USFQ

Universidad San Francisco de Quito
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: https://www.usfq.edu.ec/es

VSE Season 1, 2021-22: Courses offered by Universidad San Francisco de Quito


Application Deadline

APPLICATION CLOSED
Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
Jul 26 2021, 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)




Academic Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's academic requirements listed below:

GPA 3.0 or above

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at USFQ.




English Language Proficiency Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's English language proficiency requirements listed below:

At least 4 semesters of college-level English or Spanish depending on the language of instruction of the selected course.

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at USFQ.



Course Information

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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Social Sciences and Humanities
Course TeacherSara Newman
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 23, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Wed 0830-0950
Time ZoneUTC-5
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description This course is aimed at a diverse group of students, to those who make a career in the arts and to those who pursue other areas of study, that is, for all who have an interest in recognizing the guidelines, principles, criteria, concepts or elements that may guide and even support the appreciation of a work of art. On the other hand, it means to try to clarify the most common prejudices in relation to the appreciation of a work of art, and to confront students with their own critical sense.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Social Sciences and Humanities
Course TeacherScott Gibson
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 23, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Thu 0830-0950
Time ZoneUTC-5
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description This course is a Socratic seminar that promotes active learning, which is the foundation of our philosophy of Liberal Arts. Students will systematically explore and evaluate ideas, problems, and values from both their own and shared world-views through discussion and reflection upon historical, artistic, and scientific expressions of prominent Western thought. The main objectives are to understand the society in which we live through interdisciplinary knowledge, stimulate critical thinking and reflective capacity, and promote the intellectual autonomy of students.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Communication and Contemporary Arts
Course TeacherAmy Scheidegger
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 25, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 19, 2021
Course ComponentTutorial
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneN/A
Restrictions Minimum of four semesters of college-level English.
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.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Communication and Contemporary Arts
Course TeacherAmy Scheidegger
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 23, 2021
Last Day of ClassOct 17, 2021
Course ComponentTutorial
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneN/A
Restrictions Minimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course DescriptionThis 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.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Course TeacherBecky Zug
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 23, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Wed 0830-0950
Time ZoneUTC-5
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description In this course students will learn the basic principles of ecosystem function, how these ecosystems provide services to the human population, and what makes them vulnerable to resource extraction. Students will become familiar with the major ecoregions of Ecuador and the associated environmental problems. Students will learn about the basic principles of sustainable development while considering the importance of Ecuador’s natural resources to the national economy. This course will touch on environmental economics through case studies and will have the opportunity to practice basic data analysis techniques.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Course TeacherMargarita Brandt
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 25, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 19, 2021
Course ComponentTutorial
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneN/A
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description This is a groundbreaking course produced internationally to help students from all disciplines learn and retain the core concepts of ocean health. Fundamentals of ocean science are taught by highly distinguished marine scientist in a comprehensive fashion while sharing the complexities to work with stakeholders looking for solutions for resource consumption and conservation of the marine realm. In each module students are encouraged to actively participate in the critical thinking group discussions and are required to present innovative assignments and a capstone project.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Social Sciences and Humanities
Course TeacherSabrina Guerra
Language of Instruction Spanish
First Day of ClassOct 25, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 19, 2021
Course ComponentTutorial
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneN/A
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish.
Course Description The course of Andean History seeks to make a diachronic exploration of issues, phenomena, and issues that are common to the vast and complex landscape of "Andean World," or, rather, "the Andean Worlds." Because it would be too ambitious and homogenizing to try to chronologically or thematically cover the history of an entire region, with its many convergences and divergences, what this course offers is an analysis and synthesis of common themes and issues that somehow surpass any temporary or regional distinction. This historical inquiry will be made through the analysis of problems and case studies that allow us to connect these Andean transversal themes with our region nowadays. Liberal Arts Students can complete 40 hours of community work through this course if they take it as part of the major's general curriculum.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Social Sciences and Humanities
Course TeacherMatthew Dolloff
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 23, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Thu 0830-0950
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description The value of the study of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest dramatists in history and in the English language, is self-evident. Shakespeare revolutionized drama and is even today, nearly 500 years after his death, still recognized as one of the most important influences on English and world literature. His plays and dramas are still a part of our evolving culture: there have been at least seven major film adaptations of Hamlet alone since 1990. In this course, we will examine five of Shakespeare's most important plays, reading them in the original Elizabethan English and acting out key scenes in class. This will be supplemented by scenes from certain movies. We will also pay special attention to modern-day adaptations of Shakespeare's works, asking ourselves how well the Bard's messages work today in our day and age and how modern actors and directors interpret these timeless works.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentGeneral Studies
Course TeacherAlex Rendon
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassAug 23, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 21, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeThu 0700-0820
Time ZoneUTC-5
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description The service-learning course combines the academic component of learning about the social reality of Ecuador and other areas of the world, and the component of community service (project based), 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.
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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCollege of Social Sciences and Humanities
Course TeacherCecilia Isabel Conde
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 25, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 19, 2021
Course ComponentTutorial
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneN/A
RestrictionsMinimum of four semesters of college-level English.
Course Description In this course, that is open to undergraduates of all majors, the following topics are explored at an introductory level: (a) the nature, implications, and consequences of human conflict; (b) the main current theories regarding its causes; (c) so-called ‘strategies’, that are the ways in which we humans address conflict (avoidance, confrontation, yielding, management and/or resolution); (d) escalation of conflct; (e) the tendency for escalation to become irreversible; (f) the main processes for de-escalation, management and resolution, including pre-negotiation and direct negotiation between or among the parties; (g) reconciliation between or among parties that were previously in conflict; and (h) various forms of impartial third-party intervention.
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