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Quick Facts

Host Institution: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola - Semester and Summer programs
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language/Academic Focus: Courses available in Spanish and English. Subject areas include Spanish language, Peruvian culture, Literature, Biodiversity, Art, and Art History. (Click here for Course Offerings)
Housing: Students can choose to live with a host family, which includes 3 meals per day, or in a residence hall where no meals are included.
Sample Excursions: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley

Why Cuzco?

  • Historic capital of the Inca Empire
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Easy access to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail
  • Amazing location for those interested in archaeology
  • Housing with a host family to improve your Spanish
  • Small class sizes

City Description - Medium city of 350,000

Located in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the miraculous Andes mountain range, Cuzco is the original home to the Inca Empire. The undisputed archeological capital of the Americas, Cuzco boasts some of the world's most impressive historical sites.

Start your adventure on the Inca Trail where you will be surrounded by a unique mixture of scenery including lush forests, subtropical jungles, and majestic mountains all while walking along ancient paths and ruins. Considered one of the best hiking trails in the world, this trail will lead you to the famous "Lost City" of Machu Picchu nestled high in the Andes Mountains.

Another archeological marvel is the Sacred Valley of the Incas which is located nearly 2000 ft below the level of Cuzco. This enchanted valley winds along both the Urubamba river and the Vilcanota river and is home to spectacular ruins and some of the most beautiful towns in Peru including Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros and Maras where you can enjoy the sacred agricultural land, buy handmade goods, or further fuel your adventurous side by kayaking, hang gliding, climbing, or horse back riding.

The city of Cuzco is full of life day and night. By day enjoy the charming streets surrounded by stone arches constructed by the Spaniards or seek out ancient treasures hidden within the colonial mansions and churches such as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. At nightfall the city of Cuzco is beautifully lit up and alive with energy, music, and culture.

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is a bilingual university which has been graduating young entrepreneurs who contribute to the sustainable development of Peru for the past 11 years. The university was created as an innovative option in education, promoting entrepreneurship among the students. All courses are taught in English as the university believes that it will make their graduates better prepared for a competitive labor market.

The mission of the university is to produce humanistic, entrepreneurial, leading professionals who conduct research and contribute toward the sustainable development of Peruvian society.

The university has campuses in both Cuzco and Lima.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What's Included - Cuzco

  • ROOM & BOARD: Students can choose to live with a Peruvian host family (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week) OR in a residence hall (daily breakfast included). Rooms are double occupancy.
  • TUITION at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Possible number of semester credits: 12-15 per semester or 6 per summer session.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of the cell phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at their host university.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at Cuzco (CUZ) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to "Student Visa Information" to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Student Visa
  • Daily lunch and dinner (for students who live in the residence hall)
  • Meals on excursions 
  • Volunteering donation fee (optional)

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a "Costs of Attendance" budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at) 

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.

Volunteer Opportunities

Participating in volunteer activities in Cuzco is an excellent way to immerse yourself in your host country's way of life while helping those in need. In effect, this will add another dimension to your study abroad experience through daily exposure and interactions, resulting in a greater understanding of the language, culture, and your local community.

USIL offers various volunteer opportunites that all students may participate in.  Please click here to see the kinds of ways you can give back!  

In addition, USIL is now offering a Service Learning class that incorporates volunteer hours into the coursework.  This class is called, "Institutions in Peruvian Society" - for more details about this class, please click here.  

*A $150.00 donation fee is required for students wishing to volunteer during their time in Cuzco.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info