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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 05/01/2020 05/01/2020 08/27/2020 12/16/2020
Spring 2021 11/15/2020 11/15/2020 01/21/2021 05/16/2021
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Homestay Program Type: Study
Program Description:

Peruvian Studies


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Program Overview

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, modern day Cusco is a colorful mix of contemporary and traditional. Most “Cuzqueños” 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.

Unique Experiences


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.


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.


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.

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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.

What's Included

  • 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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  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
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  • iNext travel insurance included


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