Cusco, Peru

Peruvian Studies

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Information for term Peruvian Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Aug 27 – Dec 16, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Discover a kaleidoscope of culture and history in this picturesque region of Peru. At slightly more than 11,000 feet, the Andean city of Cusco is situated on top of what was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Live with a local host family; practice your Spanish as you prepare and share meals; shop at local markets; and mingle with Cusqueño people, most of whom are bilingual in Spanish and Quechua - the local indigenous language. It’s all part of the mix, or mestizaje, of Andean and Catholic traditions, and old and new – that makes this South American experience so unique.

Unique Experiences

  • Discover Machu Picchu

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

  • Sacsayhuaman

    Take in the grandeur of this former citadel, built by the Inca using giant stones - some weighing over 300 tons and nearly 30 feet tall – located high above the city of Cusco.

  • Awanachancha Textile Market

    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.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites




Location & Culture

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Once the capital of the Inca Empire, modern day Cusco is a colorful mix of contemporary and traditional.   Most “Cusqueños” speak Quechua and Spanish, but with over three million visitors a year, the air is often filled with a variety of languages. Walking down the streets of the historic district, visitors can see the mestizaje (mixture) of architecture – colonial adobe walls and ceilings built upon massive foundations and gates of Incan palaces of the past.  In 1983, the city of Cusco was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as was nearby Machu Picchu - one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

  •  Explore Cusco’s fascinating past visiting ancient ruins and historical sites
  •  Spend a mystical day taking in the wonder of Machu Picchu
  •  Walk back centuries in the Sacred Valleys as you stroll the stepped terraces of Ollantaytamnbo and the nearby Maras salt ponds

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

  • Volunteer to help teachers in the classroom work with disadvantaged children.
  • Improve your leadership skills by volunteering in underserved communities with community building efforts.

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Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Homestay: Students stay with local Peruvian families where most have at least one family member speaks some English.

  • Meals

    Homestays provide students with three meals per day, laundry once a week, purified water, and internet access.

Cusco, Peru

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Cusco


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    Plaza Mayor de Cusco


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    Machu Pichu


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What you need to know

The program details

Nestled high in the Andean mountains - at 11,000 ft., the ancient city of Cusco is an incredible setting for your Peruvian Studies program.  Enroll in classes taught in English and Spanish in the humanities, social sciences, and art, as well as Spanish language classes.  Courses are taught by academics and local and international experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of complementary co-curricular and volunteer activities, plus stimulating excursions which promote a deeper understanding and integration into your host community as active global learners.


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    Courses are for CIEE students only.


    Grades are based on a combination of classroom participation, attendance, projects, and essays. Final grades may be composed of exams, papers, homework assignments, projects, attendance, and a final exam.

  • Academic Culture

    Students may notice some differences between education systems: formality, the need to take copious notes, and focus more on memorization. Peruvian students begin their academic studies fulfilling general education requirements in the first two years and then study a specialized field for three years. However, because this program is exclusive to CIEE, the academic culture, grading system, dates, and student-instructor relationships are similar to the U.S. system.


  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Program Requirements

    Students are required to enroll in 5 courses for 15 semester credits.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits

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

Language of Instruction

Students are required to enroll in five courses from language and content electives.

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Latin America Flight Voucher

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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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



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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 16 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 27, 2020 Dec 16, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,783 **

Housing = $2,700

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $320

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $3,120

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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.

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