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Comparative and International Education in Cusco (Faculty-led)

The Program

Improve your Spanish proficiency and global competence with a semester-long immersion experience in Peru. Fifth year Integrated Bachelors/Master’s students take courses in Spanish, intercultural communication, and service learning at the Cusco branch of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), an institution with proven experience serving international students, and engage with K-12 students at local schools. In addition, students have the option of living with Peruvian host families and participating in rich cultural experiences in the historic Andean city of Cusco and its environs. Students who participate in this program increase their Spanish proficiency and acquire invaluable cultural knowledge to bring back to their classes in the United States. In addition, students gain an important cross-cultural understanding of the realities of the Peruvian education system, which they explore while conducting school-based research to meet the inquiry project requirement of the IB/M Program.

*This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member.

Please contact the Neag School of Education Cusco 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 Cusco:

3 credit seminar (EDCI 5094 in your subject area)

3 credit internship* (EDCI 5092)

3 credit service learning or Spanish language course (equivalent to EDCI 5006: Comparative and International Education)

3 credit intercultural communication course (equivalent to CLCS 5306-002/GERM 5305: Development of Intercultural Competence in Education)

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 Cusco is designed to be 18 hours per week in schools in addition to a weekly seminar. Weekly seminars will be conducted online with UConn seminar instructors.

The Experience

As an academic strand with the UConn in Cusco program each fall, you will live, teach, research, and study in South America’s renowned cradle of civilization. Homestays with Peruvian families offer room and board (2 meals per day) 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. The experience of a Peruvian university setting, teaching in a local 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 Cusco Program Coordinator, Prof. Michele Back at You can also find complete information on courses and USIL’s programs and amenities for international students at


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: Cusco, Peru
  • Terms: Fall
  • Homepage:

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 01/19/2018 02/16/2018 08/07/2018 12/08/2018

Fact Sheet:

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