Qosq’o—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 Summer in Peru at 11,500 feet in an incredible city with a vibrant culture.
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Study Spanish in the Andes – The way to learn Spanish is to immerse yourself in it, and that’s just what you’ll do on Summer in Cusco!
The impressive Sacred Valley – Imagine a region filled with stunning mountain views, Quechua-speaking communities, and llamas. On the weekends, you’ll get to explore this diverse region’s salt flats, market towns, ancient ruins, and more. It’s all a short, inexpensive trip from downtown Cusco. See it all on your summer abroad in Peru!
Machu Picchu – This famous site that was recently picked as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Come discover why!
A colonial city filled with history – Cusco is full of pre-Hispanic and colonial history, which often overlap in fascinating ways. Churches built on pre-Inca spiritual sites, European-esque paintings of the Last Supper that include Andean regional cuisine, and leafy Spanish-style plazas atop Incan stone that make Cusco one of the most dynamic cities in Peru.
On Summer in Peru, you will study at a Cusco-based satellite campus of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, a well-known Peruvian university. 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 culture of assessment, innovation and continuous improvement." Student-faculty interaction is key to the university’s success—and yours.
Summer in Peru offers 2 study options: you can focus on your Spanish in the Spanish Immersion Program, or you can take a Spanish-language course and a Peru-focused course 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.
Beautiful Sacred Valley with ruins, market towns, mountain hiking, and more
Study Spanish in the Andes: Spanish-language courses at all levels
Exceptional housing options: apartments with other participants or a homestay with a local family
Students from around the world
Classes in diverse subjects in English
Strong on-site support from the University staff
Great, inexpensive Andean cuisine, including local specialty cuy (guinea pig!)
The people from Cusco are kind and welcoming. As soon as you arrive in Cusco, you’ll find that everyone wants to share their rich history with you! They are always willing to show you the city’s archaeology or explain the history of an Incan building.
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.
The Summer in Peru program is in a great location, and you’ll find most things are just a quick walk from your housing. But there is so much more to explore outside of Cusco. The Sacred Valley contains dozens of ruins and many villages, each with their own personality and interesting attributes. It would be easy to spend a full year exploring the Sacred Valley.
Program dates for Summer 2018 are as follows:
Session 1: May 17 - June 23
Session 2: June 28 - August 5
**You can enroll in both sessions.
**Dates are approximate.
During your summer in Cusco, you’ll be able to choose from two different housing options.
Apartments: You can live in dorm style apartments called “Casa de Don Ignacio”, which are located just a few blocks from Cusco’s main square, Plaza de Armas. The dorm style apartments have shared bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen with a stove and a fridge, a television and wireless internet access. Housekeeping and sheets are also included, and laundry can be done for a small fee. The building also has a TV room and a computer room that all students have access to. You’ll have breakfast provided, although all other meals are self-catered. If you prefer a single room, you can request that for a higher rate. The apartment’s convenient location means that you can have access to all of Cusco’s best attractions just minutes from your door!
Homestays: You also have the option of living with a local Peruvian family, which students usually report was their favorite part of studying abroad. By being treated as part of the family, you’ll get to completely immerse yourself in Peruvian culture in a way not many people get to do! Breakfast and dinner will be provided for you daily, along with bed linens, utilities, and regular laundry services. Each of our homestay families have been carefully interviewed and visited to make sure that you will feel safe and comfortable during your time in Cusco.
Application Requirements and Deadlines:
Applicants must have at least a sophomore standing.
Applicants to this program have 2 applications to complete: Valpo and CISabroad
The Valpo deadline to apply to Summer 2018 programs is March 1st, 2018. Click the Apply Now button at the top right of this page to begin the Valpo application.
The CISabroad deadline to apply depends on the session for which you are applying:
Session 1: April 1
Session 2: May 1
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
If needed, students are able to work with financial aid to help with the cost of the program. Scholarships are also available.
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation.
The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. Personal expenses include personal items, additional personal travel, meals, shopping, and other activities. Students should consider their individual spending habits when estimating their personal expenses for the program.
Program Contact Information:
Emily Garcia - Study Abroad Advisor
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Book an Advising Appointment: emily-garcia.youcanbook.me
Apply for a Passport:
Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months past the program's end date. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.