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Program Type: Service Learning, Study Abroad Minimum Class Standing: 1 Sophomore
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Area of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Cultural and Linguistic Immersion, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Humanities, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Literature, Service Learning, Social Science, Spanish Language
Program Description:


Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad

This unique IPSL program has been developed to build an on-going commitment to the Cusco community through a variety of service-learning™ placements in partnership with local NGOs. USIL and IPSL have forged a strong partnership that builds on IPSL's 30 years of international service-learning™ experience and USIL's broad experience in volunteering, which results from School of Social Responsibility and ASU –Alianza Social Universitaria (University Social Alliance) work performed on sustainable social responsibility projects. IPSL's and USIL's commitment is to promote responsible stewardship of our planet and to building a life-long commitment to responding to the needs of others through hands-on service.

IPSL, in partnership with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), offers to students the semester program "Institutions in Peruvian Society." This program includes substantive social and/or environmental service-learning placements. Spanish classes according to your level (3-4 credits), and a variety of other courses, including: History of the Inca Civilization (3 credits), Biodiversity of Peru (3 credits), Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru (3 credits), and Latin American Literature (3 credits). The Spanish classes emphasize a communicative methodology where students learn about Peruvian cultures and lifestyles. A maximum 18 semester credits are possible.



Experience Cusco from a Local Perspective

Cusco is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the world and is the capital of the Inca Empire. Situated at the base of the Andes, it is the entryway to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city of Cusco was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 1983 and boasts charming cobblestone streets, stone buildings made by the Incas and exciting nightlife and cafes. In short it is a perfect blend of the old and the new. Excursions may include a city tour, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. Students arrive in Lima and spend several days visiting this important Latin American capital" the "City of Kings."

Program Facts

Language of Instruction: Spanish and/or English

Affiliated institution: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

Courses & Credits (Fall & Spring Semesters)

  • Institutions in Peruvian Society (IPSL Service-Learning™ Seminar) | Credits: 3
  • IPSL Pre and Post Departure On-Line Seminar | Credits: 1
  • Beginning Quechua Language | Credits: 4
  • Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced  Spanish Language | Credits: 4
  • Business in Peru and Latin America | Credits: 3
  • History of the Inca Civilization | Credits: 4
  • Biodiversity of Peru | Credits: 3
  • Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru| Credits: 3
  • Inca Architecture 3 credits
  • Photography 3 credits
  • Art and Design in Cusco 3 credits
  • Andean Nutrition | Credits: 3
  • Latin American Literature (only advanced Spanish level) 3 credits

Courses & Credits (Summer)

  • Spanish Language (beginning, intermediate and advanced) | Credits: 3
  • Institutions in Peruvian Society | Credits: 3

Service Opportunities:

  • promoting entrepreneurship - business sustainability for women and youth - Teaching English
  • child development and education - teaching English in a rural school
  • health care - working with children/young adults with disabilities at San Juan de Dios hospital
  • social work and rehabilitation - working at  residential home for abandoned children with Downs Syndrome
  • promoting intercultural work - assisting at a short term residential facility for low income rural people relocating to the city


Students will live in a homestay with a middle-class Peruvian  family who provide full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week) and introduce you to Peruvian family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be a "Cusqueño." Living with a family also means that IPSL students' Spanish proficiency improves dramatically!


  • Accelerated language learning
  • Integrated study abroad experience through study, service-learning and homestay
  • Making a difference to people in need
  • Full cultural immersion
  • International practical field experience
  • Meaningful growth and personal insight through regular assigned reflection

Program Director(s): Gonzalo Villena Villar, Cristian López


The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite. The program can accomodate novice to advance Spanish language abilities.

Program Fees Include:

All instruction; orientation; homestay housing and 3 meals per, day seven days per week OR student residence hall with breakfast only provided; service placement and supervision; health insurance; field trips; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials. Personal expenses not covered by fees include: airfare; books; spending money; and local travel.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 05/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 05/15/2018 05/31/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.