What is the lifestyle like for an exchange student in Ecuador? Find out thanks to our high school exchange!
Study abroad in Ecuador and discover the Ecuadorian culture while you practise your spanish speaking skills with your host family and with your classmates at school. In your free time, sutdy, discover the area, participate in school activities and meet new friends!
Your student exchange in Ecuador with Nacel International:
Small country of the the South American continent with a combination of warm people, preserved colonial architecture, and beautiful nature, Ecuador has a lot to offer to exchange students wishing to improve their Spanish skills. They will be welcomed by a local community and will no doubt enjoy this culture.
Students have the opportunity to participate in several excursions during their stay in Ecuador. The purpose of these outings is to explore the biodiversity and the rich culture of the Ecuadorian regions.
Exchange students are placed in public or private schools (with extra fee) and local host families during their High School exchange in Ecuador.
What should I expect from my school year in Ecuador?
The first 3-year cycle of Ecuadorian secondary school is a general curriculum´s. In the second cycle, students can specialize in one of several different curriculums. Exchange students in Ecuador usually choose liberal arts that will include Literature, History, and Speech. Students wear a school uniform and remain in one classroom; teachers rotate rooms.
Study Abroad in Ecuador
Note that most exchange students will be placed in private schools and schools are co-ed; there are also single-sex schools. Students go to school on mornings (from 7am to 2pm) and have to do their homework on afternoons. School begins at 7am and ends at 2pm. Afternoons are dedicated to schoolwork. The local coordinator organizes monthly activities for all exchange students in Ecuador.
Graduation is not possible during your experience in a High School in Ecuador.
We also offer exchange programs in the below listed countries:
Visa, passport, paper legalization (around 20 USD) and medical exam fees
School bus (around 40 USD per month), school lunches, school fees in private schools (around 40 to 60 USD per month)
Personal expenses and pocket money, extra extracurricular activities, excursions, school books, school uniforms and supplies (around 300 USD the first month, 150 to 200 USD pocket money the following months)
Domestic transfers and transportation
Extra activities organized by schools and others
Extra language courses
Medical, Liability and Emergency Repatriation Insurance.
Apply at least 4 months before arrival.
International students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted for a High School exchange in Ecuador (preferably in Spanish).
A minimum of two years of Spanish study (minimum B grade average during the last 2 years) and good academic results (grades equivalent to C and higher during the last 3 years of study) are required to study in Ecuador.
“For potential exchange students considering going to a Spanishspeaking country, I definitely think that Ecuador should be taken into
consideration. For a young person to experience a full cultural exchange,
Ecuador is perfect. The system in which the majority of the high schools are
arranged is ideal for an exchange student to meet many new friends in such a
way that it is almost impossible to be left without any. As far as actual cultural
aspects, Ecuador has much to offer. The first things that come to mind are the
music, food, festivities, the indigenous presence, and the functioning of the
The food is also a nice cultural aspect in Ecuador. There is almost always rice
integrated in with whatever type of food that is being served. In Ecuador, the main meal of the day is lunch.
In Ecuador, I find that there are many holidays and festivities that I had never heard of before and with every one of them
there is some kind of traditional activity that is always fun to take part in. Also one of the things that I have found very
interesting is the presence of the indigenous or native population. They are seen in all parts and it appears that they have
a very beautiful culture with many rich ethnic aspects.
I think that taking all these aspects into account, a student considering going to a Spanish – speaking country as an
exchange student should definitely have Ecuador in mind.” Florian, Germany.