Semester in Lima

Learn about the Spanish language and the local culture from top professors, alongside students from Lima and around the world. Go sand boarding, visit the highland towns of the Andes, and explore Islas Ballestas to check out penguins, seals, and sea lions.

Study on Semester in Lima, in the colonial capital of the Spanish empire. If you love bustling cities and want to learn study Spanish in the Andes, this South American capital city is a great option for an immersion experience.

We’ve been there and can help you get there. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad. We love colonial Plaza de Armas, seaside Miraflores, funky Barranco, and much more in Lima—and we can’t wait to get you there!

We care about the environment. Your round-trip flight to Peru will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world. You’ll also have opportunities to give back to the local community while you study abroad in Peru.

There’s a little bit of everything in Lima. You will find stunning ocean views, colonial-era buildings, a fun local spirit, delicious food, and more colorful, inexpensive souvenirs than you can imagine—not to mention a phenomenal university. You'll love studying abroad in Peru! Start getting excited about:

Local professors and international students – Your professors are the top Peruvians in their fields. You will learn about the Spanish language and the local culture from the experts, alongside students from Lima and around the world.

Study Spanish abroad in a vibrant, metropolitan setting – The way to learn Spanish is to immerse yourself in it, and that’s just what you’ll do on Semester in Lima as you navigate the city and make friends. 

Fascinating classes in English and Spanish – Semester in Lima lets you study a wide variety of courses taught in English or Spanish!

So much to see when you study abroad in Peru – On breaks from school, you can check out northern beach towns like Piura, go sand boarding in Huacachina, fish for piranha in the jungles and rivers of Iquitos, explore the fun colonial city of Cusco, learn about indigenous culture in the highland town of Ayachucho, visit Islas Ballestas (known as the Poor Man’s Galapagos) to check out birds, sea lions, and more . . . And that’s just to start!   

Active, hip city with something for everyone – With sophisticated dining options, remarkable museums, thousand-year-old ruins and temples, some of the best shopping, galleries, and cafés around, and even some great surf spots, you will be impressed by the multitude of things to do every day in Lima.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Peru, then check out our Semester in Lima study abroad program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study Spanish abroad in a vibrant metropolitan setting: Spanish-language courses at all levels
  • International students from around the world
  • Classes in diverse subjects taught in English and Spanish
  • Superb university
  • Strong on-site support from CISabroad staff
  • Impressive colonial center with beautiful architecture and plazas
  • The ocean is easily accessible
  • Incredible museums of Peru’s colorful history as well as awesome modern art
  • Jungle, mountains, and beaches galore
  • Gourmet cuisine at all price ranges
  • Tons of Incan and other pre-Hispanic ruins throughout the city
  • Colorful indigenous and religious festivals
  • Optional excursion to ancient Machu Picchu

CISabroad has included quite a few excursions for our students on the Semester in Lima program. Included in the program is an extensive city tour as well as many other museum visits, tours of nearby areas, and day trips. These excursions change depending on what students are interesed in. An optional excursion that we recommend is the trip to Machu Picchu. This includes airfare, three nights in hotels, and transportation and entrance to Machu Picchu.

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.

On Semester in Lima, you’ll be studying at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. The University’s vision represents the academic experience you will have: it aims to be a leader in producing professionals with a high-level of quality and ethics according to national and international standards. The University offers numerous courses taught in both English and Spanish, so you’ll be able to find courses within your major as well as improve your Spanish-language ability.

Courses are available in Agro-Industrial Engineering and Agribusiness, Architecture and Urban Planning, Art and Design, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Communications, Economics, Finance, Gastronomy and Restaurant Management, Hospitality Management, Industrial and Commercial Engineering, International Business, Information Systems Engineering, Law, Marketing, Psychology, Real Estate Development, and Tourism Management, among others.

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.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 4-5 classes (14-18 credits). The vast majority of courses are worth 4 credits, but some are worth two. You can see how many credits a course is worth in the course catalogs, listed below

Course approval: It is best to get 8-10 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: While it isn't required, most students take a Spanish langauage course during their semester in Lima. There are 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced and each is worth 4 credits. If you need a syllabus for these classes, please let us know!

The English courses offered at USIL are for both international and local students. The coures catalog, which you can find here, contains all the courses taught throughout the year. The vast majority will be available from year to year and term to term, but not every course in the catalog will be available every single term. 

The Spanish course listings are here. Just like the English courses you will be in class with both international and local students. The Spanish course options are long and are a list of all classes taught throughout the entire year. While most classes from the list will be offered during the term you are onsite, not all of them will be. 

Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be able to get into all the classes you want and that is why it is very important to get at least 8 courses approved by your home university. Once onsite you will be able to finalize your class schedule and there is a 2 week add/drop period to make sure all the classes you're in are the right ones for you. 

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.

