Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Academic Year 2024-25
  • Spring 2025


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


This program does not have capacity constraints; no back-up is required

Opportunity Description

Experience life in Quito, Ecuador, at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) through the Cumbayá program. Students may choose from over 2,000 courses in a wide variety of disciplines, with about 80 courses taught in English per semester.

What is unique about this program?

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)-Cumbayá is a Cornell Global Hub partner university. Global Hubs are Cornell's collaborative centers of engagement around the world. Hubs will give students exciting opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad, field experience, participation in faculty-led research, curricular pathways through majors, internships, and more.

Students participating in the Cumbayá program can choose classes from any of the 10 USFQ schools.

  • College of Music
  • College of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Communication and Contemporary Arts
  • College of Hospitality, Culinary Art, and Tourism
  • College of Administration and Economics
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • College of Sciences and Engineering
  • College of Architecture and Interior Design
  • College of Law

What is unique about Quito?

Outside the classroom, you can enjoy all that Quito has to offer. Quito, with its vibrant neighborhoods and beautiful colonial architecture, is considered a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Note: This program will not have a homestay housing option for fall 2021. Students are responsible to find their own housing. 

How do I learn about USFQ?

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to the next steps
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors
  • Want to keep up to date with Cornellians Abroad? Follow Education Abroad on social media, @cornelliansabroad, @CornellEducationAbroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process.  You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself. 

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. For Program Admission, apply directly on the program website. Most programs have rolling admissions.