Courses available in Spanish and English. Subject areas include Spanish language, Peruvian culture, Literature, Biodiversity, Art, and Art History. (Click here for Course Offerings)
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.
Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
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.
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.
1 OVERNIGHT EXCURSION & 1 DAY EXCURSION
TUITIONat 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.
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)academicstudies.com.
Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.
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.
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: