- Cusco, Peru
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- This program explores the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic population, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic groups.
Topics for study include:
•Rights, advocacy, and policy
•The arts, including pre-Columbian artistic expression
•Impact of international corporations
Acquire a deeper understanding of the lives, cultures, and challenges of indigenous peoples. By examining the Quechua, native Amazon, and mestizos experiences in the Peruvian context, students learn about the issues facing indigenous peoples in relation to identity politics and globalization.
Students meet with local leaders, indigenous oralists, artisans, laborers, farmers, historians, linguists, policymakers, scholars, and educators.
The interdisciplinary coursework in the Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization program focuses on Peru's traditional and contemporary indigenous societies in the context of both Peruvian identity politics and the transnational pressures of globalization. Students learn about the history and cultural identity of Peru's native Amazon and campesinos communities while examining these groups' community development, preservation, and advocacy efforts in the context of shifting global forces. Students participate in a variety of research and cultural activities throughout the semester and learn from researchers, academics, professionals, practitioners, and community experts. During the final month of the semester, students leverage their field study experience and research skills to conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP).
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- In addition to the in-country orientation and concluding re-entry and wrap-up exercises, the program consists of the following components: •A six-week homestay in Cusco during which students take intensive Spanish and Quechua language instruction and begin their Field Study Seminar and interdisciplinary seminar on Indigenous People and Globalization •A three-week period in which students conduct field studies and complete educational excursions •A four-week Independent Study Project
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Please see our website for more information.
Based on 10 Reviews
- A Semester of Growth and Accomplishment01/14/20
My semester in Peru with SIT Study Abroad was all I could have hoped for and more. I entered the program with big goals and I can proudly say that I achieved them. I am now an advanced Spanish speaker, I completed an intensive research project I am passionate
about, I am a capable traveler and can engage across cultures. This is not an easy program - it takes commitment, drive, focus. I was so pleased with my professors and the program staff for how they facilitated the program while providing space for independence and challenge. Further, they made me think in new ways and valued curiosity above anything else. Peru as a country and culture is incredible, and being in Cusco offers so much opportunity to learn, practice Spanish, and become comfortable in a vastly different culture. In the end, I am so grateful for all I learned and accomplished and I am confident this experience will benefit me hugely in the future.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Journey Through Peru01/14/20
When looking at study abroad programs, I knew that I wanted a program that not only would be academically enriching, but that would also provide a fun and adventurous experience. Due to my focus on International Relations, the programs focus on globalization
seemed like a great way to put into practice that which I had learned through my college classes. Throughout my semester abroad, I was constantly learning new information which was enhanced by our field based experiences. The staff of the program did everything that they could in order to make sure that we felt safe, comfortable, and engaged throughout the program. Each of the trips we did throughout the program allowed us to learn about indigenous communities while getting to see beautiful sites. I will forever remember all the amazing places that we got to visit. Something else that was great about the program was the host family I was placed with. They did everything possible to make sure that I felt like I was a part of their family and always checked in to see if there was anything they could do so I could feel more at home. Another great thing about the program was the research component. The way the program spaced it out made it a lot less daunting to complete the research project, there were also multiple check-ins as well as due dates which broke up the project in little parts. I will actually be using my research as the foundation for my college thesis. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to explore and go on fun adventures while being academically engaged in a supportive environment.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Good Times, Great People and a Wonderful Place01/09/20
This program is wonderful in that you get to do so much traveling as part of the curriculum, learn about different cultures and really immerse yourself in the language. I definitely learned a lot in the process of talking to community members and leaders
and recommend this program to anyone who wants to explore and challenge their ideas. While the workload is fairly light outside of the readings and a few essays, the lectures could get a bit stale and repetitive. For me, most of the real learning took place outside of class and on our travels, but the class sessions do help with giving you a bit of context and history of the place beforehand. I liked the administration and had a lot of good experiences with them, but I know some students found them a little too professional and a bit detached at times. Still, they were fun to be with and quirky when you least expected it! The academic director is very knowledgeable and helpful and the rest of the staff is there to support you with anything you need.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization01/08/20
This program was truly incredible. During my time in Peru, I was able to learn so much about Peruvian history and culture, and also greatly improve my Spanish skills through direct immersion. One of the many joys about this program was getting to know
my host family and the new friends I made through the program. Everyone was very kind, and we all got along really well. This program was really cool because the classes were intriguing and academically challenging, but we also had plenty of free time to explore Cusco. I went on a lot of day trips on the weekends and got to see some amazing sights, like Rainbow Mountain and Lake Humantay. The program also has several planned excursions that take the students all around Peru, from the island of Taquile in the middle of Lake Titicaca to the jungles of the Amazon region. These excursions were my favorite part, because we got to explore places outside of Cusco and meet people from all of those cities as well.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization01/30/19
I studied abroad in Peru through the SIT Study Abroad program in Spring 2018 and it was definitely the highlight of my undergraduate experience! The program is based in Cuzco, so a good amount of my time was spent there. However, I was able to visit so
