Ecuador (AEMPPI) - Cuenca - Universidad Catolica de Cuenca
Pediatrics, Surgery General, Clinics, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Otorhinolaryngology, Internal Medicine-Hematology, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, traumatology, Cardiology
All year
Host Family
Host Family

Same as AEMMPI
Juan Cristóbal Córdova



The first university in the city was established in 1867 and is the Universidad de Cuenca. It is considered the third oldest university of the country, right after the Universidad Central del Ecuador (1836) and the Universidad Nacional de Loja (1859). Ever since, the city has been growing and more universities were created with new careers. This led to the declaration of Cuenca as the City of Universities by the National Assembly of Ecuador  on January 4, 2011.

Cuenca has some hospitals were medicine students can go to do some practices with the tutor and learn more that anyone spect.

The city has the following Universities:

  • Universidad de Cuenca (UC)
  • Universidad Politécnica Salesiana (UPS)
  • Universidad del Azuay (UDA)
  • Universidad Católica de Cuenca (UCACUE)


Cuenca counts with 3 hospitals where students can do their practice, these hospitals are:
1. Hospital José Carrasco Arteaga
2. Hospital del Río
3. Hospital Vicente Corral Moscoso


Host family is where the boarding is provided and you can learn about our culture!


Lodging is provided by your Host family! 


You can take a taxi or download an app that name is Uber and ask for an Uber (it’s cheaper than  a taxi), it’s the same, the only difference is the cost.

Bus station

Cuenca's inter-provincial bus station, called the Terminal Terrestre as it is in most cities, is well organized and clean. It is located on Avenida España in the northeastern corner of the city, a twenty-minute walk or a brief taxi ride from the historic center.


Also, many City buses provide frequent service as indicated by the "Terminal Terrestre" placard on the windshield. A guide to using the City buses, maps of the routes and an online trip planner can be found at

Buses arrive and depart throughout the day. Service is available to major cities, such as Guayaquil and Quito and also to nearby cities such as Loja, Riobamba, or Machala.

The distance to Guayaquil is 243  km. and the bus takes nearly 4 hours on the highway

Durán-Pto.Inca-Molleturo (I582W), a scenic ride through the Cajas National Park.

Quito is 497 km from Cuenca and the trip takes around 10 hours on the Road Pan-American Highway (I35N).

Loja is 213 km from Cuenca and trip takes around 3 to 4 hours

Terminal Terrestre


You can take a taxi or download an app that name is Uber and ask for an Uber (it’s cheaper than a taxi), it’s the same, the only difference is the cost.


Also we have a local social program that is visit the Cajas National Park, Light Park, Liberty Park, Calderón Park, visit Turi, if we are lucky and have some weekend free, we can go to Yunguilla, it is near from Cuenca.



Old Cathedral (Iglesia de El Sagrario). Built in 1557, the edifice eventually became too small for the town's attendants. In 1880, a new cathedral was built as the replacement. The old cathedral, no longer consecrated, has been restored and used as a museum.

New Cathedral (official name: Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción). Its towers are truncated due to a calculation error of the architect. Had it been constructed as planned, the foundation would not bear the weight of the full towers. In spite of the architect's immeasurable mistake, the New Cathedral of Cuenca, completed in 1885, is a monumental work of faith. A combination of Romanesque Revival and Neo-Gothic in style, the church's blue and white domes have become a symbol for the city. Its façade is made of alabaster and local marble, while the floor of the nave is covered with pink marble, brought from Carrara (Italy). At its inauguration, the newly constructed Cathedral could accommodated 9,000 out of Cuenca's 10,000 inhabitants at that time.

Park Abdon Calderon. It is located in the center of Cuenca between the old and new cathedrals. On the park benches, people meet to converse and absorb its tranquility. The municipal offices are located nearby.

Monastery of El Carmen de Asuncion. In the atrium a colorful flower market supplements the beauty of the church which was founded in 1682. A sculpted stone façade and a golden pulpit make the church very attractive.

Monastery and Museum of La Concepcion, with 17th-century tombs and a complete collection of religious art.

  • House of the Ecuadorian Culture
  • Municipal Museum Remigio Crespo Toral
  • Museum of the Central Bank
  • Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures
  • Church of Santo Domingo
  • San Blas
  • Turi the Mirador
  • Ruinas de todos los santos.


Welcome to Cuenca!