January in Peru

Spend January in the Imperial City of the Incas. Take 1-2 courses while exploring the Andean geography, ancient architecture and modern day culture of Cusco, Peru.

Exchange winter for summer and enjoy beautiful weather, rich history, and high academic standards in Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas.  You’ll be fascinated by the combination of  ancient history and modern Peruvian culture!

January in Cusco is hosted at a satellite campus of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. The charming colonial campus is centrally located so you can explore all that Cusco has to offer as a vibrant, modern Latin culture nestled into the backdrop of ancient architecture. 

Latin culture with ancient history – Cusco is filled with pre-Hispanic and colonial history overlapping in fascinating ways. You’ll find a modern coffee house in a stone building dating back to the 1200s and churches built on pre-Incan spiritual sites.

Earn up to six credits – Set your mind to it and earn six credits studying Inca Architecture and Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru, or choose one of the two allowing yourself more time to explore and experience Cusco on your own.  

Machu Picchu – Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a citadel built by the Incas with 700 terraces for farming – we’ll take you there!

More than traveling during winter break, you will be a local student during the January in Peru program. Here are some reasons to talk it over with your academic advisor, parent, or guardian:

  • Earn up to six credits in three weeks
  • Fantastic university with exciting courses
  • Modern, Latin culture with a vibrant nightlife in an ancient, culturally rich city
  • Study with students from around the world
  • Easy access to the beautiful Sacred Valley with market towns, historical ruins, mountain hiking, hot springs, and more

While on your January in Cusco you’ll have the chance to take an overnight trip to one of the 7 wonders of the world – Machu Picchu! Here’s a little bit information about what you’ll be able to see:

Machu Picchu

Situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu is the best known archaeological site on the continent and is not only on the UNESCO world-heritage list, but is also one of the ancient natural wonders of the world. Originally built in the 1400s and situated almost 8000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is an estate built for the Incan empire and is often referred to as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’ as the entire estate was hidden from the Spanish during their conquest. Set on a breathtaking backdrop of natural mountains and valleys, Machu Picchu is definitely a site to be seen.

January in Peru activities include

  • City tour to explore Cusco
  • Excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Excursion to Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Breakfast daily
  • Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola official transcript
  • Comprehensive Study Abroad Package 

Choose from one to two courses during January in Peru program. You can earn up to 6 credits total.

GPA Required: 2.7  If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Language Instruction: English 

Choose from either Inca Architecture (3 credits) or Sustainable Tourism (3 credits), or take both for 6 credits. 

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Cusco is a traveler’s favorite, and we know you’ll love it too. But unlike the typical traveler, you’ll have the opportunity to make Cusco your home for a full semester. Although Lima remains the official capital of Peru, Cusco was recently designated the historical capital of the country for its glorious past as the center of Incan civilization. UNESCO declared the city a World Heritage site in 1983, and you can easily see why: the legacy of Incan culture is readily apparent in the stunning architecture of the city, as well as its demographics.

Peru is a highlight of South America for its diverse landscape of jungles, beaches, and mountains, as well as for its friendly people, delicious Andean cuisine, fun cities, and remote villages. You will love listening to Andean flutes, staying warm with alpaca sweaters, eating healthy quinoa soup, cheering on the Cienciaro futbol team, learning salsa moves, exploring the hippie San Blas neighborhood, volunteering locally, walking on cobblestone streets to nearby ruins, and relaxing in the famous Plaza de Armas.  Cusco is a city you will never forget and that you will love living in for your semester abroad.

During your semester, you will study at a satellite campus of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, a well established Peruvian University. The experienced faculty and quality academics make this a unique and innovative study abroad experience that focuses on student-faculty interaction.

You will combine Spanish-language study with extracurricular activities that will serve to fully integrate you into life in Cusco! The university uses modern technology-inspired teaching methods to make your study abroad experience both challenging and rewarding.

Cusco is a thriving city that always has something going on. The people who live there are proud of their city and always willing to show it off to curious tourists! When you arrive in Cusco, you’ll be met at the airport and taken to your new accommodations. You’ll get to have an on-site orientation to get you acquainted with your housing and the International Center.

During your short-term program, you’ll also get to go on excursions and field trips to check out the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cusco is full of technology and restaurants and bars with food from around the world that cater to the many tourists and ex-pats that call visit and live in Cusco. The city also has a very different side to it, with local markets, indigenous people that don't speak Spanish, and countless museums to explore. 

The Sacred Valley is all around you and there are many rarely seen Inca ruins to visit as well as small towns, each with their own unique style.

You will live in “La Casa de Don Ignacio,” just a few blocks from the main square, Plaza de Armas.  Each dorm style apartment offers shared bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room, a small kitchen with a stove and refrigerator, a television and wireless internet access.  The residence building has a TV room and computer room that all students will have access to.  Housekeeping and changing sheets is included in the housing, and laundry can be done for the students who are charged a fee based on the weight of the clothing, which is returned and ironed after washing. Breakfast is provided to all students but other meals are self-catered. Students who prefer to live in a single room can do so for a different rate. By living a few blocks from the main square, you’ll enjoy the many attractions offered by the city of Cusco while you enjoy your home away from home!  

Term: January 2016
Arrival January 2
CISabroad Orientation January 3
Classes Start January 4
Classes End January 20
Departure January 21
Application Deadline November 1
Term: January 2016 Price: $3,990 - $4,490 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

    •    Excursion to Machu Picchu
    •    Full-time tuition and fees
    •    Housing 
    •    Breakfast
    •    Medical and accident insurance
    •    CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
    •    Academic advising 
    •    Financial aid counseling 
    •    Assistance with travel arrangements 
    •    Predeparture orientation 
    •    Airport pickup 
    •    Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola orientation 
    •    On-site support 
    •    Wireless internet 
    •    Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola official transcript 
    •    Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.