language of Instruction English and/or Spanish
Partner Website Click Here


Ecuador has it all: from snow-capped volcanoes to long sandy beaches; from bustling cities to rural communities; from indigenous tradition to modern convenience; from incredible natural riches to extreme poverty and inequality; from the Amazon Rainforest to the Galápagos Islands. You name it, Ecuador has it.

In other words, Ecuador is the ideal classroom: the perfect destination for students with a true interest in seeing and learning about the world.
The Universidad Espiritu Santo offers both short-term programs (Summer) and full semester programs (Spring and Fall), which combine the best practices of study abroad with the experience of studying at an Ecuadorian university, giving students the best of both worlds.


A wide range of subjects at UEES are taught in English, enabling international students that do not have a high proficiency in Spanish to keep on track with their majors while also working on their language skills. While the largest selection of courses in English are in the areas of Business, Finance and Marketing, there is sufficient choice to enable students of most disciplines to take a full-time load for a semester or academic year.

Students in the Semester in Ecuador Program have the opportunity to learn, practice and perfect their Spanish language skills during their time at UEES. They offer six levels of Spanish language instruction, and two content focused levels of for those with advanced skills. Students are placed in the appropriate course according to their demonstrated level.  Each semester is divided into two terms, allowing students to take up to two levels of Spanish in one semester. Students take 4-5 courses (12-15 credits) in total per semester - 2 or 3 courses each half-semester.

Students who demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in Spanish may enroll in the the Spanish language curriculum, including courses in Communication, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Business and Economics, Tourism, and Computer Science/IT, and biological sciences.  

The following Spanish courses are offered every semester:

First half semester:
Second half semester: 
Each semester, a selection of courses are taught in English.  While the exact course offerings may vary slightly from year to year, they should be very similar to the following lists:

Fall Semester 
Fall I and Fall II 2015 Course List.pdf

Spring Semester
Winter 2015 course list (Jan-Mar).pdf
Spring I 2015 course list (Mar-Apr).pdf

(Note that UW-Whitewater students cannot take the English courses labeled “bridge,” since those are classes for non-native English speakers learning English and not suitable for native/fluent English speakers.)
Every semester, UEES offers a course called Institutions in Society (institution in society 2015.pdf) where students are placed in a service-oriented volunteer/internship position and also have class meetings to go along with it.

NOTE: UEES offers a semester/academic year exchange program and offers summer programs on Spanish language and culture on a non-exchange basis. For more information on summer programs offered at UEES, please visit


Students in the program are able to choose between a home-stay and university residences, though the university strongly suggests that international students choose a home-stay experience so that the student can be fully immersed in the culture .

All home-stays include a private room, three meals a day, as well as light laundry. All of the host families are vetted, regularly supervised, and live close to the university campus. A home-stay is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn or improve Spanish language skills as well as learn about Ecuadorian culture. Living with a host family also provides students with a “home away from home.” 

University residence spaces are limited and reserved exclusively for female students. Some single rooms are available but most are double occupancy. The university residences are fully furnished houses with in-home cooking and laundry facilities.  For more information on accommodation, click here.


Student Life and Surroundings

Straddling the Equator on the northwest coast of South America, Ecuador is characterized by an incredible cultural and geographic diversity that takes in the Galápagos Islands, the coastal areas of the Pacific, the Andean Mountains, and the headwaters of the Amazon River.

Ecuador has been named as one of the world's few “Mega-Diverse” countries by the United Nations' World Conservation Monitoring Center. This diversity goes well beyond the natural world, as Ecuador is home to at least 20 distinct ethnic groups, and an estimated 23 languages are spoken in the country.

From Guayaquil you can reach all parts of the country, including the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, and the Andes mountains in a fairly short time by bus or via the international airport.

Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad.  As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,824
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 136
Subtotal $4,235
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Room and Board** 2,600
UEES Orientation Fee 450
Personal/Miscellaneous 1,500
Passport and Photos 150
Ecuador Student Visa 130
Round-Trip Airfare 900
Subtotal $5,730
Total*** $9,965

*2016-17 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
**For homestay housing option. Other housing option are available (
***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $9,292


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program. Students studying in Ecuador are required to obtain a student Visa.

Key Dates

Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year March 15th Late August to Late April
Fall Semester March 15th Late August to Late December
Spring Semester October 1st Early January to Late April
Summer April 1st Various


CGE Exchange Coordinator:
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
         262-472-5759 (appointments)

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. Jim Disrude
Department of Communication
Office: Heide 402
Tel:  262-472-1607

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. Peter Hoff
Department of Languages and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3110
Tel: 262-472-1591