Study Abroad in Lima, Peru

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

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

 

Quick Facts

Host Institution: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – Semester programs
Eligibility Rules: click here
Academic Focus:

Courses are taught in English. Subject areas 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, which includes 3 meals per day.  For further details about these housing options, please click here!
Sample Excursions: Machu Picchu, Cuzco, 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.

Housing

All students will live with Peruvian host families. Homestay accommodation includes 3 meals a day.  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!

Excursions

1 overnight excursion and 1 day excursion are included. Destinations may vary by term. Past semesters have included trips to:

  • Cuzco and Machu Picchu (overnight excursion) – The undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, Cuzco boasts some of the world’s most impressive historical sites. From there you will travel by train 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.
  • Pachacamac (day excursion) – The temples and pyramids of Pachacamac were built around 800-1450 CE, under the Huari Empire, prior to the arrival and conquest by the Incas. Learn about the gods that were worshiped here by both civilizations and the centuries-old myths and mysteries that surround them.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – Lima

  • ROOM & BOARD: All students will live with Peruvian host families (3 meals a day are included). Rooms are double occupancy.  (For further details about these housing options, please click here!)
  • 1 OVERNIGHT EXCURSION & 1 DAY EXCURSION
  • 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.
  • 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 Lima (LIM) 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.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM, PRE-DEPARTURE PACKET & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Student Visa
  • Meals on excursions

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)academicstudies.com.

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.

FAQs

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