Lima is the largest city in Peru, a sprawling metropolis of almost 9 million people that despite its size, embraces the natural, exotic beauty of the Latin American landscape. The size of the city and its desert coast overlooking the Pacific ocean makes it perfect for students who prefer the city life! Lima is home to one of the largest financial hubs in Latin America making it a great spot for any business student while its important contribution to art, literature, architecture and history make it a haven for any student of humanities.

For history seekers, you can easily travel just outside Lima's borders to delve into pre-Columbian treasures. Revel in the excellent Peruvian food as you're served fresh, tangy ceviche with traditional pisco sours. Discover Peru's diverse culture  by visiting Afro-Peruvian "peñas" (folk nights), museums and art galleries of all types or visit modern and diverse clubs. Lima's climate is mild and comfortable with temperatures rarely fall below 54 F or rising above 84 F, making it comfortable for travelling the city or the landscape!

Our Semester in Lima program is located at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. Founded in 1995, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is accredited by Ministerio de Educación, Perú.

The University’s vision represents the academic experience you will have: to be a leader in producing professionals with a high level of quality and ethics according to national and international standards. Experienced faculty combine theoretical concepts with case studies. Student-faculty interaction is key to the University’s success—and yours. You can see the faculty's dedication to your quality of learning with the university's motto, "Learners that create learners."

The University is home to approximately 6,000 students and offers 18 distinct academic areas, from Agro-Inudstrial Engineering and Agribuisness to Tourism Management and everything in between. Because this is a bilingual institution, all of your Peruvian classmates will speak English, and you’ll be able to take classes for your major taught in either English or Spanish. You will study with local students as well as students from around the world and enjoy all the campus facilities the University has to offer.

The University’s vision represents the academic experience you will have: it aims to be a leader in producing professionals with a high-level of quality and ethics according to national and international standards. The University offers numerous courses taught in both English and Spanish, so you’ll be able to find courses within your major as well as improve your Spanish-language ability.

As a CISabroad student, you’ll receive excellent support from the time you start looking into the program until you are settled in your new Peruvian home! Upon arrival in Peru, we’ll pick you up from the airport, take you to your housing, and provide a detailed orientation program.

Many students choose to spend their time on the USIL campus, either studying or participating in the academic, cultural, and sports events organized by the University. We strongly encourage you to get involved on campus! The University Sports Department organizes, develops, and supervises sports and recreational activities campuswide. The University organizes the Inter-School Games, an annual event that brings together students from all departments.

Not into sports? No problem! Apart from the activities organized by the University, each academic department organizes events that promote student participation and contribute to their personal and professional development. Among these activities, you can enjoy the Dia de la Facultad (the “Department’s” Day), which brings together students and graduates of each of the programs to hang out and participate in various activities. There are also talks, seminars, presentations, conferences, trips, and other activities. You can also join the choir, Alianza Social Universitaria (a group fostering social responsibility), or Amigo USIL, through which you’ll get to meet tons of local and international students.

On Semester in Lima all students will stay in our homestay/guesthouse option. Students typically say that living with a local family was their favorite part of going abroad. You will be treated as a member of the family, with two meals a day (breakfast and lunch or dinner) being provided for you and bed linens, utilities, and wifi included as well.  All the homestay families have been carefully interviewed and visited to ensure they provide a safe, comfortable, secure home that will help you integrate into a new culture. You will certainly be living with a local Peruvian family, but in addition, there might be other students from around the world living in the homestay guesthouse with you. Everyone has their own room, but it is possible that you will share a bathroom with other students. 

CISabroad Site Director in Lima:

Patricia Dongo Soria has lived all over the world but was born and raised in Lima. After living in Washington DC, Chile, Italy, Holland, and Denmark Patricia returned home a few years ago and now works with study abroad students in Lima. She is excited to show off her country and continue working with international students. 

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Semester in Lima program can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for the Semester in Lima program are due on December 31st for Spring term and July 15th for Fall term. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for the Semester in Lima is usually in early January for the Spring term and early June for the Fall term. For exact dates, check here or contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you WILL need a passport to travel to Peru. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Semester in Lima program, you WILL NOT need a visa. U.S. passport holders may stay in Peru for up to 183 days without a Student Visa.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. The GPA requirement for the Semester in Lima program is 2.7. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

6. What are my housing options?

The Semester in Lima program has two housing options. One is with local homestay families and the other is in dorm style aparments. Homestay families provide 2 meals a day while the apartment serves breakfast only. Both are great options, but contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090 for more information on which may be the best option for you.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Semester in Lima program, students will receive between 12 and 15 credits. For a more detailed breakdown of course options in Lima, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival July 31
CISabroad Orientation August 1 - 11
Classes Start August 14
Classes End December 12
Departure December 13
Application Deadline June 1
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival Late February
Departure Mid July
Application Deadline December 1
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $11,290 - $12,090 more info
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $11,290 - $12,090

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: 

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • 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 San Ignacio de Loyola orientation 
  • On-site support 
  • Internet connection and laundry facilities
  • Universidad 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.