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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 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
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 Eligibility: Undergraduate
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 6
Program Description:
Class in Cuzco - Discover Peru!
May 17 - June 24, 2018

Cuzco, Peru

Machu Picchu  Peru

Pay your application fee by Feb. 26 and receive $100 off the program price!

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!

Dr. Silkes, a UofM professor, will be on-site in Cuzco for the first part of the program to provide additional support to UofM students. (There will be bilingual on-site staff in Cuzco throughout the entire program to assist students as well.)

Passport - Students should apply for their passports no later than March 1. Students who have not applied by this date may need to expedite their application, which has an additional cost. Instructions on applying for your passport are here.

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 historic place of study offers modern facilities, including a computer lab and Wi-Fi along with a library and conference hall.

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.  

*(Memphis course equivalents below are estimates and must be confirmed by your academic advisor)

Elective Courses - Click to see tentative, concise syllabus:
Gastronomic Tourism in Cuzco & Peru.pdf
Cultural Heritage Conservation.pdf
- History and Culture of the Incas.pdf
- Inca Architecture.pdf
- Photography in Cuzco.pdf
- Biodiversity of Peru.pdf
- Communication Psychology.pdf
- Healing & Shamanism in Andean and Amazonian Cultures.pdf
- Business in Peru and Latin America.pdf (MGMT 4810 or elective)
Economics and Sociology of Tourism.pdf (Upper division Economics OR Sociology elective)
- Latin American Literature.pdf 
(Advanced Spanish level required - SPAN 4510)

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)
*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:  Students may select either a host family stay or live in the furnished university residence Casa Don Ignacio.

- 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.
- Casa Don Ignacio - Live in a shared (typically 2-3 students), furnished room at the student residence Casa Don Ignacio. The Casa is located near the Plaza de Armas, the central square, and is close to many stores and restaurants. Students will have a 10 minute walk to USIL. Amenities include a 24-hour front desk, wireless internet, computer room, dining room, laundry service (additional fee) and safe deposit box. This is a no-smoking residence. Breakfast is provided daily in the dining room. Students are responsible for their lunch and dinner.  Students may view photos here.

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!

*Program Cost: $4,240 with Casa Don Ignacio or $4,470 with Host Family
*Program Cost Subject to Change

$100 program discount if you pay your application fee by Feb. 26!

Cost Includes:
- $350 application fee
- International Student ID Card (ISIC)
- Administrative Fees
- Tuition for two classes
- Housing
- 3 meals/day with homestay OR daily breakfast with Casa Don Ignacio
- Salsa dancing class
- Airport pick-up
- Library access
- Arrival orientation and welcome ceremony
- Optional Service Learning placement
- International health insurance

Cost does not include (amounts below are estimates and may change):
- 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 ($480 paid in US dollars cash upon arrival)

- Personal Expenses 

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

Questions? Contact the UofM Study Abroad Office at Walk-in advising is available at the following times in 110 Panhellenic Building.

Scholarships are available! Use your Hope Scholarship or possibly other financial aid!

Monday: 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 10:45am 
Thursday: 8:30am - 10:45am
Friday: By appointment only

To apply, click "Apply Now" and log in with your Memphis ID and password. To receive the $150 discount, all items in your online application must be checked off by February 10. The final deadline to apply is March 1.