Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil (English: Santiago of 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 2016/2017 academic year, an impressive 3,032 Ecuadorian students enrolled in U.S. universities. This was a 4.9% increase from the previous year. Of these students 52.9% are enrolled at the undergraduate level, 28.8% at the graduate level and 18.2% in other types of programs, mainly Intensive English programs and OPT.