Cuzco

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSemester, Academic Year, Summer programs: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSOpen to all Spanish levels. Classes are available in English and Spanish. Subject areas include: Art and Design, Biodiversity, Business, Communications, Culture of the Incas, Entrepreneurship, History, Literature, Nutrition, Photography.
HOUSINGPeruvian host family (includes 3 meals a day) or Residence Hall/Dorm (includes daily breakfast). Internet is included in all housing.
SAMPLE EXCURSIONSMachu Picchu, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Rainbow Mountain
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

Located in southeastern Peru near the Andes mountains, Cuzco is the original home of the Inca Empire. The undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, Cuzco boasts some of the world’s most fascinating historical sites.

Start your adventure walking along ancient paths and ruins of the Inca Trail surrounded by a unique mixture of scenery from lush forests to subtropical jungles to majestic mountains. Considered one of the best hiking trails in the world, the Inca Trail will eventually lead you to the famous “Lost City” of Machu Picchu, nestled high in the Andes mountains.

Another archaeological marvel is the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located nearly 2,000 feet below the altitude of Cuzco. This enchanted valley winds along two rivers and is home to spectacular ruins and some of the most beautiful towns in Peru. Here you can explore the sacred agricultural lands, buy handmade goods, or go kayaking, hang gliding, rock climbing, or horseback riding.

The city of Cuzco is full of life both day and night. By day, explore the winding streets and stone arches constructed by the Spaniards, or seek out ancient treasures hidden within colonial mansions and churches. At nightfall, the city of Cuzco is beautifully lit up and comes alive with energy and music.

Host Institution

HOST INSTITUTION

UNIVERSIDAD SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA

The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) 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, most of the classes at the Cuzco location are taught in English and are taken with other international students.

An important mission of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is to encourage all students to engage in volunteering. International students can especially benefit from this, as it is a wonderful opportunity to meet Peruvian people and immerse yourself in the local culture, while also helping those in need. During orientation, you’ll have the chance to learn about available volunteer opportunities and sign up. Past students have volunteered in many different capacities, including teaching English and working with neglected children, disabled adults and children, and at-risk teens.

Cuzco is a fantastic choice for those who enjoy the outdoors! If you like horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or rafting, then Cuzco is where you should be! You can hike and bike through the Andes mountains, go kayaking or rafting in the Río Urubamba, or ride horses at one of the numerous ranches not far from Cuzco. Just be sure to wait until you’ve been in Cuzco for a few days, as your body needs to adapt to the higher elevation!

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

UNIVERSIDAD SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA
SUMMER/SEMESTER/ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.70 (Students below 2.70 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. You will need to provide ASA with a scan of your valid passport immediately after being accepted into the program if you did not upload it to your ASA application. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Choose between a Peruvian host family (includes 3 meals a day) or residence hall/dorm (includes daily breakfast). Rooms are single or double occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Bathrooms are shared.

USIL has its own residence hall/dorm in Cuzco, called La Casa de Don Ignacio. It is a boutique teaching hotel of the USIL Department of Hospitality Management and Tourism. It hosts tourists and temporary guests, as well as students who study abroad at USIL. Students will live in an “apartment” housing 2-3 students, with a bathroom, living room, refrigerator, and small kitchen. La Casa de Don Ignacio also has a restaurant where students may purchase meals.

All student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate requests to live with a same-sex friend. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can request a roommate.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn Spanish, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, rooms may be double or single occupancy.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Students living with a host family should consider bringing a small gift for their host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ How far will I live from school?

Most homestays are located about 20 minutes from the university by bus. The residence hall is located about a 15-minute walk from the university.

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

No.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

Semester and summer programs include 1 overnight excursion and 1 day excursion. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Machu Picchu (overnight excursion) – Travel by train from Cuzco for an unforgettable visit to Machu Picchu, an icon of ancient Inca civilization and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Explore breathtaking pre-Columbian Inca ruins and learn about the mysterious history of this amazing feat of engineering, built without the use of wheels or pack animals.

  • Sacred Valley of the Incas (day excursion) – A beautiful drive through the mountains brings you to the Sacred Valley and its magnificent archaeological site, Pisaq. In its traditional indigenous market, you can learn about the local culture and haggle with the sellers. Lunch is at Tunupa, one of the oldest haciendas left by the Spanish. You’ll also visit Urubamba and the Chinchero district, where the majority of inhabitants are of indigenous descent and speak Quechua as their first language.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Aug. 8 – Depart Nov. 30$11,295May 15, ’19June 15, ’19CPF
Spring 2020 Arrive Jan. 16 – Depart May 9$11,595Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19CPSP
Summer I 2020 Mid. May 2020 – Mid. June 2020 (TBA)$4,995March 15, ’20April 1, ’20CPSUI
Summer II 2020 Late June 2020 – Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)$4,995April 15, ’20May 1, ’20CPSUII
Fall 2020 Early Aug. 2020 – Late Nov. 2020 (TBA)$11,595May 15, ’20June 15, ’20CPF