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CIS Abroad: Semester in Cusco, Peru (Third Party)

The Program

During your semester, you will study at a satellite campus of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, a well-known university based in Lima. The experienced faculty and quality academics make this a unique and innovative study abroad experience that focuses on student-faculty interaction.

You will combine Spanish-language study with extracurricular activities that will serve to fully integrate you into life in Cusco! The university uses modern technology-inspired teaching methods to make your study abroad experience both challenging and rewarding.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits per semester upon completion of this program. On Semester in Cusco, you’ll take up to 5 courses, a combination of Spanish-language and Peru-focused courses taught in English. All levels of Spanish, from beginner to advanced, can be accommodated. A placement test taken when you arrive in Peru will determine the best language course for you. The classes are highly interactive, and the field trips built into the curriculum will help you gain a true understanding and appreciation of this magnificent area.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study Contemporary Culture and Society of Peru 3 12/31/2020
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study n/a Inca Architecture 3 6/30/2022
ART 2993 Foreign Study n/a Photography in Cusco 3 6/30/2020
EEB 3893 Foreign Study EEB 3893 Biodiversity of Peru 3 6/30/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study History of Inca Civilization 3 12/31/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study n/a HISTORY OF THE INCA CIVILIZATION 3 12/31/2021
LLAS 1193 Foreign Study (in Latin American Studies) n/a Andean Nutrition 3 12/31/2021
MGMT 4893 Business in Peru and Latin America n/a Business in Peru and Latin America 3 6/30/2022
NRE 3693 Foreign Study in Natural Resources n/a Biodiversity of Peru 3 6/30/2019
NUSC 1693 International Studies in Nutritional Sciences n/a Andean Nutrition 3 6/30/2022
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study Communications Psychology 4 12/31/2020
SPAN 1193 Foreign Study n/a Intermediate Spanish 4 6/30/2019
SPAN 3293 Foreign Study n/a Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru 3 6/30/2020
SPAN 3293 Foreign Study n/a LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA 3 6/30/2022

The Experience

During your semester, you’ll also get to go on excursions and field trips to check out the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu, the Sacsayhuman fortress, and other archaeological sites. Cusco is full of technology and restaurants and bars with food from around the world that cater to the many tourists and ex-pats that call visit and live in Cusco. The city also has a very different side to it, with local markets, indigenous people that don’t speak Spanish, and countless museums to explore.

Apartments: If you choose to live in student apartments, you will live in “La Casa de Don Ignacio,” just a few blocks from the main square, Plaza de Armas.  Each dorm style apartment offers shared bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room, a small kitchen with a stove and refrigerator, a television and wireless internet access.

Homestays: Students usually report that living in a homestay was their favorite part of studying abroad. You’ll get to truly immerse yourself in Peruvian culture by living with a family and getting an inside look at life in Cusco. Two delicious meals a day are provided, along with bed linens, utilities, and laundry services. All of the host families have been interviewed and visited to make sure that they will provide you with a safe and comfortable home during your stay in Cusco.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. 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, Spring
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75