Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: BW applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.50
Housing Options: Home Stay
Program Description:
The University of Azuay
Cuenca 1     Ecuador flag map     Cuenca 2

History & Description

The University of Azuay was founded in 1968 in Cuenca, the capital of the province of Azuay. Historically, it was part of the Catholic University of Guayaquil and later the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. In 1990, after complying with all legal requirements necessary for it to be its own institution, it was acknowledged by the government in its own right.  However it did not receive international accreditation until 2006. 

Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is considered to be the colonial jewel of the south with its narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed red-tiled buildings, its handsome plazas and domed churches, and its setting above the grassy banks of the Río Tomebamba.  Although there is a considerable historical influence in its architecture, its historical roots are juxtaposed with all of the international restaurants, art galleries, cafes, and bars of today.  Needless to say, this jewel of a city is a popular destination for all.


Cuenca 3     Cuenca 4     Cuenca 5

About The Program


UDA can arrange a family Homestay for students who are interested in this option. Living with a family provides one of the best ways for students to practice their Spanish, as well as learn about the Ecuadorian cultural and society.

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session. 

As for cell phone use, students recommend buying a cell phone and phone cards abroad for both local and international calls.


The program at Universidad del Azuay offers individual and small group instruction in Spanish as a second language and Quechua, for visiting students. Courses on Literature, Culture of the Americas, Medical Spanish and Business are also offered in Spanish.  However, in order to participate in this program, you need to be fluent in Spanish. 


All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 


Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.


Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.


All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 

What Can I Study?

The classes available to you  are all taught in Spanish, in all disciplines.

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit


This program is currently not accepting applications.