- Lima, Peru
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
- The Virginia Program in Peru, conducted in cooperation with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya in Lima, offers a unique opportunity for US students to broaden their knowledge of Latin American culture through classroom study and travel, and by living with Peruvian families. The Summer Session takes place during the normal Peruvian academic first semester, and all our courses are open to regular Peruvian university students at our host institution. US students, therefore, have ample opportunity to meet Peruvian students in and outside of class. All participants in the Va Program in Peru Summer Session are assigned Peruvian students as compañeros (companions) to help them meet other Peruvian students, integrate into the life of the host university, and discover the many cultural and social offerings available for them in Lima and in Peru. Credits earned through the program are accredited by the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya. The Virginia Program in Peru is conducted under the auspices of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Official transcripts will be forwarded to any institutions of higher learning in the US.
No previous Spanish Language required. Broaden your knowledge of Latin American culture through classroom study, field trips, and living with a Peruvian family. With a choice of several academic disciplines, students can choose an intensive Spanish language program OR take courses taught in English by regular Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, US, or other Program-approved Peruvian university faculty, applying the standards of first-tier US institutions of higher learning.
The Va Program in Peru is administered by a team of tenured US academics, supported by Peruvian counterparts, with more than fifteen years of experience running a study abroad program in Peru. Among other culturally-oriented activities, the program includes visits to museums, theatrical productions, archaeological Inca and pre- Inca sites, Colonial sites in the city of Lima (founded in 1535), and to the surrounding countryside. A week-long mid-session trip to the Andes and Amazonia is also included in the Program.
- Setting Description:
- Located in the capital city of Lima, students will have the unique opportunity to live with a Peruvian family and interact with Peruvian students and faculty at the Universidad Ruiz de Montoya. During a mid-semester break, students will travel to Tarma and Pichanaki, in the Andes and Amazonia, some 200 miles east of Lima, where they will visit Inca and pre-Inca sites; trek the highlands and spend a night with a highland shepherd’s family; visit with local farmers, school teachers and students; engage with the various local elected authorities; and interact with leaders of the Ashaninka Nation, the largest Amazonian native ethnic group in Peru. At the end of the session and before departure to the US, students may take an optional, program-organized excursion to the city of Cusco, including a visit to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
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- Fantastic program! HIGHLY recommended!!!02/20/12
For students hoping to become truly fluent in Spanish, regardless of whether at a beginner or advanced level, this fantastic program will allow you to achieve that goal in a matter of weeks or months. After five months in Lima, I became conversationally
fluent even though I knew no Spanish prior to arrival. This program in particular is fantastic -- the support staff is always available, they have a network of wonderful host families that live in very safe, friendly neighborhoods, and the courses they offer are great for both the beginning Spanish learner or a student who is already fluent. My experience in Peru was truly life changing, and I am pursing a career in international health as a direct result of my time there. I continue to keep in touch with my host family, the other students who were there with me, and with the in country coordinator now six years later. I would give this program my STRONGEST recommendation to anyone desiring to studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country! Lima, Peru is a fantastic city filled with great food, friendly Peruanos, and centuries of history. The cultural experience Peru offers to visiting students is unparalleled by other Spanish-speaking countries, and the opportunities for regional travel are great (with weekend trips easily possible to Cuzco to visit Machu Picchu, Pisco to do some sandboarding, or the north coast to relax on beautiful beaches). Lima is a diverse city that will appeal to a variety of students -- those who prefer to soak in culture at art museums and fine eateries to those who prefer to dance and drink the night away.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend