How to apply

Exchange students from partner universities:

Academic calendar:

  • Fall semester: August- December

  • Spring semester: March-June

Please apply directly through your home university’s exchange office!

Requirements:

  • Two semesters of university completed
  • GPA of 2.8/4.0 minimum; grade average of 80/100
  • Spanish proficiency: minimum Level B1, which should be evaluated by your home university. English proficiency is recommended, but not required.
  • International health insurance
  • Approval from your home university    

Once accepted for exchange by your home university, complete your application online by filling out the online form and uploading requested documents. Complete applications must be received by email a minimum of two months before the semester begins.

Required Documents: 

  • Copy of transcripts from home university
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • Copy of the information page of your passport
  • Approval form for exchange with tentative courses signed by home university download here
  • 2 ID photos
  • International health insurance

Make sure to have all the required documents ready when starting the online application.

Application Form

 

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding your application.

Exchange students from non-partner universities:

Students from non-partner universities are welcome to apply as tuition paying free movers. Tuition varies between academic programs. Please contact us for specific information about costs.

Academic calendar:

  • Fall semester: August - December

  • Spring semester: March - June

Complete applications must be received a minimum of two months before the semester begins.

Requirements:

  • Two semesters of university completed
  • GPA of 2.8/4.0 minimum; grade average of 80/100
  • Spanish proficiency: minimum Level B1, which should be evaluated by your home university. English proficiency is recommended, but not required.
  • International health insurance
  • Tuition payment (UIDE cannot issue an inscription certificate before tuition has been fully received)

Required Documents:

  • Copy of transcripts from home university
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • Copy of the information page of your passport
  • 2 ID photos
  • International health insurance

Make sure to have all the required documents ready when starting the online application.

 

Application Form 

While UIDE offers support in converting UIDE’s credits to be recognized at the student’s university, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire whether UIDE credits will be accepted at the home institution.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding your application.

Health Insurance: 

All exchange students are required to have health insurance valid for the duration of their stay. Proof of insurance will be requested upon arrival.

Students can arrange for their own health insurance. As an alternative, UIDE has an agreement with GUARD.ME, for more information you can click here.

 Visa application:

To stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days, students need a visa. Semester/Year exchange students need to apply for the Temporary Resident-Student visa. For more details enter to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry.

 

Housing:

UIDE offers on-campus housing facilities equipped with WiFi, 24/7 security, and transportation services. For details download our housing guide.

Students can also choose to stay with a host family or find accommodation on their own.

 

Campus Life:

UIDE’s campus offers extensive facilities for students. Find out more by downloading our campus guide.

 

Life in Quito:

Quito, Ecuador’s capital, is located in the heart of the Andes, just north of the equator, and is known as the city of “eternal spring.” Its historical center is one of Latin America’s most well-preserved and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city offers exceptional architecture, culture, great restaurants and vibrant nightlife paired with a mild climate.

Check out our Quito Life Guide - QUITO TURISMO for tips of safety advice and what you can do during your visit.

Like UIDE’s international for more information.