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SBU & the Consortium of Global Education’s Global Connections Study Abroad Program in Ecuador

The Consortium of Global Education and SBU's Flagship Program is in Ecuador with the University of San Francisco in Quito. The program is open to all students. Students from non-CGE Member schools have an additional fee.

Spend an entire semester in full-time academic study in Ecuador at the University of San Francisco, Quito. The cost of this program is dependent on your individual school's policies. At SBU and for students from Non-CGE schools, this cost is close to a SBU's normal tuition, housing, meal plan and fees. Please contact Dr. Tompkins to find out more. Flights and some other expenses are paid by the student. Please see below for more details Participation requires a SBU GPA of 2.5 or greater and to be in good financial and academic standing with the university.

Most Courses Will Be Taught in English!
Students will be able to take up to 15 hours of courses included with the program. Course details are explained below. One required and one elective course will be taught by the SBU Professor in residence.

The main campus in Quito, in the Andes Mountains. In this program you can take advantage of the beautiful main campus of USFQ.  External financial aid may be applicable. Contact Dr. Tompkins to discuss this program.

Location: USFQ Campuses, Quito, in a suburb called Cumbaya, about 45 minutes by bus outside Quito
Housing: Home stays in Cumbaya included
Food: Two meals, breakfast and dinner with host family per day are included. Lunch and meals while travelling are independent of the program.
Excursions: Fees include many fantastic excursions:

Language Requirements: Conversational Spanish Convenient but not required.
Other expenses: Local transportation by bus from home stay to campus, flight to Quito, Ecuador Visa, miscellaneous expenses, additional excursions.
Non-SBU students must complete and sign the SBU Principles and Expectations Statement.


Schedule of Dates, Spring 2013

Last day to register for program to receive Early-Application Scholarship. SBU Students ONLY.

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Deposit and Application Forms Required to The COSM Office:

Friday 12 October 2012

Deadline for student notification if accepted into program:

Monday 15 October 2012

Document Submission Deadline Date:

Monday 22 October 2012

Students Arrive:

Saturday 5 January 2013

Orientation for International Students:

Monday-Tuesday January 7-8, 2012

Tiputini Trip


Galapagos Trip and Course

Spring Break

Last day of classes:

Tuesday 7 May 2013


Thursday 9 May – Saturday 18 May 2013

Recommended Departure Date:

Sunday 19 May 2013 (two days earlier could be arranged for SBU students needing to attend graduation.)



Schedule of Expenses Spring 2013

SBU Tuition, Housing, Meal Plan & Fees:

Contact Dr. Tompkins

Deposit (non-refundable after June 5):


Student Travel/Health Insurance


Necessary Shots

TBA At Student's Expense

Flight and Visa to Quito Ecuador

At Student's Expense

Third daily meal, extra excursions, books, local transportation & Miscellaneous

At Student's Expense

*Student Federal & State Financial Aid is Available as normal on campus. This deposit is for SBU students and non-CGE Students. Other CGE Member Schools have individually set their prices and policies. Please see your International Programs Office for details.

 We do not know the exact courses that will be taught in English at USFQ at this time. In the spring of 2012 over 30 courses were taught on campus in English. For a course listing as an indicator of spring 2013, please go to: USFQ English Spring 2012 Courses. Note, it is not guaranteed that these same courses will be offered in the spring of 2013, this is only for informational purposes only!

Course Structure

Course Title


Credit Hours

1. Ecuadorian Semester/Capstone Experience Seminar

Required of all GCSA students. Only GCSA students will be enrolled. Taught by Dr. Klostermeyer.


2. International Relations

Optional for all GCSA students. USFQ students may be enrolled. Taught by Dr. Klostermeyer.


3. ESL (Español as a Second Language)

Required of all students that cannot demonstrate an Intermediate Proficiency. USFQ will administer a placement test via the internet in October to determine which class will be taken.


4. Elective #1

Please see course listings for details.


5. Elective #2

Please see course listings for details.


 All students must take at least 12 credit hours to retain full-time status. Students that wish to take more than 15 hours must pay an additional fee. Students that demonstrate at least an intermediate proficiency on the Spanish placement exam may take any courses offered on campus that they also have the appropriate pre-requisites. In October 2012 the courses for the spring will be updated at: