Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil
The Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil is located Ecuador's largest city: Santiago de Guayaquil. It is a private, Catholic university, but provides students the opportunity to study in a number of faculties, including Architecture, Engineering, Economics and Medicine. Universidad Catolica de Santiago boasts a current population of more than 5,500 students.
Classes are taught primarily in Spanish, and SCSU students travelling to Universidad Catolica can expect to enroll in host language courses as well as courses which highlight the local and national cultures of Ecuador. Attending students can choose to participate in a homestay experience or live off-campus in Guayaquil.
The city of Guayaquil sits at the mouth of the Gulf of Guayaquil, on the river Guayas. Its location has guaranteed its status as Ecuador's largest seaport, and the city is in fact one of the most populous in South America. The Malecón 2000, a sprawling boardwalk along the banks of the Guayas, boasts a thriving nightlife and culinary scene, as well as botanical gardens, plazas, museums and the first IMAX theater in South America. Students at the Universidad Catolica can expect a regional cuisine heavily influenced by the diverse ethnic groups which have settled in Guayaquil, with fresh seafood as its main staple.
Transportation to and from Guayaquil can be found at the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, which offers daily flights to major cities in South America and the U.S. Additionally, all flights to the famed Galapagos Islands pass through or originate in Guayaquil, guaranteeing students the opportunity to visit the site of Charles Darwin's expedition.