Universidad Ecotec

Universidad Ecotec

“University of the Year” in 2011“
Recognition presented by the Ecuadorian Congress and the Board of Director’s Association of Journalists

Universidad Ecotec is located in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main commercial center in the country. From here we can reach all parts of the country, including Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and the Andes, in a fairly short time by bus or via our international airport. Forty minutes away from the beach, the city is located in the coastal region. We have hot weather all year round (we are, funnily enough, right on the Equator) and quite humid.

It is not just about the equator, it is about biodiversity. 
Ecuador is ranked among the 17 Mega-Diverse countries in the world.
Ecuador has 4 diverse and unique regions:
Galapagos Island
  • The Amazon Rain Forest
  • Coast
  • The Andes
  • The Galapagos Islands
These four regions can be explored within a 24-hour period of time. Also, there are 256,000 km2 (exactly 98,842 square miles) in Ecuador, with the largest amount of bio-diversity per area in the world.

Besides its extensive bio-diversity, Ecuador is home to an impressive number of ethnic groups, including some that still preserve their non-western or pre-Columbian values such as the Otavalo Indians who practice cultural traditions from ancient times.

Because of its location at the equator, weather is never an issue. It is hot all year round!


At Universidad Ecotec we offer various courses among the following schools:

  • Business, Management, Economics and Administration
  • Telecommunications, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Law and Government


City at duskStudents have the opportunity to learn, practice and perfect their Spanish language skills during their time at Universidad Ecotec. We offer six levels of Spanish language instruction and two content focused levels of for those with advanced skills. Students are placed in the appropriate course according to their demonstrated level. Students with an advanced Spanish proficiency are allowed to take courses in Spanish in any of our schools.

Student safety is our priority, which is why we insist that students take part in a 6-day Orientation Tour at the beginning of their program to be able to fully process the orientation in a secure, relaxed setting while getting to know each other. This orientation is also ongoing throughout the stay.

Hand in hand with safety comes learning about the country/hemisphere students are living in, so we continue orientation with different activities related to our culture:

  • Ecuadorian Cooking class
  • Latin dance class
  • Language exchanges with local students
  • Outings to sites of cultural or ecological interest
Our students work in service placements during the mornings in a variety of organizations including: public health clinic; foundations that work with street children, malnourished children; a public school; a foundation concerned with urban renewal; a foundation that supplies low-cost housing to the poor; a foundation that works with sufferers of Hansen's Disease; and many more. Even if students cannot make a commitment like this, all our international students take part in a voluntary house-building outing, and are encouraged to raise funds prior to arrival.

Most of our international students consider staying with our homestay families, all of whom are located close to the university. Our families provide a warm Ecuadorian welcome, along with 3 meals a day, private room, laundry, and the kind of Spanish practice that is hard to find elsewhere.

Ave. Juan Tanca Marengo Km 2
Guayaquil, Ecuador
E-mail: international@universidadecotec.edu.ec
Tel 593-4-370-3700 Ext 177

Current Courses

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    • Type
    • Course Title
    • Duration
    • Location
    • Semester Program
    • Ecuador: Semester Program
    • 4 months
    • Guayaquil, Ecuador
    • Short language course
    • Serve and Learn in Ecuador
    • 4 weeks (June & July)
    • Guayaquil, Ecuador

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