UIDE has a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs. The programs listed below are available at the Quito campus. Most courses are in Spanish, but classes in English are available in most degree programs for both Ecuadorian and exchange students. For more detailed information and course syllabi, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Architecture department (CipArq) is an interdisciplinary program based on fundamentals and tools for constructing more sustainable buildings, cities and landscapes. Students will learn about architecture and design in broad terms and create projects on different levels and scales, from urban to landscape, interiors and detail work, etc. Students will be able to design anything from buildings to furniture to parks to cultural projects to publications. We encourage and emphasize independent thinking, problem-solving, project management and innovation. Part of the program is spent working on projects and proposals based on real situations with feedback from professors with international experience.
Department of Automotive Engineering
UIDE’s Automotive Engineering department prepares students to work in a dynamic industry with technology that changes quickly. Students are capable of analyzing, designing, maintaining, managing and optimizing the different systems that make up an automotive engine using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. The program combines the theoretical with the practical, with the opportunity for students to do internships and community projects.
Through agreements with leading companies in the automotive industry, including General Motors, Bosch, and Corporación Maresa, students get real-world experience before they graduate. UIDE offers international training opportunities with universities and companies like the Universidad Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico; Bosch in Brazil; Inforcar in Argentina; and the University of Burgundy in France.
The department features an entire building dedicated solely for its use that houses a garage, labs and classrooms. Its laboratories featuring state-of-the-art DEGEM Systems Autotronics and FSA digital engine analyzer, and the UIDE-Bosch research lab is equipped with the latest diagnostic technology.
The Business Administration curriculum is aligned with the best universities in the world, and as part of this program, students are trained to be analytical professionals, learn communication skills and how to make decisions in all areas in an organization. Through hands-on projects, students cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and, using business simulations, put into practice what they learn in class. They learn how to define organizational goals, manage personnel, organize resources and optimize its activities. Students also have access to excellent internship opportunities and have gone on to management positions in first-rate companies or started their own businesses.
UIDE’s International Business program is a multi-disciplinary curriculum that integrates international business, regional studies and functional areas. Students gain a stronger command of global business by examining the interplay between cultural, historical, religious, economic, and political forces at work around the world. Students focus on learning skills that will help them function in a global economy, like intercultural communication, negotiation, international customs and trade regulations, and have the chance to collaborate with other high-performing, motivated students. Through over 50 agreements with international universities, students have the option of studying abroad as a complement to their studies.
UIDE’s Marketing program incorporates state-of-the-art techniques to prepare students to design, implement and control strategic marketing plans in different markets and cultural settings. Thanks to a constant offering of extra, optional courses and special events, students are able to stay on top of current tendencies and obtain different certifications. Students graduate with the ability to research and identify customer trends, market competition and other factors that affect an organization, and develop innovative insights and content that lead to successful campaigns and original branding.
The mechatronics engineering program is a mixture of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science focused on preparing graduates to compete in the industries of manufacturing, alternative energy, bioengineering, robotics and technology development, among others. Mechatronics graduates have the capacity to understand, manage, plan and assimilate all mechanical design, electronic, artificial intelligence and control processes. They have the knowledge to solve problems in many different areas, always based on science and technology mixed with social conscience and critical thinking.
During their studies, students’ creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged with different projects like robot-building, participating in a mechatronics summer program for local kids and working with communities designing new kinds of aids for people with disabilities. The rigorous academic program and work on creative research projects based on system conception, design, implementation and operation allow students to get involved with mechatronics starting in high school. Professors provide advising and support throughout the students’ college career, and projects undertaken with different community groups give students the chance to pass on their knowledge in different areas.
The mechatronics program is very selective and demanding of its students, who carry out research projects that result in functional prototypes every semester. At the end of the semester, students defend their projects to a committee, who chooses the best projects to compete in national and international competitions.
UIDE’s Culinary Arts program combines gastronomy theory and practice along with knowledge of business administration, quantitative and qualitative fundamentals, marketing, research and PR to create high-quality food professionals. Students learn about nutrition, hygiene, protocol, event coordination and kitchen and bar management in addition to culinary techniques. Students go on to be executive chefs, food managers, product development specialists, culinary researchers, food critics, restaurant managers, culinary trainers and gastronomic project consultants and executives.
The school features an entire building dedicated solely for its use that houses several kitchens equipped for making hot and cold dishes and baked goods, classrooms and a fully-functional restaurant that employs students and serves the university community and special guests. They also tend to an organic garden in collaboration with the Biology department. Students get real-world experience through programs in international culinary centers and projects with local communities, and the school has a strong focus on using traditional ingredients.
The tourism and hotel industry is very important to Ecuador’s economy, and this program has its basis in preparing students to work in this dynamic industry. Students learn how to strategize, manage and evaluate companies, systems, methods and procedures relating to hotels and how to offer high-quality, competitive services. The program encourages an entrepreneurial spirit in its students, who go on to become managers, advisers, researchers and consultants for the hotel industry, and also emphasizes environmental sustainability.
