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UConn Spanish Language Education in Lima, Peru (Faculty-led)

The Program

Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member. 

Improve your Spanish proficiency and pedagogy with a semester-long immersion experience in Peru. Fifth year Integrated bachelors/masters students take courses in Spanish language pedagogy at the renowned Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, the number one-ranked university in the country, and and teach Spanish as a second language at a bilingual school in Lima. In addition, students live with Peruvian host families and participate in volunteer experiences at public schools in Lima and the historic Andean city of Cuzco. Students who participate in this program increase their Spanish proficiency and acquire rich, invaluable cultural knowledge to bring back to their Spanish language classes in the United States. In addition, students gain an important cross-cultural understanding of the realities of public and private education in Peru, which they explore while conducting school-based research to meet the inquiry project requirement of the IB/M Program.

Spanish language proficiency should be at least Intermediate High on the ACTFL OPI scale. Please contact please contact the Neag School of Education Lima Program Coordinator, Prof. Michele Back at: for details.

The Academics

This program is only open to admitted 5th year IB/M students for their fall semester of the final year of their program. Participation in this program does NOT delay your graduation date, but enrollment in a summer research methodology course prior to your departure abroad is mandatory. A sample program of study is outlined below (your actual program of study may vary depending upon your interests and available courses):

Intensive Summer Session in Storrs:

  • 3 credit research methodology course (immediately following student teaching)

Fall semester of 5th year in Lima:

  • 3 credit seminar
  • 3 credit internship*
  • 3 credit comparative international education course
  • 3 credit Spanish language advanced methods course

Spring semester 5th year in Storrs:

  • 3 credit seminar
  • 3 credit internship
  • 3 credit multicultural course (must be approved by the IB/M program)
  • 3 credit leadership course (must be approved by the IB/M program)
  • 3 credit elective

*Your internship in Lima is designed to be 18-20 hours per week in schools in addition to a weekly seminar.

The Experience

As an academic strand with the UConn in Lima program each fall, you will live, teach, research, and study in the heart of one of South America’s great urban centers. Homestays with Peruvian families offer full room and board and the opportunity to interact in Spanish on a daily basis, making for a rich cultural experience. The program includes excursions to historic and culturally significant sites, such as Machu Picchu near Cuzco. The experience of a Peruvian university setting, teaching in a bilingual school, and establishing relationships with Peruvian teachers, students, and families make for memories which will last a lifetime.

For more information regarding the academic requirements, including admission standards, internships, and education courses, please contact the Neag School of Education Lima Program Coordinator, Prof. Michele Back at: You can also find some information on international students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú’s fact sheet:


Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall
The Details

  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Terms: Fall
  • Homepage:

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 5th Year Academic area: Education
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3