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Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Quito, Ecuador

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is a private liberal arts university located in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to the main campus located in Cumbayá, USFQ has a satellite campus and research station in the Galápagos Islands and a biological field station “Tiputini Biodiversity Station” in the Amazon basin.

We believe in freedom as a fundamental human characteristic, and in training students to become well-rounded “world citizens”, leaders and entrepreneurs. As a research-centric university, USFQ has the highest number of PhDs in the country; a strength we leverage across all subjects.

USFQ is truly an International University and is a leader in the region. Ranked #1 University in Ecuador and #51 in Latin America (2018 QS University Rankings). We currently have over 9,000 students enrolled of which 1000 are international students. We have over 100 Bilateral Partnerships for Research and Exchange, as well participate as members of prestigious International Networks, for example Berklee School of Music, Paul Bocuse, Global Liberal Arts Alliance, Hemispheric University Consortium and now, The Association for the Pacific Rim. Our faculty members represent 30 countries and 5 continents. We have both ABBET and AMBA accreditation.

Website: www.usfq.edu.ec

Course offerings for commencement in August/September 2020
Application Deadlines:
For courses starting in August: Application Closed
For courses starting in October: Application Closed


Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Communication and Contemporary Arts (COCOA)
Course TeacherAmy Scheidegger
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 26, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 20, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting Time-
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-
Course DescriptionThis course aims to familiarize students with the basic tools of drawing, allowing them to develop the fundamental skills of perception through linear, volumetric and geometric figures that facilitate the understanding of specific studies and exercises, for instance still life and landscape.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Communication and Contemporary Arts (COCOA)
Course TeacherAmy Scheidegger
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 31, 2020
Last Day of ClassOct 25, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting Time-
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course will accustom students to the use of different tools and techniques of watercolor painting with the aim of developing practical skills in relation to intonation, gradients, contrasts of color, expression of shapes and volumes, representation of light and shadow, textures and artistic composition to develop artistic works using watercolor as a medium. The different criteria and tools needed to allow students to get to know, understand and develop skills for the correct use of watercolor will also be explored.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Biological and Environmental Sciences (COCIBA)
Course TeacherBecky Zug
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 31, 2020
Last Day of ClassOct 20, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTo be Confirmed
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
RestrictionsEcology (intro or basic), if the student pursues a major on environmental sciences or biology we recommend speaking with the professor.
Course Description Carnivores occupy an important role in regulating ecosystem health but are some of the most threatened species on the planet. Throughout human history, man has feared and revered large carnivores but has also persecuted many species to the brink of extinction. Today, carnivores of all sizes-from coatis to jaguars-face unique challenges associated with the expanding human population including habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of prey-base, and human-caused mortality through overhunting, illegal trade, and conflicts. In this course students will explore the role of carnivores in human history and how perceptions and cultural values placed on carnivores influence present-day conservation decisions. Using examples and case studies from around the world, students will learn about the complicated ecological, political, and social factors associated with carnivore conservation in a human-dominated landscape. Students will examine the successes and failures of popular conservation strategies and be able to adapt these strategies to species and current situations here in Ecuador. Topics discussed in this course will include basic ecology, population ecology, conservation biology, human-wildlife conflict, international policy and trade, and social sciences.
Course OutlineTo be Provided
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Engineering (POL)
Course TeacherDavid Escudero
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 26, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 20, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting Time-
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-
Course Description The course imparts general knowledge of the use of energy resources in general and the role of renewable energy resources in particular.The different resources of renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, oceanic, etc.) are analyzed, both the current state of the technologies and their possible energy contribution in a system. The general economic aspects of these sources are also reviewed.
Course OutlineEnglish

Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Engineering (POL)
Course TeacherCristina Mateus
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 31, 2020
Last Day of ClassOct 25, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting Time-
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-
Course Description This class introduces scientific, economic, ecological and social issues underlying the threat of global climate change and explores the factors that influence it. The course examines (1) natural and human causes of past and recent changes in temperatures and other climatic variables; (2) possible impacts of ongoing and expected future human emissions of greenhouse gasses on ecosystems and society; (3) and possibilities to avert dangerous climate changes.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Foreign Languages
Course TeacherKuymi Tambaco
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 31, 2020
Last Day of ClassOct 25, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTo be Confirmed
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course introduces students to the Quichua language, spoken widely throughout the Andean regions of South America. In addition to developing basic communication skills, students will learn about the worldview, experience of time, relationships between people and nature, and general characteristics of different Quichua nationalities. LEVEL: Beginner.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Foreign Languages
Course TeacherSimeon Floyd
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 26, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 20, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTo be Confirmed
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-Basic Quichua 1
Course Description This course extends practice and develops knowledge beyond Quichua I. In particular, students will learn expressions of desire, liking, and knowing, as well as constructing questions and narration. It provides further practice in conversation and reading and listening skills, including music.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Social Sciences and Humanities (COCISOH)
Course TeacherTo be Announced
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 31, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 20, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTo be Confirmed
Time ZoneEcuador Time (UTC-5)
Restrictions-
Course Description The service-learning course combines the academic component of learning about the social reality of Ecuador and the component of community service, the student has an integral professional and personal experience. Through lectures, reflections and debates, discussions and various activities, students will be able to reflect on different topics, develop leadership attitudes, civic awareness, tolerance and respect.
Course OutlineEnglish



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