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.
HOUSINGStudents can choose to live with a Peruvian host family (includes 3 meals a day), or in a 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

CUZCO, PERU: UNIVERSIDAD SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA
SUMMER/SEMESTER/ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.70. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.70 or above: ⇒ Online Application. ⇒ $150 payment. ⇒ Official Transcript. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

    Additional Requirements for students below 2.70: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.50-2.69 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: You will need to provide ASA with a copy of your valid passport immediately after being accepted if you did not upload it to your application. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!

 
Housing

HOUSING

Students may choose between a Peruvian host family (includes 3 meals a day) or a 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 dorm/residence hall 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 some of the 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 dorm 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 for your program to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Please do not book a flight until you are accepted to an ASA program and receive written confirmation of your program’s arrival and departure dates.

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Spring 2019 Arrive Jan. 16 – Depart May 11$11,295Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18CPSP
Summer I 2019 Arrive May 16 – Depart June 22$4,995March 15, ’19April 1, ’19CPSUI
Summer II 2019 Arrive June 27 – Depart Aug. 6$4,995April 15, ’19May 1, ’19CPSUII
Fall 2019 Arrive Aug. 8 – Depart Nov. 30$11,295May 15, ’19June 15, ’19CPF
Spring 2020 Arrive Mid. Jan. – Depart Mid. May (TBA)$11,295Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19CPSP