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Class in Cuzco - Discover Peru!
5 Weeks - Mid-May to Late June, 2018
Cuzco, Peru

Discover Peru this summer and study in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cuzco, located in the Andes Mountains! Join other UofM students and travel to the ancient capital city of the Incas, where the city is an extension of the classroom.  The city's unique history and location (near Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World) allow you to study  your subjects in a hands-on manner.  You will take 2 classes for a total of 6-9 credits, and you may select a Spanish language course as one of those courses or take two electives taught in English.

With a choice of housing arrangements, unique course offerings, field trips, on-site staff, and low cost of living, this program is ideal for students who want to gain an immersive, cultural academic experience. Additional excursions, including a visit to Machu Picchu, are available at an extra cost for those who want to do more exploring!

Passport - Students should apply for their passports no later than March 1. Students who have not applied by this date may need to expedite their application, which has an additional cost. See the Study Abroad Office for questions on your passport. **Students may submit their completed passport application and documentation at the Spring Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, January 24 from 10 am to 2 pm -- no appointment needed!

Your University: USIL - Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola International Center is located in the historic center of the city.  An extension of their main campus in Lima, the Cuzco location was once a residence of the Inca nobility, which was then turned into a Spanish colonial-style house. This historic place of study offers modern facilities, including a computer lab and Wi-Fi along with a library and conference hall.

Your Courses: Students will select two courses, for a total of 6-9 credits. Elective courses are 3 credits and taught in English unless otherwise stated. Most English-taught elective courses include multiple tentatively-planned field trips, which may include museums, archaeological sites, native rural communities, landscapes rich in biodiversity, and cultural events! Spanish language courses are worth 6 credits. Students taking Spanish courses will take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival for placement into the appropriate course.  Syllabi are available in the online application!
*(Memphis Spanish course equivalents below are estimates and must be confirmed by your academic advisor)
Elective Courses: - Cultural Heritage Conservation  - History and Culture of the Incas - Inca Architecture - Photography in Cuzco - Peru's Biodiversity - Communication Psychology - Healing and Shamanism in Andean and Amazonian Cultures - Business in Peru and Latin America - Economics and Sociology of Tourism - Gastronomic Tourism in Cuzco and Peru - Latin American Literature (Advanced Spanish level required - SPAN 4510)
Language Courses taught in Spanish  - Beginning Spanish (SPAN 1010/1020) - Pre-Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2010/2020) - Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 3301/3303) - Advanced Spanish (SPAN 3311/3313)
*Courses listed are currently planned to be offered and subject to change. Additional courses may be offered.

Your Housing:  Students may select either a host family stay or live in the furnished university residence Casa Don Ignacio.

- Host Family Stay - Live with a local Peruvian family! Students are usually given their own room, and the family provides 3 meals/day, seven days a week. Sometimes there will be another student living in the same home. Students living with host families will typically take a 10-15 minute taxi ride to get to school in the city center. The average cost of this taxi ride is only about $1.50! Students will have a coordinator on-site to speak with in case of any concerns regarding their housing.

- Casa Don Ignacio - Live in a shared (typically 2-3 students), furnished room at the student residence Casa Don Ignacio. The Casa is located near the Plaza de Armas, the central square, and is close to many stores and restaurants. Amenities include a 24-hour front desk, wireless internet, computer room, dining room, laundry service (additional fee) and safe deposit box. This is a no-smoking residence. Breakfast is provided daily in the dining room. Students are responsible for their lunch and dinner.  

Fun Fact: Did you know the average high temperature year-round in Cuzco is in the low to mid 60s? Peru is in the southern hemisphere, so seasons are reversed. It's high elevation and proximity to the equator also account for the consistent average high temperatures. Escape the Memphis heat this summer in Peru!

*Program Cost: $4,470 with Host Family or $4,370 with Casa Don Ignacio *Program Cost Subject to Change
$150 Program Discount to students who submit a complete application by February 10!
Cost Includes: - $350 application fee - Administrative Fees - Tuition for two classes - Housing - Meals as listed in the housing descriptions above - Salsa dancing class - Airport pick-up - Tutoring services and library access - Arrival orientation and welcome ceremony - Optional Service Learning placement - International health insurance
Cost does not include (amounts below are estimates and may change): - Round-trip airfare ($1,300) - Additional meals for those living in Casa Don Ignacio ($350/month) - Public transportation ($100/month) - Textbooks ($10 - $50) - Optional Cooking Class ($10) - Optional Excursion Package including Machu Picchu ($480) - Personal Expenses

Scholarships are available! Use your Hope Scholarship or possibly other financial aid!

Questions? Contact the UofM Study Abroad Office at Walk-in advising is available at the following times in 110 Panhellenic Building
Monday: 1:30pm - 3:45pm Tuesday: 1:30pm - 3:45pm Wednesday: 8:30am - 10:45am  Thursday: 8:30am - 10:45am Friday: By appointment only.

For pictures and videos and to apply, visit:

Dr. Detraz & Dr. Peksen Named Editors of International Studies Review

Dr. Nicole Detraz and Dr. Dursun Peksen (Department of Political Science) have been named Editors of the International Studies Review. ISR is a leading journal in the field of international relations published by the International Studies Association. The editorial team also includes our own alum Chad Clay (M.A. '07), who is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and speaks to the high quality of Drs. Detraz & Peksen's scholarship.

Operation Broken Silence

Former University of Memphis International Studies Major and current executive director of Operation Broken Silence Mark Hackett was recently featured in the Memphis Flyer for his film work covering the stories of Sudanese refugees. Mark was featured in the Spring edition of our program's newsletter.

To read the article and learn more about Mark and Operation Broken Silence, follow the link to the Flyer here. Additionally information about his organization can be found on their website at