UIDE’s law program is based on students understanding the political, cultural and economic context in which laws are created and applied. Students study not only domestic laws, but also learn about legal matters that relate to international standards and practices, jurisprudence in other countries and the regional and global contexts that affect people, businesses and nations. Experienced professors combine the theoretical with the practical and have worked as lawyers, litigators, legislators, judges and advisers in the public and private sectors. The school features a free legal office that specializes in providing pro bono work and projects so students can get real-life experience while at the same time serving the community. The school also regularly convenes international seminars and has an area dedicated to research and publishing in well-known journals.
UIDE’s School of Medicine is a six-year program that emphasizes practical learning based on the philosophy that learning occurs when practical study is matched with theoretical study. Starting with the first semester, students study subjects related to medicine, which represent 96% of the curriculum. In their third year, students begin hospital rotations in semiology, and in later years, they have practical hours in hospitals and health centers in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, and pediatrics.
Students graduate as general practitioners with a deep understanding of Ecuadorian pathology and the reality of health care in Ecuador and the role doctors play in the transformation of the health care system in the country.
The school features an anatomy lab with cadavers, a histology and molecular biology lab, microbiology and pathology labs. Through the school’s international agreements, many students have the chance to do rotations and internships in the United States, Europe and Latin America, and biennially the school organizes the international course “Transcending Borders in Medicine,” which brings prestigious speakers to UIDE, including Nobel Prize recipients.
Graduates from UIDE School of Medicine are high-achievers: 100% of students have passed the national competency exam; 94% of graduated applicants obtain a spot in the U.S. National Resident Matching Program; and 98% of graduates have passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam on the first try.
UIDE’s nutrition program is within the School of Medical and Health Sciences, making its focus much more medical-related than other programs. The school has four areas of concentration: clinical, sports, community and industrial. As part of the curriculum, students complete their internships and practical studies at public and private hospitals before graduating. Past students have had the opportunity to go abroad and complete extra certification courses at prestigious universities like the UNAM in Mexico. Students go on to work in hospitals, private clinics, non-profits, government institutions, schools, and other organizations.
UIDE’s dentistry program forms competent professionals who are focused on the patient and the community. The program’s innovative curriculum connects theory, practice, research and values and promotes student involvement in sports and extracurricular activities. Faculty members are all dentists themselves with different specializations and act as tutors and guides while students complete their classwork and practical hours.
The school features a dentistry clinic located in Quito where odontology students can complete their practical hours by attending to real patients from the university and the community at large. Students and professionals offer high-quality services at reasonable prices to those who may not be able to afford dental care. The program also has special classrooms with dental mannequins that accurately simulate real life dental practice and technique. Students have the option to complete hospital rotations at AXXIS, UIDE’s teaching hospital, and through international agreements the school has with universities in other countries
Graduates emphasizes the promotion, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of problems associated with oral health and are able to prevent, diagnose and treat odontological problems in a holistic way.
UIDE’s psychology program prepares students to work in many areas of psychology: health, education, industrial-organizational, and more. Students graduate with a solid background in: neuroanatomy, biopsychology, behavioral genetics and embryology, among others. The program features a psychological processes laboratory, unique in Ecuador, that has equipment for tests on psychophysiology, evoked potential and other instruments for experimental psychology tests, as well as a Gesell dome. Starting in the first semesters, students participate in practicals in which they apply different psychometric tests while under supervision.
Risk and Emergency Management
UIDE is the only university in Ecuador that offers this degree program, which is centralized around the strategic management of risk and emergencies, especially the prevention, planning and response to said emergencies. Through a curriculum that mixes theory and practice, students learn the skills necessary to train others in the areas of prevention, planning and execution of contingency plans when confronted with different levels of disaster. This program has special significance in Ecuador, which is located in an area with a high level of seismic activity, and as such the school maintains partnerships with governmental emergency organizations and works with NGOs like Plan International on community projects.
Diplomacy and International Relations
Students in the Diplomacy and International Relations degree program graduate with the knowledge and skills to research, diagnose, plan and execute projects and actions related to international policy, the diplomatic corps, international nonprofit and for profit organizations and multinational corporations. Graduates are able to analyze, evaluate and plan political, economic, social and cultural relationships among diverse countries and institutions as directors, civil servants or advisers in international organizations. Students are prepared to propose solutions to globalization and integration processes and analyze political and commercial actions as officials in the foreign service. The program reinforces national and international legal frameworks, negotiation techniques, the structure and functioning of national and international development, loan and arbitration organizations.
The degree program features relevant research areas like immigration, regional security, development cooperation and Pacific geopolicy, as well as weekly seminars with international policy experts. Students can also take advantage of over 50 international partnerships for exchange and study abroad.
Organizational Communication and Public Relations
This degree program has the advantage of covering a wide range of subjects related to communication, so that graduates are able to work in a variety of positions related to social and organizational communication, including audiovisual, writing and PR careers. The school features a radio and TV set for producing spots and programs and real clients and cases for students to work on each semester. The school has a concentration on working in multidisciplinary teams, which is reminiscent of what students will experience in real life, and on digital communication.
Tourism and Environmental Management
Ecuador is one of the world’s few megadiverse countries. This program focuses on preparing students to conserve biological and cultural diversity, rescue ancestral traditions and create jobs and research opportunities all while forming new types of tourism with sustainability at their core. Students study the five tourism subsectors: transportation, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, accommodation and travel services.