many different parts of the country. For example, I visited the Sacred Valley, where I hiked Machu Picchu; the Peruvian Amazon, where I got to travel through the Amazonia; Lake Titicaca and Puno, where I lived with an indigenous family, and lastly; Arequipa and Colca Canyon, where I got to relax but continue to explore another amazing region. Besides the excursions, traveling to Peru through SIT allowed me to immerse myself in the culture by living with a Peruvian host family in Cuzco and again with an indigenous Peruvian family where I was able to practice my Spanish and even learn another language: Quechua: the language of the Inca empire. And to top it all off, I was able to travel independently as I conducted field research and developed my very own independent study project. Specifically, I was able to choose a topic that I was personally and academically interested in, travel to a region where my topic was relevant, live in such area, interact and investigate that community and then produce a piece of writing that illustrated my findings. It was quite intense but it was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that allowed me to continue learning about various aspects of the Peruvian culture. I would say the program has a strong anthropologic basis. However, if you are interested in learning about cultures, globalization, the environment, religion, and anything related to such, studying abroad in Peru through SIT will allow you to learn and experience each and everyone of these focuses in multiple facets. Ultimately, if you would like to be in a country and with a program that allows you to be in the city but also the country- side, learn inside and outside the classroom, and most importantly, allow you to learn about a different world while also learning about yourself, SIT Peru is the program for you!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Pero like.....let me go back please!02/15/17
I had such an amazing experience abroad with SIT Peru. I'm a Junior studying Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish and this program filled a lot of requirements I was looking for. I had a great host family experience, got to practice Spanish on a daily basis,
and visited so many beautiful places in this amazing country. The courses were interesting and while the ISP is a lot of work, it's a very valuable experience. I wish I could go abroad every semester!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- SIT Study Abroad in Peru02/12/16
Studying abroad in Peru was one of the best choices I’ve made in my life. I had the chance to learn more than I have in any other semester of my academic life, get to know a place that was totally unfamiliar to me before, and to make some of the best
friends I’ve ever had. I could not speak more highly of the program staff or program design. Every experience I had-- each of my different classes, time spent with my host family, trips to Lima or the Amazon, hiking and exploring around the Sacred Valley, getting to know the city of Cusco, interactions with Indigenous communities, and putting together my independent research project—it all came together in a remarkable way to deepen my learning and understanding of Peruvian history and culture and of the issue of globalization. You will be challenged, pushed far outside your comfort zone, and made to understand yourself as you relate to a globalized world in a totally new way. My interest in Latin American studies, globalization, and indigenous peoples and history have totally transformed.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- THE BEST SEMESTER ABROAD!01/26/15
I deeply cherish my study abroad opportunity with the SIT Perú: Globalization and Indigenous People program. Community within the program grows deeply and closely between the students within the program and the program staff, while also offering endless
possibilities for you to be as much or as little immersed into the Peruvian culture, and that of Cuzco specifically during your time there. The lectures and courses we took within the two and a half months in Cusco and travelling to other communities during the excursions were challenging and enriching, providing a unique and realistic visual of the diverse culture, the history of the indigenous communities, and the current state of indigenous communities and their lands today in Perú. The experiences during the excursions were all so beautifully different, but enticing in how we learned hands-on about cultures and the people of varying indigenous communities, learning values and crafts of their communities alongside them. However, the most life-changing aspect of this program, other than the love and care of Alex Alvarez, the program director, and Milagros del Carpio, the program coordinator, is the month-long independent study project. The idea that a program would grant you the opportunity to study not only a topic of your passions, but also with a community or in an area of the country which interests you most, is beautiful-- especially when the first two and a half months of the program help to create, form, and execute your topic of investigation, with the aid of the knowledge and encouragement of the program staff and your own personal adviser who specializes in the theme of your investigations. Investing in the culture and the communities and hearts of the people of Perú was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I went to learn about Peruvian culture and study the language, but I left with a heart full of locals who felt completely like family, of memories and laughter of adventure, self-discovery, and exploration, and of an enrichment in not only the Spanish language, but of what it looks like and means, and feels, to get your hands in the dirt alongside of different versions of "Peruvian." A part of me, and life, and love, and home, and place, and the power of people and storytelling remains in the mountains of Perú, in friendships with fellow tíos and tías, and in el monte of the Amazon jungle with more family with the people of Quero who so invitingly and humbly allowed me to live with them, taught me the elements of their culture, and filled my heart and knowledge with stories of the past and what it means to be Wachiperi.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life in the Andes01/26/15
I had an amazing time during my semester in Peru, and I made friendships (both Peruvians and fellow Americans) that I will keep forever. The program does an amazing job picking host families. I had my own room, excellent internet and 3 amazing host siblings.
I lived 4 blocks from the SIT program center. My favorite memory is the group excursion to Lake Titicaca, and spending 3 days on Taquile Island in host families with one other student. Myself and a friend hiked to the top of the Island and were surrounded by Incan ruins and 360 degrees of blue water and snowcapped mountain tops in the distance. You also visit Arequipa, the Amazon and Lima on the program.Classes are interesting, though perhaps not as rigorous as my home university. The ISP (Independent Study Project) is by far the most challenging, because it involved living in and adapting to a remote community for many of us (several people choose to stay in Cusco or go to a city). The program is very immersive and everyone's Spanish improved a lot. We even learned a little Quechua which was very cool. A possible drawback is that it is potentially difficult to meet Peruvians your own age- it took a little extra effort on my part to do so. I spent a lot of time with my host siblings and their friends and joined a gym and basketball team. Cusqueños are very friendly so making friends was actually very easy.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Cultural Immersion and Independent Study02/27/14
I was looking for a program where I could be immersed in Spanish, be academically engaged, and travel a lot. The educational excursions and the independent research components really drew me in. I really liked that about every two weeks I got to visit
and stay with a homestay in a different region in Perú. The courses were very interesting, but the workload wasn't very demanding. I got the most out of the independent research project where I designed the study, conducted field work, and wrote an analysis all in Spanish. Cuzco has a great nightlife and I always had something fun to do with friends. I enjoyed my homestay experience, where I got to partake in food and family activities like going out to local archaeological sites on the weekend. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Our homebase was Cuzco, a culturally and historically rich area, with many museums and archaeological sites. It is a very safe place, and you can meet many other tourists too. We visited Lima(capital), Iquitos(amazonian jungle), Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon--very diverse regions in Perú, and we learned about the cultures in each part.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend