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Study Abroad in Cusco

The Peru ​Study Abroad / Universidad Andina del Cusco partnership offers a variety of academic programs in Cusco for students and faculty from the United States and Canada. These programs permit students with different levels of Spanish proficiency to improve their Spanish while taking other electives in English. 


If you speak Spanish well enough to take university-level courses in Spanish, then please click HERE for information on the course options at our partner institution, the Universidad Andina del Cusco.

Cusco is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the world and is the capital of the Inca Empire. Situated at the base of the Andes, it is the entryway to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city of Cusco was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 1983 and boasts charming cobblestone streets, stone buildings made by the Incas and exciting nightlife and cafes. In short it is a perfect blend of the old and the new. Excursions may include a city tour, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. Students arrive in Lima and spend several days visiting this important Latin American capital" the "City of Kings".

Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: Spanish and/or English

Transcript will be issued by our partner university in the United States

Courses & Credits - Semester

Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Courses are 3 credits each.

Required Courses
  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced) 

  • COSA in Peru (Community Organizing and Social Activism) 

  • Introduction to COSA 


Elective Courses
  • Indigenous Cultures and Traditional Health and Healing

  • International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

  • Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity of Peru

  • Environmental Justice as a Social Movement

  • Quechua Language (Beginning)​

Courses & Credits - Summer
  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced)​


Students will live in a homestay with a middle-class Peruvian  family who provide full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week) and introduce you to Peruvian family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be a "Cusqueño." Living with a family also means that IPSL students' Spanish proficiency improves dramatically!

Program Director: Cristian López



The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite. The program can accommodate novice to advance Spanish language abilities.

What's Included

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; homestay housing and 3 meals per day seven days per week; health insurance; academic excursions; on-site and on-line orientation, and pre-departure materials. 

What's typically NOT Included 

Passport; visa  (not typically required); vaccine fees; international airfare; books; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and internet access and independent  travel.

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