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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Apartment, Host Family
Areas of Study: Art, Art History, Biology, History, International Affairs, International Studies, Photography, Spanish Program Type: study abroad
Program: direct
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Qosq’o—that’s the Quecha name for Cusco—is the center of modern indigenous culture in Peru, so you’ll learn a ton about South America outside of the classroom. Join Semester in Cusco at 11,500 feet in an incredible city with a vibrant culture. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Beautiful Sacred Valley with ruins, market towns, mountain hiking, and more
  • Study Spanish in the Andes: Spanish-language courses at all levels
  • Students from around the world
  • Classes in diverse subjects in English
  • Superb university
  • Strong on-site support from the University staff
  • Great, inexpensive Andean cuisine, including local specialty cuy (guinea pig!)
  • The Cusco region has more than 2,000 types of potatoes to try!
  • Heart of the Incan and other pre-Hispanic empires
  • Colorful indigenous and religious festivals
On Semester in Cusco, you’ll take up to 5 courses, a combination of Spanish-language and Peru-focused courses taught in English. All levels of Spanish, from beginner to advanced, can be accommodated. A placement test taken when you arrive in Peru will determine the best language course for you. The classes are highly interactive, and the field trips built into the curriculum will help you gain a true understanding and appreciation of this magnificent area.

On Semester in Cusco, you will study at a satellite campus of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, a well-known university based in Lima. The University’s vision represents the academic experience you will have: to be a leader in producing professionals with a high level of quality and ethics according to national and international standards. Experienced faculty combine theoretical concepts with case studies to "develop a c ulture of assessment, innovation and continuous improvement." Student-faculty interaction is key to the University’s success—and yours.

Student Life:
Upon arrival in Peru, you’ll be met at the airport and taken to your housing. Then, an on-site orientation will get you used to your housing and the International Center. During the program, you’ll participate in excursions and field trips from the breathtaking ruins of the ancient Incan city Machu Picchu to the imposing Sacsayhuaman fortress and other archaeological sites. You'll live with other international students at La Casa de Don Ignacio, a home near the Central Square "Plaza de Armas," close to stores, restaurants and everything else Cusco has to offer. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 08/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.