Peru: Cusco Semester

CCIS Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Program Overview

USIL’s international center is located in Cusco, which is in the southeastern part of the country and about an hour flight away from Lima. The city of Cusco was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1983 and has a population of approximately 350,000 people. Along its cobblestone streets there are buildings made by the Incas, built entirely of stone. This magical city also has an exciting nightlife with cafes and restaurants to suit everyone’s tastes. Ten minutes away from the city, many ancient Incan ruins, fortresses and other archaeological ruins can be seen. Cusco is also the gateway city to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, which is an amazing stone settlement in the Peruvian Andes and the most important and beautiful legacy of the ancient Peruvians. During their time in Cusco, students will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Machu Picchu

 

 


Academic Profile

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Cusco

Students take courses in USIL’s recently opened international center, which is housed in a 16th century building with ancient Incan stones lining the classroom walls. Students will take several courses, some of which are taught in English and others in Spanish. The course offerings include Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Spanish. Students with an Advanced level may enroll in Latin American Literature instructed in Spanish. Classes taught in English include Inca Architecture, Art and Design in Cusco, History of the Inca Civilization, Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru, Biodiversity of Peru, and Photography. Classes are small and interactive, providing students with more personalized attention from the instructors.

Each course is three credits and students are encouraged to enroll in 12 - 15 credits each semester.

Course Options
Beginning Spanish
Pre-Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Spanish
Quechua
Business in Peru and Latin America
Biodiversity of Peru
Inca Architecture
Photography
Art & Design in Cusco
Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru
History of the Inca Civilization
Andean Nutrition
Latin American Literature (for Advanced Spanish students)

 


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Students have two different housing options.  The first option includes living in shared, furnished apartments at La Casa Don Ignacio, a student residence conveniently located near the central square, Plaza de Armas, which is close to many stores and restaurants (www.casadedonignacio.com). The student residence offers all the amenities a student would need such as 24-hour front desk, medical assistance, airport pick-up upon arrival and departure, wireless internet, computer room, dining room, TV, laundry service and safe deposit box. Students living at Casa Don Ignacio will also enjoy daily breakfast served in the dining room. Decorated in Incan-style furniture and bright colors, the Casa Don Ignacio provides students with a pleasant place to stay during their time in Cusco.

The second choice is the homestay option which allows students to live with a local Peruvian family.  Students are provided their own room and three meals a day, seven day a week.  Often times there is another student living in the house which allows them to work on homework together or share in the expense of taking the 10-15 minute, approximately $1.20 taxi ride to downtown.  Students will be picked up from the airport in Cusco by their host families and will be dropped off at the airport upon departure. There is onsite support in Cusco to ensure students are happy and healthy in their accommodations.

Student Testimonials

"I had an amazing time studying abroad in Cusco, Peru. The people I met and the places I went were unforgettable. My advice for any students thinking about coming to Cusco is to do it! The city is very safe, and tourist friendly. The people are all very nice and helpful. The housing is really nice, and the breakfast is delicious. Looking back on my experience in Peru, I regret nothing! I made incredible friends and met people from all over the world. I would advise doing a trek to Machu Picchu, not necessarily the Inca Jungle trail, because that is not for everyone, but some sort of trek. It made the entire experience so much more rewarding and powerful." - Amy Young, Montana State University, Spring 2012

"Studying abroad in Cusco, Peru was an extraordinary experience, as I learned many new and exciting things from this program. The city of Cusco, to me, was both an educational and spiritual trip filled with language, culture, history, and adventure that altogether, comprised to be an unforgettable journey that anyone can enjoy." - Chris Lena, Bunker Hill Community, Summer 2012

 

 


Program Details
Cusco Semester Program Details

Duration

Fall 2014:  August 14 - December 6, 2014
Spring 2015: Mid-January - Mid-May

Application Deadline(s)

Fall 2014:  May 15, 2014
Spring 2015:  December 1, 2014

Financial Aid

Students should check with their Financial Aid office at their home school to determine whether their aid is applicable toward study abroad.

Eligibility Requirements

A 2.5 GPA is required, in addition to transcripts and two letters of recommendation. The program is open to students at least 18 years of age at freshman through post-graduate standing. In addition to the CCIS application, students are required to complete an institutional application for USIL.

Language

English and Spanish

Academic Levels

Undergraduate

Costs

Fall 2014:
Program with housing at La Casa Don Ignacio: $7,940 for CCIS members; $8,240 for Non-CCIS members
Program with homestay:  $8,580 for CCIS members, $8880 for Non-CCIS members

Costs Included

Instruction and administrative fees, housing with shared room and daily breakfast if living in Casa Don Ignacio or housing with 3 meals-a-day/7 days-a-week if living with a host family, airport pick-up upon arrival and departure, library access, tutoring services, university ID, orientation and welcome ceremony upon arrival at USIL and insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare (app. $1200 round-trip), meals if living in Casa Don Ignacio (lunch and dinner, app. $200 per month), excursions (app. $200), trip to Machu Picchu (app. $400 for train, bus, guide, hotel, entrance tickets), public transportation (app. $100 per month), and textbooks (app. $10-$50), optional volunteer placement ($150)

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

 


Your Adventure in Peru Begins Here

Students from CCIS member institutions can contact:

Liz Vocasek, Study Abroad Coordinator
Greene International Education Institute
Broward College - WHC Downtown Center
225 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel: 954-201-7709
Fax: 954-201-7708
abroad@broward.edu

 

CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

Students from non-CCIS member institutions can contact:

Bernadette Brennen
Study Abroad Coordinator
Niagara University
P.O. Box 1944
Niagara University, NY 14109
bmb@niagara.edu
(716) 286-8331

CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms above. TTo download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.

YOU MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOME INSTITUTIONS' STUDY ABROAD OFFICE OR ADVISOR OF YOUR INTENTIONS AND ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION. 

In addition to completing the required CCIS Application, students need to download the USIL Application Form and submit the following materials along with the ORIGINAL application with original signature to Liz Vocasek at Broward College. Students must submit the CCIS Application AND the USIL application at the same time.

1) USIL Application Form

2) Four passport-size photos

3) Clear, color, copy of ID-page of passport

4) Copy of your official transcript

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.