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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,787 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Ecuador.


Academic year:

  • Andean Region: September – July
  • Coastal Region: May – January

Major school holidays/break:

  • Andean Region: July – August
  • Coastal Region: February – April
  • Carnival (Mardi Gras): February 6, 2015
  • Semana Santa (Holy Week): Last week of March
  • Independence Day: August 10 and May 24
  • Guayaquil’s Independence Day: October 9
  • Quito’s Independence Day: December 6 (It is difficult to schedule events the week prior to this date due to the festivities)
  • Dia de los Difuntos: November 2
  • Christmas and New Year’s. (Please bear in mind the EducationUSA center in Quito is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s)
  • Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1

Major exam period:

  • Andean Region: May – June
  • Coastal Region: December – January 


Structure of the University System


  • Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 4 – 6 years
  • The language of instruction in universities: Spanish