Depending on the university or school, classes often are in Spanish and English. This depends on the institution and the type of interchange that is being done.
We recommend knowing Spanish, at least a basic knowledge, to enjoy your stay in Ecuador.
The main universities of Quito are: the Central University of Ecuador, the Catholic University of Ecuador, San Francisco University, SEK University of Ecuador, the University of the Américas, among others.
The main schools that offer an international education are: American school of Quito, the International School SEK, Cotopaxi Academy, Colegio Aleman, School of the Condamine and others.
The study habits differ between each educative organization. If an educative institution has not assisted you, go to the main office for information about inscriptions.
The requirements are often different, but generally you'll need an identity card (passport) and diplomas or certificates of previous institutions.
The price depends on the type of interchange and where you're going to study. For example, the most expensive university in Quito is the San Francisco, whereas the cheapest is the Central University. Generally the prices for matriculation and tuition are more than 700 dollars; often they pass the 1000 dollars.
Nevertheless, the cost of education in this country is relatively cheaper than in other countries like Colombia, Brazil or the United States.
In Quito, schools and universities are fed by an easy access transport system, except for the exceptions of the University San Francisco that is in Cumbayá, in the outskirts of the city.
Besides universities and schools, there are other educative institutions in Quito that are centers for social research like Spanish schools.
The social research centers are bound to the NGO's and Organizations for development. They are diverse and do studies in specific fields, for example, investigations of the standard of life and searches in historical archives or restoring the cultural wealth of the country.
To enter one of these research centers, it is necessary to have a title of a superior education or at least to have finished your secondary education.
As to the Spanish schools, you can find these in the touristy parts of Quito, where there are a great number of foreigners.
Taking Spanish courses while in Quito can be very useful and is a great opportunity to meet more people.