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Universidad UTE

Rumipamba and Bourgeois Quito,
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Based in Quito and Santo Domingo, Ecuador, the Universidad UTE is a private university with almost 50 years of experience and tradition. It prides itself on its ability to implement an innovative educational model focused on the student which interconnects teaching, research, and extension within society.

Best known for being the only university in the country with Advanced Research Centers in Biomedicine, and Human Genetics and Genomics, Universidad UTE is where world-class scientists conduct research on rare genetic diseases, population genetics, cancer genomics, and new pharmacological components from Ecuadorian biological resources in order to treat infectious and chronic non-transmittable high impact diseases.

Besides, Universidad UTE has an Aerospatiale Program with The Southwest State University (SWSU) and two country-leading Research Centers in Food, and Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology associated with the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network, which recognize knowledge and technologies that contribute to the policy generation and the solution of problems in the parameters of food security and health promotion based on the production and dissemination of the best scientific evidence.

Universidad UTE offers 25 undergraduate programs and 24 postgraduate programs specializing in art and humanities, business and administration, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences. 

All undergraduate and graduate programs at Universidad UTE are taught in Spanish. However, some undergraduate programs include subjects in English, and some graduate programs require an intermediate level of English as an entry requirement.

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Universidad UTE has three campuses with courtyards, parks and gardens for students to enjoy. 

There are also over 1000 computers, 260 classrooms, 80 laboratories, 18 auditoriums, three medical centers, two dental centers, one childcare center, and one country club. 

The university’s sports and cultural facilities include: 

  • A gymnasium
  • Tae-Kwon-Do atelier
  • CrossFit green spaces
  • Chess rooms
  • Soccer, football, volleyball, and basketball courts among others
  • University theater
  • Bookstore
  • Multifunctional auditoriums
  • Event room
  • Chapel
  • Television and radio recording studio

The university also offers a wide branch of welfare services including: 

  • Psychological and vocational guidance
  • Medical insurance
  • Academic tutoring 
  • Drug, tobacco and alcohol consumption prevention
  • Gender violence prevention program
  • Gender observatory
  • Directed safe house leasing program
  • Intercampus transport
  • Center of initial education

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Approximately one percent of students at Universidad UTE are international and represent 18 different  nationalities. 

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Undergraduate admissions 

If you’re an international student who’s interested in studying an undergraduate degree program at the Universidad UTE, you will need to have a high school diploma (or equivalent). This should be registered with the Ministry of Education or Official Transcriptions. You will also need to pass the university’s admission exam. 

International students who wish to study at the university as part of an exchange/study abroad program will need to provide evidence of the mobility agreements signed between the Universidad UTE and their initial higher education institution. 

Postgraduate admissions 

If you’re interested in applying to study a postgraduate degree program at the Universidad UTE, you will need to complete and provide the following: 

  • Up-to-date CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Undergraduate degree – this should be registered with the Ecuadorian Authority of Higher Education - Senescyt or apostilled or legalized via consular in cases of international students
  • English proficiency certificate at the level required for the program, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
For medicine and dentistry specializations, students must also provide: 

  • Undergraduate degree registered with Senescyt and Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health
  • A passing grade on the Professional Habilitation Exam from Ecuadorian Council of Higher Education Assurance

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Universidad UTE offers an extensive Scholarship and Financial Aid Program for National and International students. In 2019, the university awarded approximately 5,200 scholarships (2,600 for each semester), worth US$9.8 million.

Scholarship options include: 

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Scholarships for people with disabilities
  • Cultural Scholarship 
  • Sports Scholarship 
  • Scholarship for Calamitous Situation
  • Scholarships by Institutional Agreements
  • Scholarships for Economic Situation 

Find out more about Universidad UTE’s scholarships, including deadlines and requirements

To request more information, please contact: [email protected] 

According to the most recent statistics (June 2019), approximately 72 percent of Universidad UTE 2018 graduates are formally employed or currently undertaking an internship of some form.

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Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

"Eugenio Espejo" Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism

Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences and Tourism

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering, and Construction

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

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