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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 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Field of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Biology, Business, Culinary Arts, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Food & Culture, Health Sciences, History, Hospitality & Resort Management, International Business, International Studies, Nutrition, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religion, Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Zoology Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term GPA Requirement: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Course Credit Type: Transfer Credits
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
Program Description:
Class in Cuzco - Discover Peru!
May 13 - June 20, 2020

Cuzco, Peru

Machu Picchu  Peru

Discover Peru this summer and study in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cuzco, located in the Andes Mountains! Join other UofM students 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.

With a choice of housing arrangements, unique course offerings, field trips, on-site staff, and low cost of living, this program is ideal for students who want to gain an immersive, cultural, academic experience. Additional excursions, including a visit to Machu Picchu, are available at an extra cost for those who want to do more exploring!

Click the photo to watch a video of the program!
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Your University: USIL - Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola International Center is located in the historic center of the city.  An extension of their main campus in Lima, the Cuzco location was once a residence of the Inca nobility, which was then turned into a Spanish colonial-style house. This historical place of study offers modern facilities, including a computer lab and Wi-Fi along with a library and conference hall.
Program Cost: Program Cost Includes: Program Cost does not include (amounts below are estimates and may change):
$4,470 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

Your Courses: Students will select two courses, for a total of 6-9 credits. Elective courses are 3-4 credits and taught in English unless otherwise stated. Most English-taught elective courses include multiple tentatively-planned field trips, which may include museums, archaeological sites, native rural communities, landscapes rich in biodiversity, and cultural events! Spanish language courses are worth 6 credits. Students taking Spanish courses will take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival for placement into the appropriate course.
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.

Your Housing: 

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!

Check out this great YouTube video from one of our students about her trip to Cuzco!

Click the photo to see more about the enchanting city of Cuzco and the surrounding area! 


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