2018-2019 Semester & Summer Programs: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – Cuzco, Peru

Spring Semester 2019 – Cuzco, Peru click here for price click here for dates CPSP
Summer I 2019 – Cuzco, Peru click here for price click here for dates CPSUI
Summer II 2019 – Cuzco, Peru click here for price click here for dates CPSUII
Fall Semester 2019 – Cuzco, Peru click here for price click here for dates CPF


Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish.

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

Total contact hours: 180-225 per semester; 45-120 per summer session. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester; 3-8 semester credits per summer session.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.

Cuzco, Peru: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – Semester and Summer Course Offerings

Students will take 4-5 courses per semester or 1-2 courses per summer session. The number of U.S. semester credits earned is listed below, next to the course title.  Students are not required to take a Spanish language course. 


Not all courses run every term.  Semester students MUST have 8 COURSES approved by their home institution, in case of changes in availability or schedule conflicts.  Summer students MUST have 5 COURSES approved by their home institution. That way, if a course is full or cancelled, or if some of the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that your school will accept for credit.

Course offerings are subject to change.
Spanish Language – Beginner (4 credits), Low Intermediate (4 credits), Intermediate (4 credits), or Advanced (4 credits).  This course enables students to develop communicative skills of the language in order to express ideas and understand everyday needs.
History and Culture of the Incas (3 credits): This course introduces students to the most renowned of all pre-colonial South American societies, enabling them to explore its history in the heartland of the Inca state: the ancient capital city of Cusco. The course covers key
aspects of the social structure, political development, economy, technology, religion and spirituality of the Incas. The central aim of the course is to guide students towards a deeper understanding of this extraordinary non-Western culture and its role in world history. Visits to archaeological sites and museums are included. Taught in English.


Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru (3 credits): This course allows students to explore and understand Peruvian society today as the result of a series of historical, anthropological and sociological processes and transformations. This exciting journey through Peru’s past and present begins with the historical background (pre-Inca and Inca cultures, European colonization and independence), providing a pathway to a better understanding of current Peruvian politics and the nation’s economy, spirituality, social conflicts and environmental challenges. A wide range of field trips, ranging from government institutions to informal markets, will introduce participants to different aspects of daily life in Cusco. Taught in English.


Biodiversity of Peru (3 credits): The Earth’s biodiversity is composed of many millions of biological species which are the product of four billion years of evolution. Peru is one of the world’s 17 mega diverse countries. The extraordinary biodiversity of Peru means that students are able to observe many of these teeming life forms for themselves, and gain a deeper appreciation of the life that exists all around us. Taught in English.


Latin American Literature (3 credits): This course offers a journey through Latin American literature, from the earliest works of the pre-Columbian age to our own time. It invites students to delve into the magic of Latin American culture and traditions through their reading and critical analysis of some of the continent’s most representative examples of poetry and prose. Students attend literature related events and experience direct contact with the local literary scene. Taught in English.

Inca Architecture (3 credits): In this course students will learn about the evolution of architecture and urban planning among the Incas and other ancient Andean cultures. The course also addresses Andean geography and environment, and how this natural setting influenced Inca architecture. Students will visit archaeological monuments and historical sites undergoing restoration work, and to analyze Peruvian and global regulations governing the conservation of cultural heritage. The classroom for this course is the city of Cusco itself. Taught in English.


Art and Design in Cuzco (3 credits): This course offers students a unique opportunity to experience cultural immersion and develop their personal artistic creativity. Along with lectures on the art history of Cusco and a range of contemporary art forms, they will be invited to participate in a number of field trips to museums, churches, art studios, cultural institutions, galleries and fairs. By the end of the course, students will have completed their own individual or group art projects, based on their experiences in Cusco. Taught in English.


Photography (3 credits): In this theoretical and practical course students will learn about key elements in the process of photographic production, starting with basic technical aspects of the use of a digital camera and moving on to the subtle aesthetic effects of light, color, contrast and focus. They will have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills in a range of natural and urban settings, as well as in a professional studio and during their travels throughout other parts of Peru. The course also covers the essential facts concerning the history of photography, including the history of photography in Peru. Student must bring his/her own DSLR or mirrorless camera. Taught in English.


Business in Peru and Latin America (4 credits): This course gives students a better understanding of the economic environment for investment, trade and importing in Peru and Latin America. It provides a basic understanding of regional economics, marketing, trade opportunities and free trade agreements, in the context of doing business in Latin America. Taught in English.


Introduction to Volunteering, Service Learning, and Social Responsibility (3 credits): In essence, this course is intended to serve as an introduction for those students who come to Cusco for a volunteering or service learning experience. Its content addresses the legal framework for volunteering and service learning in Peru; vulnerable local populations and their needs; best practices for volunteering; governmental, non governmental and private organizations and their social responsibility initiatives. Students will be able to apply the lessons learned in class to their practical volunteering and service learning projects. Taught in English.


Communication Psychology (3 credits): The aim of this course is to help students comprehend our social environment through a psychological interpretation of different forms of communication. The course explores the role of language as the fundamental tool in the communication process, the use of linguistic signs, and the concepts of message, transmission and reception. Also, a critical review is offered of mass media content, through a deconstruction of the methods and strategies underlying psychological impact. Taught in English.