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Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja

San Cayetano Alto, Calle París, Loja Loja View map


Established in 1971, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) is an autonomous higher education institution, located in Loja, the cultural city of Ecuador. 

Renowned as a leader in distance education and at the forefront of technological advances, UTLP’s wide portfolio of undergraduate and graduate degree programs encourage students to explore, discover, experiment and create their own knowledge. 

  • Leaders in distance education on a national and international scale 

UTLP’s 87 university centers located throughout Ecuador and three international centers in New York, Madrid, and Rome, make it a provider of education on both a national and international scale. 

  • Immersion in a global world

Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja aims to enrich its students’ learning journey and global outlook with internships at real companies and student exchange opportunities at international universities. 

  • Teachers concerning research

10 percent of the knowledge that Ecuador contributes to the world is generated by the lecturers and professors at the university, of which 93 percent have a master’s or doctorate degree.

  • Work aligned with global objectives and global commitment 

Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja is a leader of the Sustainable Development Goals 17 Alliances which strives to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The university also has the largest number of UNESCO Chair programs which aim to foster international links in order to improve the quality of society.  

  • Teaching methodologies that promote entrepreneurship

Research and innovation are the pillars that drive UTLP’s teaching methodologies and practices. 

  • Artistic and cultural activities for comprehensive training

Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja strives to open its students’ vision to the world through art, culture and sports, so that students’ academic skills go hand in hand with their personal growth as well as their professional growth. 

The main language of instruction at the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja is Spanish. However, the university is looking to provide more opportunities for students worldwide, and has signed agreements with English teaching institutions to provide online learning alternatives. 

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Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja’s campus is a dynamic and inspiring learning environment, equipped with cutting-edge technology, co-working spaces, and green areas. Its library is enriched with a plethora of academic resources, including over 800 cubicles, a multimedia studio room, and more than 56,000 physical books and 203,000 digital books.

Digital tools such as the Virtual Learning Environment, augmented reality, remote laboratories and virtual worlds, among others, to facilitate learning of those people who opt for distance education in their desire to obtain a profession, without neglecting other fundamental aspects of life.

There are, of course, art, culture and sports facilities also at UTLP. With nine sports clubs and 12 art groups, including dance, music and theater, there’s something for every student to get involved with and enjoy.

Other outstanding services and facilities include:

  • A free bus system is available for students to use to and from the university’s campus
  • An entrepreneurship center where more than 50 initiatives are being developed in Ecuador
  • Convention Center where more than 180 events per year are performed

Student accommodation

Students can schedule a one-to-one meeting with the university who need advice and guidance regarding student accommodation in the city of Loja.

There are 21 student-led sport and art groups at the university. UTLP’s Well-Being Department encourages students to join one of its eight sports clubs:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  •  Football
  •  Indoor football
  •  Volleyball
  •  Sportive dance 
  •  E-sports
  •  Table tennis (Ping- Pong)

For almost two decades the university’s 10 art groups have been made up of students who represent Ecuadorian diversity in artistic and cultural events all around the world.

Through UTLP’s various facilities and groups, students can develop their artistic and creative side in the fields of contemporary dance, folk music, chamber music, performing arts, and vocal arts, among others.

      1. Dance Group Jahua-Nan
      2. Modern Dance Group
      3. Chamber Ensemble Camerata Arkos
      4. Chamber Ensemble Sei-Corde
      5. Chorus UTPL
      6. Group Theater
      7. Folk music group Alkamary
      8. Folk music group Antaru
      9. Musical Group Rondalla Saucedales
      10. Musical group Rondalla UTPL

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      If you’re interested in studying a Distance Learning program, or an on-campus degree program at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, you’ll need to submit the following: 

      •  Grades transcript
      •  Letter of recommendation from your career coordinator
      •  CV in Spanish
      •  Full color copy of passport
      •  Two passport-sized photos
      •  Proven Spanish language proficiency


      Through various scholarship programs, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja covers the costs of college tuition cost for those who present limited financial resources, are part of minority groups in society, or stand out for their academic, sports or cultural merits. 

      For Incoming Mobility students, UTLP offers the 100% Mobility Scholarship. For international students scholarships, please visit the university’s scholarships portal.

      Through Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja’s employment exchange, and alumni network, students are given the opportunity to enrich their personal and professional development through academic, cultural, work and social spaces.

      University Highlights

      Total students - 45,687


      Total faculty staff - 822


      Total students - 45,687


      Total faculty staff - 822

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