Peru: Cusco Summer

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. Courses are taught in English and 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.

Students enroll in two courses during a session.  Click here to view current coursework options.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Students live 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 ( The student residence offers all the amenities a student would need such as 24-hour front desk, medical assistance, airport pick-up upon arrival, 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 normally provided their own room and three meals a day, seven days 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

"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 College



Program Details
Cusco Summer Program Details


Summer Session I: May 18 - June 25, 2016
Summer Session II: June 29 - August 6, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Summer Session I:  April 15, 2016  Extended until April 22, 2016
Summer Session II: May 16, 2016

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

The program is open to students at least 18 years of age at freshman through post-graduate standing with a 2.5 GPA or higher.


English and Spanish

Academic Levels



Summer 2016 Session I or II:
Program with homestay w/3 daily meals: $3,820 for CCIS members; $4,220 for Non-CCIS members
Program with housing at La Casa Don Ignacio w/breakfast: $3,920 for CCIS members; $4,320 for Non-CCIS members

Costs Included

Instruction and administrative fees (6 credits), housing in shared room at La Casa Don Ignacio with breakfast or homestay with 3 meals daily, airport pick-up, library access, tutoring services, university ID, orientation and welcome ceremony upon arrival at USIL, and mandatory CISI international health insurance, transcription fee if U.S. transcript required ($300).

Costs Not Included

Airfare (approx. $1,200 round-trip), meals if living in Casa Don Ignacio (lunch and dinner, approx. $300 per month), optional excursions ($200 - 600), public transportation (approx. $100 per month), textbooks (approx. $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

Submit Application Materials To:

Liz Vocasek, Director of Study Abroad & Global Engagement
Greene International Education Institute
Broward College – WHC Downtown Center
225 E. Las Olas Blvd, Bldg. 32/617
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel #: 954-201-7709

How Do I Apply?

Before beginning the application process, you should first speak with the study abroad office at your home institution, or your academic advisor if your home institution does not have a study abroad office.  Please download application materials to your computer.  Do NOT fill forms out in your web browser.

1.)  CCIS Application Form
2.)  2 Academic Recommendations from Professors
3.)  Official transcript
4.)  USIL Application Form
5.)  Housing Form
6.)  One passport-sized photo
7.)  Color copy of ID-page of passport

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.