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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: Students can choose to live with a Peruvian host family, which includes 3 meals per day, or in a residence hall (meals not included).  For further details about these housing options, please click here!
Sample Excursions: Machu Picchu, Cuzco

Why Lima?

  • Considered by many to be the culinary capital of South America
  • Large city with lots of things to do
  • Local beaches
  • Rich in history and culture
  • Filled with beautiful parks
  • Small class sizes

City Description

The capital and largest city in Peru, Lima is located on the central western coast offering a multitude of adventures and majestic scenery to explore. Dating back 5000 years, Lima is an energetic city rich in history and culture making it Peru's cultural and business center.

Caught in a coastal fog known as the garua, Lima takes 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 the giant sand dunes just south of the city. Lima also offers excellent museums exhibiting Peru's rich heritage such as the famous Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology and the Museum of the Republic.

Lima is also home to many beautiful parks. The Plaza Mayor is the main square in Lima and is considered the "heart of the city" full of Creole flair and beauty. With so many parks, museums, ruins, old mansions, and churches to explore the adventurer will never be bored in this "City of Kings".

At night, the peacefulness that was during the day transforms into a lively bohemian scene full of live music, dancing, and excitement. Enjoy a variety of music from salsa, to Argentina rock, to Latin, to Jazz. There is enough international flavor in this city to satisfy everyone's tastes!

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.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What's Included - Lima

  • ROOM & BOARD: Students can choose to live with a Peruvian host family (3 meals a day are included) OR in a residence hall (meals not included). Rooms are double occupancy.  (For further details about these housing options, please click here!)
  • 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.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Student Visa
  • Meals (for students who live in the residence hall)
  • 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)

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