Universidad Casa Grande

Universidad Casa Grande

Ilanes, Guayaquil, Équateur

Universidad Casa Grande has 2 locations, one in city of Guayaquil and one in Cuenca, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The courses in Guayaquil are taught in Spanish, whereas the semester in Cuenca combined cultural immersion with academic courses taught in English and in Spanish. The Cuenca location is ideal for students who wish to improve their Spanish while exploring the culture of Latin America.

Cuenca has a population of 350,000.

There are various disciplines offered on the Cuenca campus of Universidad Casa Grande: Art, Business, Communication, Education, Environmental Studies, Health Education, Internships and Service Learning, Music, Political Science, Portuguese, Quichua, Spanish, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

For the Cuenca campus, it is additionally possible for students to enroll in Spanish classes (for a fee) prior to the start of the term.

All international students are also given the opportunity to attend cultural seminars about Ecuadorian and Latin American culture through lectures, guest speakers and documentaries. Topics include history, ecology, migration, poverty, politics, tourism, oil as well as cultural adjustment discussions.

Website URL: http://www.casagrande.edu.ec/international-CEDEI/respaldo/
Accommodations: Students going to Cuenca must stay with a homestay family. Living with a local family provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to experience life in Ecuador and learn Spanish. The families are selected by the university and some have worked with the university for many years. Students will have a private room, 3 meals a day and laundry services. Guayaquil: http://www.casagrande.edu.ec/international-CEDEI/respaldo/accommodation.html#ini
External Funding Available: No
Availability: 5
Academic Dates: Fall: Late August - December
Spring: January - April (Cuenca); January - June (Guayaquil)
Course Timetable: Cuenca: http://www.cedei.org/en/internacionales-eng/course-catalog-2
Program Type: Exchange , Language school , Internship
Language: English
Available Subjects: anthropology , business and entrepreneurship , environmental studies , health sciences , information and communication studies , international development studies , music , political science , world literature and culture studies
Travel Information: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ecuador
Practical Information:

Universidad Casa Grande organizes a mandatory trip for incoming exchange students. The cost is approximately $700. The trip starts in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where students will visit museums and the historic centre of the city. Students will then go through the Andes to Puyo in the northwestern part of Ecuador and then continue to the Amazon, where they'll spend four days exploring the jungle on foot and visiting an indigenous community. The trip will end in Patate with a chance to explore the lush Tungurahua Volcano.

Internships with University Casa Grande Outreach Programs:

  • Comité de Derechos Humanos (Refugee Camp)
  • The foundation VIHDA (mixed word of HIV and VIDA=Life)
Visa Requirements: Students will need to apply for a student visa before their arrival in Ecuador and should do so at least 2 months prior to their departure date. Students will receive information via e-mail regarding the visa application process. http://www.cedei.org/index.php/en/internacionales-eng/visas
Additional Information: In both Guayaquil and Cuenca there are numerous opportunities for students to participate in volunteer projects and Service-Learning internships. Areas range from the environment, to health, to education. http://www.casagrande.edu.ec/international-CEDEI/respaldo/faq.html


Alex Bezeau, BA.POLS 2015, internship @ UN Refugee Camp in Summer 2014.

“Living and working in Ecuador has been an incredible, and valuable experience, that, has helped grow my understanding and appreciation of life in an NGO. I gained first-hand knowledge of life working for a human rights organization. I look forward to applying my new-found knowledge to future academic and career oriented work.”