Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, with around 3,113 million people in the metropolitan area, as well as the nation's main port. The city is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of Guayas and the seat of the namesake canton. Guayaquil is located on the western bank of the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Guayaquil.

During the 2015/2016 academic year, an impressive 2,889 Ecuadorian students enrolled in U.S. universities. This was a 3.3% increase from the previous year. Of these students 55.3% are enrolled at the undergraduate level, 29% at the graduate level and 15.6% in other types of programs, mainly Intensive English programs and OPT.

The Government has also identified as important to train Ecuadorians abroad with the goal of improving Ecuador´s human talent. Ecuadorians are particularly interested in studying business, law (graduate level), art-related degrees and degrees in the STEM fields.

EducationUSA has 3 offices in the Country: Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca helping students through their application process. There is a high interest in studying in the U.S. therefore Ecuador hosts two EducationUSA Fairs.