Program Overview

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and Peruvian culture while in the ancient home of the Incan civilization. On our Semester in Cusco program, you’ll quickly learn why this great city is a World Heritage Site visited by millions of travelers every year. Study at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, a small, beautiful campus centrally located so you can explore Cusco, the center of modern indigenous culture in Peru. Take courses in Incan history, photography, and biodiversity, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes.

GPA Requirement
2.7
Application Deadlines
Fall: June 15
Spring: November 1
Avg Course Load
4 - 5 courses (12 - 15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish
Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Andean culture and cuisine
  • Easy access to the beautiful Sacred Valley, with ruins, market towns, hiking trails, and more
  • Choice between a homestay or dorm-style apartments
  • Enjoy many modern conveniences and extensive vibrant nightlife
  • Colorful indigenous and religious festivals
  • Spanish-language courses at all levels
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is a young, private Peruvian university with an entrepreneurial spirit, whose mission statement is “to shape competent entrepreneurial professionals who are socially responsible and capable of performing successfully, both domestically and internationally.” While the main campus is based in bustling Lima and is home to approximately 6,000 students, the satellite campus in Cusco is quaint and designed specifically for study abroad students wishing to take advantage of the exceptional learning potential of Cusco and its surrounds.

At USIL’s Cusco campus you can study Spanish language at various levels (Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced) to help you better understand and interact with the city and its inhabitants. You can also choose from a variety of courses instructed in English, most of which have a local focus in business, humanities, and sciences. Because classes are integrated with 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


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. 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.

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.

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Art & Design
Communications
Natural & Applied Sciences
Social Sciences
World Languages

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Choose Your Courses

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

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

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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.

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Sacred Valley

Visit the Sacred Valley to explore ancient towns where Quechua is still spoken more than Spanish. Here, ancient ruins are still being discovered and the beautiful Andes mountians look like they go on forever. The excursion includes lunch and a guided tour of many ruins.

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Sacsayhuaman and other impressive archaeological sites near Cusco

This excursion includes Pre-Incan, Incan, and Spanish sites such as the ancient citadel of Sacsayhuaman (complete with a great view overlooking Cusco!), Coricancha (the Incan “sun house” with a Dominican convent as a backdrop), Cusco’s impressive Incan city walls (constructed without the use of mortar) and other sites that demonstrate the blend of Pre-Incan, Incan, and Spanish architecture prevalent in Cusco.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Latin America, Scotland, & Italy

Travel Tip: When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Learn more about Hadley

Mila (Milagro) Montufar Paz
Site Director in Cusco, Peru

Travel Tip: Cusco and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful places to explore in all of Peru (and maybe the world). Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking!

Learn more about Mila

Student Feedback

When you travel abroad, do not compare yourself to others. If it is a country with a different language, do not worry that you are not as fluent as other students or do not worry that you may have not traveled as much as others. Do not get down on yourself because you find yourself in a different position than others. Your study abroad experience is like no one else’s–it is solely your own!

Emily Wanous, Semester in Cusco, Western Oregon University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    January 16
    Orientation
    January 17-19
    Classes Start
    January 20
    Classes End
    May 8
    Departure
    May 9
    PRICE
    $11,290 - $12,390
    Homestay: $11,290 Apartment: $12,390
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    Arrival
    July 8 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 13 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $11,290 - $12,390 (Estimated)
    Apartment: $11,290 Homestay: $12,390

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

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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:

  • Excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (apartment or homestay)
  • Two meals per day at homestay option. Breakfast at apartment.
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • Weekly laundry service (homestay)
  • Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program