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  • Locations: Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year (SH)
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

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Universidad Casa Grande


Fast Facts

Guayaquil, Ecuador (pop. 2.28 million)
Student Enrollment: 1,436
Language of instruction: Spanish



The Universidad Casa Grande offers two campuses that students can attend, the Guayaquil campus, and the Cuenca campus. Due to the distance between the two campuses, students are not eligible to take classes on both campuses and must select only one campus. *Note: The Cuenca campus program is offered only on Direct.

Founded in the 1530s, Guayaquil is a vibrant sprawling city that continues growing in today’s society. The city’s high-rises, multiple hillsides engulfed by barrios, and the Río Guayas’ malecón define Guayaquil’s identity. The bustling downtown metropolis of residents, workers, and shoppers is balanced with urban renewal projects and revitalized squares and parks along the Rio Guayas. The picturesque barrio of Las Peñas, declared a National Cultural Heritage site in 1982, anchors the city both geographically and historically. The continued growth brings exciting theater, film, and arts to the city as well as lively bars and nightlife frequented by the large university student population.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and beating commercial heart of the country, operating as the main port and access point for the Galapagos Islands. With a population of approximately 2 million inhabitants, the generally hot and humid climate has transformed in recent years and contains a rich mix of biodiversity as a result of the convergence of the salty Pacific waters and the fresh water from the Rio Guayas.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Program Dates

*NOTE* The Guayaquil campus operates on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar (starting in January and ending in December), and the Cuenca campus operate on the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar (starting in August and ending in May).


Academic year period 1: Beginning of January to beginning of May.
Academic year period 2: Beginning of August to December. 


Academic period 1: End of August to beginning of December.
Academic period 2: Mid January to beginning of May.

Courses taught in English

Universidad Casa Grande offers a special ISEP-Direct semester in English courses taught in English or Spanish. 

Student Activities

International students have the chance to participate in trips that the department will arrange and in several university activities, like pedagogical simulations. University activities are included in ISEP Benefits. Extracurricular activities, like trips have an extra fee that has to be covered by the student. Excursions included in ISEP Direct on the Cuenca campus include a trip to Cajas National Park, Ingapirca Incan Ruins, Saraguro Indigenous Town, Northern Ecuador and Jungle, Gualaceo & Chordeleg, The Galapagos Islands, and Peru.  


Universidad Casa Grande is a small university that prioritizes personalized learning through small class sizes and strives to implement innovative teaching methods and generate reflective learning. UCG is composed of 1,400 undergraduate students and teams of managers, educators, professionals, and researchers committed to academic excellence and constructive changes in different areas of knowledge. The educational proposal of UCG aims to meet the needs of society in the new paradigms of education for change, and to respond to national priorities and attend to the needs of the market and prepare socially responsible, efficient, ethical, creative, and caring professionals. UCG graduates have a high rate of employability and their prestiguous Communication programs are nationally recognized.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.