Cusco, Peru

January in Cusco

Study Climate Change
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Information for term January in Cusco

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Dec 28, 2020 – Jan 18, 2021
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Bring your desire to learn and/or practice Spanish, your interest in climate change, and your curiosity of the Peruvian culture to Cusco this January. The Climate Change course is taught in English and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

  • HIKE

    through the breathtaking Sacred Valley.


    with the Andean people impacted by climate change.


    ancient wisdom from the Inca civilization.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Native Languages

  • Different Microclimates


Location & Culture

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Cusco, known as the ombligo del mundo (the world’s belly button) by Peruvians, was the center of the Inca empire that lasted between 1400 and 1534, and at its greatest moments, expanded from what today is known as Quito, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile. Modern day Cusco is colorful and lively, brimming with traditional Andean art, dance, live shows, and street performances. Catering to an international audience, a wide range of languages can be heard in the streets, including Quechua, the local indigenous language, which most Cusqueños speak in addition to Spanish. Walk down the street in the historic district to appreciate the mestizaje (mixture) of the architecture, the massive foundations and gates of Inca palaces, with colonial adobe walls and ceilings rising from their solid bases. It is no surprise that in 1983, the city of Cusco was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as nearby Machu Picchu, which was also named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Excursions & Activities

Machu Picchu
Few sites elicit the wonder that Machu Picchu does. Students explore various historical interpretations by historians and archeologists and develop their own idea of the site’s purpose.

Maras Salt Mines
These famous salt mines have approximately 3,000 salt pools at the base of Qaqawiñay Mountain and supposedly, have been in operation since pre-Incan times.

Awanacancha Textile Market and Llama Farm
The Awanacancha Project offers students an unmatched tutorial in traditional textile weaving - from the dying of the yarn, to the intricate traditional Andean weaving techniques.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Homestay – Improve your Spanish skills and discover Peruvian culture living with a local family. Students are placed with carefully screened homestay families, most of which have at least one member who can speak English.

  • Meals

    Host families provide three meals per day.

Cusco, Peru

Where You'll Study

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    Plaza de Armas


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    San Pedro Market


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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

During the January in Cusco program, all students take the required Climate Change course, in English, and participate in a range of complementary co-curricular, personal, and professional development activities to help facilitate integration into the host community as active global learners. The course is taught by an expert and activist in environmental issues in Cusco.

CIEE Cusco is located in the modern Magisterio neighborhood of Cusco and features classrooms, a garden patio, and a rooftop terrace to take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Students have easy access to shops, cafés, restaurants, and public transportation. 


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  • Class Format

    Class size ranges from 5 to 30 students, depending on the popularity of the course. Classes are only open to CIEE students.

  • Grading

    Students are graded on class participation, homework assignments, quizzes, mid-terms, final exams, and papers.

  • Academic Culture

    Students may notice some differences between education systems: formality, the need to take copious notes, and focus on memorization. Because this program is exclusive to CIEE, the academic culture, grading system, dates, and student-instructor relationships are similar to the U.S. system. There is a special emphasis on experiential learning.


  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Program Requirements

    Other than the minimum GPA, there are no program prerequisites.

  • Program Credit

    Total January term credit:

    3 semester/4.5 quarter hours


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Language of Instruction

One required CIEE course

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Peruvian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host country and city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad. Note: January 2020 programs in Latin America are not eligible for CIEE Scholarships and Grants.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2021 Nov 1, 2020 Dec 28, 2020 Jan 18, 2021

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