Spring Semester in Guayaquil program for ISEP students who want to attend UCG from early January to late April! 

Universidad Casa Grande’s main campus is located in the vibrant city of Guayaquil. The city has several distinct neighborhoods, blending modern urban amenities with historic cultural traditions. The charming and colorful Las Peñas neighborhood, recognized as a National Cultural Heritage site, fills in the evening with locals enjoying the many cafes and bars dotted throughout this historic barrio. Situated on the Río Guayas’ waterfront, the modern and revitalized Malecón neighborhood is home to numerous museums, parks, shopping centers and entertainment options. Guayaquil is also considered the gateway to the pristine Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s best destinations for wildlife and nature tourism.

Universidad Casa Grande is committed to research, academic rigor and meeting the needs of society through education. As a small institution, the university prioritizes personalized student experiences and innovative teaching methods. ISEP students can study a variety of academic disciplines at the flagship Guayaquil campus.

ISEP students immerse themselves in Ecuadorean culture and daily life by taking university classes with local students and living with a homestay family or in an apartment in the community. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in volunteer projects, sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. The international relations office plans several optional excursions throughout the semester that are open to ISEP students. Universidad Casa Grande also has a "buddy system" to help connect ISEP and local students and adjust to life in Guayaquil!

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Course Description

Spring Semester in Guayaquil

The spring semester program is designed to coincide with the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar and take advantage of the university's intensive courses offered in February and March. The program runs early January to late April and grants 15-18 U.S. credits. Students must have a B1 in Spanish to participate in this program.

Casa Grande holds a mandatory orientation for all international students in the first week of the semester. The orientation date will be included in the student's acceptance letter. For the Study & Volunteer in Ecuador Spring semester, students will visit the Bucay waterfalls and go on a trail tour as part of the orientation week.

The program is divided into three parts: 

- January: Orientation (one week) and intensive Spanish language instruction (three weeks)

- February and March: Intensive coursework in Spanish or English (two months)

Sample offering: Spring 2023 Courses

- April: For-credit service learning project (one month)

Program description and project examples 

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | KHakanson@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Universidad Casa Grande

Universidad Casa Grande is a small university that prioritizes personalized learning through small class sizes and strives to implement innovative teaching methods and generate reflective learning. UCG is composed of...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Business Recommended!

    Business Communications

  • Communication

    Intercultural Communication

  • International/Global Studies

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

All students are required to have a B1 level of Spanish.

Semester & Prices

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