Cusco, Peru
Program Type:
Intensive Language
Degree Level:
1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:
UAlbany’s study abroad program with the ECELA Spanish Language School gives students the chance to experience rapid advancement in Spanish abilities while experiencing first-hand the Peruvian culture in and around Cusco. As an intensive immersion course (Spanish classes within a "Spanish everywhere" environment), the program's goal is to give you several semesters worth of Spanish skill enhancement in only a few months. In addition to the 20 hour per week language course, you can also participate in cultural activities such as cooking classes, salsa dance lessons, Cinema Latino, and folklore shows.

ECELA is dedicated to helping students get closer to Spanish fluency even if they are not "naturals" at picking up foreign languages. The 50/50 ratio of grammar and conversation, taught in separate sessions, ensures you of balanced progress. The extra small classes (capped at only 8 students) are intimate enough that you will comfortably join the discussion, even if you normally resist raising your hand. Finally, the "demanding yet understanding" teachers and staff push you to do the necessary work so you will vastly improve your Spanish. The program offers daily scheduled activities in and around Cusco. Participating in these activities is an excellent way to practice your new language skills in a fun and exciting environment. Please see our website for more information.

Please see our website for more information.
Setting Description:
Cusco, although just a small city in the Andes Mountains, is one of the continent's biggest tourist attractions. As the former capital of the ancient Incan empire and the "gateway to Machu Picchu" (one of the modern wonders of the world), Cusco is a major hub for archaeological interests. It's also the base for Peru's large indigenous population and home to extensive alternative medicine. Apart from historical sites, you can explore the surrounding nature on mountain bike tours or even head down into the jungle. Please see our website for more information.
Please see our website for more information.