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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Field of Study: Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Culture, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Studio Art Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: TRiO Program Participant, Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term GPA Requirement: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type: Family home-stay
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Number of Credits Offered: 6
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Budget Friendly Click here for a definition of this term Payable Amount: $350
Program Description:
Global Foundations  
Cuzco, Peru
June 25 - August 1, 2020
Program Description: Discover Peru this summer and study in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cuzco, located in the Andes Mountains! Bond with other TRiO, HAAMI, and Student Success Program (SSP) students as you participate in service learning activities and travel to the ancient capital city of the Incas, where the city is an extension of the classroom. The city's unique history and location (near Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World) allow you to study your subjects in a hands-on manner. You will take 2 classes for a total of 6-9 credits, and you may select a Spanish language course as one of those courses or take two electives taught in English. 
Program Cost: Program Cost Includes: Program Cost does not include (amounts below are estimates and may change):
$4,300 with Host Family
(Program Cost Subject to Change)
  • $350 application fee
  • International Student ID Card (ISIC)
  • Administrative Fees
  • Tuition for two classes
  • Housing
  • 3 meals/day with homestay 
  • Salsa dancing class
  • Airport pick-up
  • Library access
  • Arrival orientation and welcome ceremony
  • Optional Service Learning placement
  • International health insurance
  • Round-trip airfare ($1,300)
  • Additional meals for those living in Casa Don Ignacio ($450)
  • Additional transportation costs for those living with host families ($130)
  • Public transportation ($125)
  • Textbooks ($10 - $50)
  • Optional Cooking Class ($10)
  • Optional Excursion Package including Machu Picchu ($500 paid in US dollars cash upon arrival)
  • Personal Expenses
*Please note: We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.
Withdrawal Policy: Applicants must notify the University of Memphis Study Abroad Office of their withdrawal from the program no later than April 12, 2020. Otherwise, as of April 12, students are 100% financially committed. No refunds are available after April 12, 2020. Students who withdraw after the program Withdrawal Date are still 100% responsible for final payment, regardless of participation. Any student that leaves the program early after arriving onsite will not be granted a refund.

Course Options: All students will take the following courses, taught in English. Each course is 3 US credit hours.
Please note: Memphis course equivalents below are estimates and must be confirmed by your academic advisor.
Elective Courses - Click to see tentative, concise syllabus: Language Courses taught in Spanish (Syllabi available in the online application)
  • Beginning Spanish (SPAN 1010/1020)
  • Pre-Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2010/2020)
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 3301/3303)
  • Advanced Spanish (SPAN 3311/3313)
Please note: If you already have taken SPAN 3301, 3301, 3311, and/or 3313, you might still be able to take the course for upper division Spanish credit. Check with your Spanish major advisor to see how the classes could apply towards your degree.
**Courses listed are subject to a minimum enrollment and subject to change. Additional courses may be offered.

Host Family Stay: Live with a local Peruvian family! Students are usually given their own room but might share a room with another student. The  family provides 3 meals/day, seven days a week. Students living with host families will typically take a 10-15 minute taxi ride to get to school in the city center. The average cost of this taxi ride is only about $1.50! Students will have a coordinator on-site to speak with in case of any concerns regarding their housing.

Fun Fact: Did you know the average high temperature year-round in Cuzco is in the low to mid 60s? Peru is in the southern hemisphere, so seasons are reversed. It's high elevation and proximity to the equator also account for the consistent average high temperatures. Escape the Memphis heat this summer in Peru!

Study Abroad Access Initiative (SAAI): The goal of the Study Abroad Access Initiative (SAAI) is to encourage University of Memphis (UofM) student populations that have been identified as underrepresented in study abroad to participate in an international education experience by eliminating the upfront financial barriers associated with the cost of study abroad. The UofM Center for International Education Services (CIES) is partnering with the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change in offering active members of the TRiO Program and the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI).

Scholarship Opportunities: Students may qualify to apply to various scholarships to help pay their program cost. Students should consult with a study abroad advisor to learn what they are eligible to apply for and to see which financial aid they currently receive that might be able to be used towards the program cost. Click here to apply to the Access Initiative Scholarship. 
Check out this great YouTube video from one of our students about her trip to Cuzco!

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