Study Abroad in Lima, Peru

Quick Facts | Why Lima? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing |Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | Volunteer Opportunities | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester and Academic Year programs:

  • Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Eligibility Rules: click here
Academic Focus:

Open to all Spanish levels. Courses available in English and Spanish. Subject areas with classes in English include Business, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Finance, Economics, International Business, International Relations, Environmental Management, Law, Marketing, Agro-Industrial Engineering and Agribusiness, Architecture and Urban Planning, Industrial and Commercial Engineering,Information Systems Engineering, Civil Engineering and Real Estate Development, Hospitality Management, Gastronomy and Restaurant Management, Tourism Management, Culinary Arts, Art and Design, Business Psychology, Communications and Spanish Language.

In addition to the courses taught in English, many of the courses are also taught in Spanish for those students who have an advanced level of Spanish fluency.

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Housing: All students will live with Peruvian host families.  Daily breakfast and dinner are provided, as well as Internet. For further details about living with a host family, please click here!
Sample Excursions: Lunahuaná, Pachacamac

Why Lima?

  • Lima has been called “the next great food city” and the culinary capital of the Americas
  • Local beaches
  • Filled with beautiful parks
  • Rich in history and culture
  • Easy travel to other South American countries from Lima airport

City Description – Large city of 7.6 million

The capital of Peru and its largest city, Lima has 7.6 million people and is located on the central western coast of the country. With a history dating back 5,000 years, Lima offers a multitude of adventures and majestic scenery to explore. Today, it is a modern, bustling city and Peru’s center of business and politics. Yet, it retains a rich sense of tradition and culture. If you’re a “foodie,” Lima is the place to be! Lima is globally recognized for its cutting edge cuisine and has been called “the next great food city,” as well as the culinary capital of the Americas – an impressive reputation that anyone who loves food must experience first-hand!

Caught in a coastal fog known as the garua, Lima can take on a dreamlike appearance. It is perfect for the explorer who likes to visit ancient archaeological sites and pre-Columbian temples, bask in the sun on the white sand beaches, paddle out to catch some waves, or visit giant sand dunes just south of the city. Lima also offers spectacular museums highlighting Peru’s rich heritage, such as the famous Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology and the Museum of the Republic.

Full of Creole flair and beauty, the Plaza Mayor is the main square in Lima and is considered the heart of the city. You’ll never be bored – by day, you can explore the many parks, museums, ruins, mansions, and churches, and at night, let yourself get caught up in Lima’s lively bohemian nightlife, full of food, live music, and dancing.

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is a bilingual university with campuses in both Cuzco and Lima. USIL offers innovative educational options with a focus on entrepreneurship. Although this is a Spanish-speaking university, many regular university courses, taken by both Peruvian and international students, are taught in English, as the university believes this will prepare their graduates for a competitive labor market.

In Lima, the university has 2 campuses. The first campus has three buildings and can accommodate approximately 4,000 students. On this campus you will find large classrooms, laboratories, library, Student Center, café, and the Culinary Arts School. You must not forget to try the on-campus Don Ignacio Restaurant, the first teaching restaurant in Peru which offers training in restaurant management and serves an exclusive and exciting gourmet menu.

On the second campus, you will find the Business School and the Center for Entrepreneurship. Finally, USIL has an open-air sports center that all ASA students may utilize. Because USIL feels sports play an important role in student life, they have ample facilities for all types of sports.

Another important mission of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is to help solve social issues within Peru. With this goal in mind, USIL started a social responsibility initiative called Alianza Social Universitaria. This alliance aims to train socially responsible professionals and entrepreneurs, who are capable of enacting change that will improve the quality of life in the country of Peru.


All students will live with Peruvian host families. Homestay accommodation includes daily breakfast and dinner.  All student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from the university. For full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to common questions, please visit our Housing Page!


1 overnight excursion is included. Destination may vary by term. Past semesters have included:

  • Lunahuaná (overnight excursion) – Lunahuaná is a small village south of Lima with a history dating back to the origins of Peru, as far as 6000 BC.  During the expansion of the Inca Empire, it became a major city.  In this charming town, you can go rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or take a culinary tour of expertly prepared local Peruvian dishes such as tamales, adobo pork, duck, and pisco.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Lima Program

  • ROOM & BOARD: With a Peruvian host family. Daily breakfast and dinner are included.  Rooms are double occupancy.  We cannot guarantee you a single room. For further details about living with a host family, please click here!
  • TUITION at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola for a maximum of 15 U.S. semester credits per semester. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: 1 overnight excursion, location to be decided.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Lima (LIM) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • 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:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Daily lunch
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Visa Fees  (Tourist Visa, Student Visa, and/or Visa Extension)
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, room and board and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

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NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.

Volunteer Opportunities

Participating in volunteer activities in Lima 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.  The Alianza Social Universitaria (University Alliance for Social Action) is a team of Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola volunteers that works on developing social responsibility programs and projects with guidance from the university’s Center for Social Responsibility.  This group is committed to social development and welcomes you to join them in their efforts to improve the local community!

In addition, ASA’s Site Director in Lima can assist you in finding volunteer opportunities related to your particular expertise or interests.


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