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Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Ecuador

In cooperation with the Oregon University System, Linfield College provides an opportunity for students to spend a semester either at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito or at the university's center in the Galapagos Islands' the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences. Ecuador, with a population of 13 million (a majority being a mixture of indigenous and Spanish peoples), and bordering with Colombia and Peru, offers a unique topographic diversity from the jungle to the mountains (the highest volcano, Chimborazo stands at 6310 meters), the coast, and the Galapagos, 600 miles west of the mainland. Ecuador has more active volcanoes, as well as a greater diversity of volcanoes than any other country in the world. Quito, with a population of 1.2 million (other principal cities being Guayaquil and Cuenca) is located in the province of Pichincha in the north. The Galapagos, a national protectorate declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, is mostly a National Park offering a life-time wildlife experience for visitors and a natural learning laboratory for scientists and ecologists. The Universidad San Francisco de Quito provides unique opportunities for integration into regular classes of the university (all taught in Spanish) with Ecuadorian and international students. USFQ is a private, non-denominational liberal arts institution of 3500 undergraduates, including 700 international students. Because of its state of the art laboratory facilities, Linfield encourages science majors to consider this program as a way to integrate international study into their science curriculum. It provides excellent support for students who wish to enhance their Spanish proficiency while at the same time taking classes from the university's regular curriculum. Two years of college-level Spanish is required prior to study at USFQ. (www.usfq.edu.ec). Organized field trips and cultural activities supplement coursework in Quito. In Quito, participants live with families and share all meals with them.

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