Cusco, Peru

Summer Peruvian Studies

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Information for term Summer Peruvian Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 19 – Jun 16, 2019 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 per Session semester hours / 4.5 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 16 – Jul 15, 2019 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 per Session semester hours / 4.5 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 19 – Jul 15, 2019 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 per Session semester hours / 4.5 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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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.

  • OBSERVE

    the ancient city of Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu mountain.

  • EXPERIENCE

    ancient Incan technology and waterworks at the Inca citadel of Ollantaytambo.

  • BREATHE IN NATURE

    hiking through the breathtaking Sacred Valley.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    12
  • Native Languages

    47
  • Different Microclimates

    90

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 c.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 and dance and live shows and street performances daily. Catering to an international audience (80% of tourists are foreign), 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. Walking down the street in the historic district, visitors can also appreciate the mestizaje (mixture) of the architecture, the massive foundations and gates of Inca palaces of the past, 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 modern world in 2007.

Excursions & Activities

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.

Maras Salt Mines
The famous salt mines of Maras has approximately 3,000 salt pools at the base of Qaqawiñay mountain and supposedly, has 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

    Improve your Spanish skills and participate in daily life living with a local Peruvian family. Laundry access included.

  • Meals

    Host families provide three meals a day.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

 Students take courses taught in English in social science or art and have the option to take a one-credit Spanish language class to complement their summer experience. There are no prerequisites. All courses will be taught by academics and local experts from a range of local and international accredited universities. Students also can 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.

Academics

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Academics

  • Class Format

    Class size ranges from 5 to 20 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. Peruvian students begin their academic studies with two years fulfilling general education requirements and then studying in 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Curriculum

Total summer credit:

3-4 semester/4.5-6 quarter hours.

Students enroll in one content course of 3 credits and have the option of taking a one-credit Communicative Spanish 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.

Scholarships

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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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

 

No Hidden Fees

Program

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End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 19, 2019* Jun 16, 2019*
$3,950
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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 = $2,733 **

Housing = $750 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $550

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $90

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $625

Total Estimated Costs = $2,490

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

*** Includes two meals daily

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

Summer Session I and II 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 19, 2019* Jul 15, 2019*
$7,110
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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 = $5,143 **

Housing = $1,500 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,110

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $180

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,250

Total Estimated Costs = $3,830

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.

See Scholarships

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

*** Includes two meals daily

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

Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 16, 2019* Jul 15, 2019*
$3,950
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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 = $2,733 **

Housing = $750 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $550

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $90

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $625

Total Estimated Costs = $2,490

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.

See Scholarships

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

*** Includes two meals daily

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

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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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