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Perú Study Abroad Details

Including Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, and Lima.

Have the adventure of a lifetime in the magnificent Andean city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From your home-base of Cusco, you’ll journey to historical sites, study contemporary Peruvian culture, engage in service to the community, experience daily Peruvian society, and practice Spanish.

Learn about the confluence of the Inca, Quechua, and Spanish cultures when you travel with us to Peru. The Incan Empire was the largest in pre-Colombian America. Peru's power and gold attracted the Spanish conquistadors who used it to fund their own vast empire in the Americas. The result is a fascinating hybrid culture, which you will experience while improving your Spanish and seeing natural wonders and historical landmarks.

Course Descriptions

This year we are offering two courses, one of which is required. You can sign up for the Latin American Culture and Civilization course only or you can sign up for the Latin American Culture and Civilization course as well as the Service Learning in Spanish course. The tuition for your course(s) is separate from your program cost. 

SPAN 2065 : Culinary Flavors: Peruvian Culture and History through Food (Required, fulfills HU & DC requirements) 3 credit hours

Students will learn about the various cultures that have influenced and shaped Peru, and they will explore how these influences are manifested in Peruvian food. This portion of the course is taught in English. Students will also develop their Spanish-language skills during classes at a local language school.

SPAN 2090 Service Learning in Spanish
(Optional,  fulfills HU & DC requirements) 

While serving in the local community, students will experience day-to-day life. Students will practice Spanish, achieve personal growth, and learn about Peruvian society and social issues.

fresh fruit

On-site classes will be held at a Peruvian language school in the Inca capital of Cusco.


Why should you participate in this study abroad program?

  • You will have the chance to improve your Spanish by interacting with native Spanish-speakers.
  • You will learn about the local traditions and customs of Perú and its different people and cultures.
  • You will learn about the major migration movements and how they impacted Peruvian cuisine.
  • You will have the opportunity to serve in both the Cincinnati and Peruvian communities and to compare these service experiences.

Possible Field Trips and Excursions

The following are some of the amazing places that students may visit:

  • The city of Cusco including the Cathedral of Cusco
  • Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
  • City of Aguas Calientes
  • Koricancha Temple
  • The Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros
  • Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Lima, the capital of Perú

Program Costs & Important Dates

Anticipated Costs

$3,550 (plus UCBA tuition)

Includes homestay accommodations, language classes, breakfast and dinner on most days, transportation to and lodging during excursions and entrance fees.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many scholarships and grants available for study abroad programs at UC Blue Ash and elsewhere:

UCBA Scholarships & Grants
External Scholarships 

Important Dates

Application Deadline : Nov. 15, 2016

Trip Dates : June 1 - 19, 2017

Contact Information

Angie Woods
Phone: (513) 936-7183
Email: angie.woods@uc.edu

Teresa Roig-Torres
Phone: (513) 745-8306
Email: Teresa.Roig-Torres@uc.edu