Program Overview

On CISabroad’s Semester in Lima program, you’ll quickly discover that your host city offers a little bit of everything. In Lima, you’ll find incredible ocean views, colonial-era buildings, a fun local spirit, colorful indigenous and religious festivals, and one of the liveliest food scenes anywhere—not to mention a phenomenal university. This vibrant metropolitan setting is perfect for language immersion or exploration while taking courses in your major. After class, you can hit the beach and learn to surf, check out the city’s awesome modern art, or discover the thousand-year-old pre-Hispanic ruins scattered throughout the city.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: November 15
Avg Course Load
4-5 Courses (14-18 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish

Key Program Highlights

  • Stunning colonial architecture and beautiful plazas in Lima’s historic district
  • Superb university with a vibrant urban campus
  • Classes in diverse subjects taught in English and Spanish, including Spanish-language courses at all levels
  • Option to practice Spanish and learn about Peruvian culture with a local language partner
  • Optional excursion to ancient Machu Picchu

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Lima

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. In the first few days you’ll take part in both the University and CISabroad orientation program where you’ll learn practical tips for living in Lima like where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop, and you’ll enjoy a CIS welcome meal.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We love to stay in touch so although it is farewell for now it is not goodbye.

Housing Options

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. All the homestay families have been carefully interviewed and visited to ensure they provide a safe, comfortable, secure home. Other students from around the world may also live in your homestay/guesthouse with you


  • Everyone has their own room, but it is possible that you will share a bathroom with other students.
  • Your host family will be provide two meals a day (breakfast and lunch or dinner)
  • Bed linens
  • Utilities
  • Wifi
colorful city square in Lima

Local Life

  • Museo Larco: A fully packed pre-hispanic museum. Students will learn about the impressive culture that existed in Peru before the conquest.
  • Peruvian Street Eats: The food scene in Lima is smoking! Street food vendors are keeping up traditions that have been around for generations. As locals say, when it comes to a satisfying meal it’s all about the three Bs: bueno (good), bonito (nice looking) and barato (cheap), and Lima's street-side food attractions are just that.

More About Lima

Lima is the largest city in Peru, a metropolis of almost nine million people. Despite its size, Lima embraces the natural, exotic beauty of the Latin American landscape. The size of the city and its desert coast overlooking the Pacific ocean is ideal for students who prefer an urban experience. You'll find stunning ocean views, colonial-era buildings, and a fun, local spirit.

Lima has one of the largest concentration of colleges and universities in South America. It's easy to see why so many students flock to its streets. Lima is a financial hub for the continent, making it a great spot for any business student. Likewise, its important contributions to art, literature, architecture, and history create a haven for any student of humanities. Want to embark on intercultural studies? Calle Capon and the largest ethnic Chinese community in Latin America may interest you. Plus, there's the city’s distinctive Afro-Peruvian music. For history seekers, you can easily travel just outside Lima's borders to delve into pre-Columbian sites. You don’t have to study culinary arts to revel in the famously excellent Peruvian food. From fresh ceviche to chifa cuisine and its blend of Chinese and Peruvian influences, there's so much to tempt your palate.

By spending a semester in Lima, you're giving yourself access to Lima’s treasures, such as funky Barranco, colonial Plaza de Armas, seaside Miraflores, great surf spots, stunning sunsets, and an amazing climate. Take home colorful, inexpensive local crafts and an unforgettable experience at a phenomenal university.


Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Reserva Nacional de Paracas

Abundant wildlife abounds on the Isla Ballestas, an area of historical and archaeological interest. Public transportation makes it easy to explore restaurants and markets, and to meet friendly locals.

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The most important products of Pisco are located in the historic town of Ica. Pisco is the national drink in Perù. And in Huacachina, you can try sandboarding over the dunes and partying around the oasis.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the best-known archaeological site on the continent, and it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a New Seven Wonders of the World. You'll explore this "The Lost City of the Incas," which has a breathtaking backdrop of natural mountains and valleys.


GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Course descriptions and catalog: While it isn’t required, most students take a Spanish language 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 courses 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.

The University

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is your chance to study with top-notch professors in an exciting city or in one of the world's most beautiful settings. The University is dedicated to high-quality education and ethics, and you'll benefit from close student-faculty interactions. You can choose to study at the University's main campus in Lima, or at the satellite campus in Cusco.

The main campus in Lima is home to approximately 6,000 students. You can delve into eighteen distinct academic areas, from agro-industrial engineering to tourism management. This is a bilingual institution, which means all of your Peruvian classmates will speak English. You can choose to take classes for your major in either English or Spanish. You'll study alongside local students as well as internationals from all over the world. The campus itself is similar to a modern, urban campus in the U.S.

If you choose to study in Cusco, you'll benefit from a small campus designed specifically for study abroad students. Here, you can study Spanish at any level and choose from a variety of courses focused on Peru's history and culture. Because classes are integrated into the city of Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley itself, you'll get hands-on experience with the community and historical traditions of Cusco. This campus is located just five minutes from the main square or Plaza de Armas of Cusco, and a short walk or bus ride from both homestays and apartments.

Accreditation: Ministerio de Educación, Perú

Student Feedback

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Learn as much about the culture as you can before you go, and while you are there, immerse yourself in that culture and live like a local.

Abby Elliott - Western Oregon University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2018
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    July 30
    Classes Start
    August 13
    December 18
    $11,490 - $12,190
  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    November 15
    February 28 (Estimated)
    Spanish Placement: March 2; USIL Orientation March 12 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    March 15 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 17 (Estimated)
    July 18 (Estimated)
    $11,490 - $12,190 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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
  • Multiple day excursions with the option to go to Machu Picchu
  • 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program