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CISabroad Semester in Cusco
Cusco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
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|Program Sponsor:||Center for International Studies|
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|Architecture, Art, Art History, Biological Sciences, Culture, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Photography, Spanish||
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|2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior||
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On our Semester in Cusco program, you’ll quickly learn why this great city, with its blend of ancient and modern influences, is a revered World Heritage Site. You’ll study at the small, beautiful, centrally located satellite campus of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Cusco. This program’s focus is on Spanish language and Peruvian culture, and both classes and extracurriculars will lead explorations throughout the city and to many nearby archaeological sites. Imagine semester-long access to the incredible sights of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the beauty of the Andes mountains, not to mention Machu Picchu!
Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:
- Mix of ancient Andean culture with modern conveniences
- Easy access to the beautiful Sacred Valley, with ruins, market towns, hiking trails, and more
- Choice between a homestay or dorm-style apartments
- Classes in diverse subjects taught in English
- Colorful indigenous and religious festivals
- Inexpensive Andean delicacies, including local specialty cuy (guinea pig!)
Cusco, one of the oldest inhabited cities on the continent, is a traveler’s favorite. But unlike the typical traveler, you can make the city your home for a full summer or semester. Cusco is situated at 11,500 feet in elevation, giving it a brisk mountain climate and beautiful views of the mountains rising up all around it. Lima remains the official capital of Peru. That said, Cusco is the historical capital of the country for its glorious past as the center of Incan civilization. This vibrant, high-elevation city provides the perfect setting for you to study abroad in Peru.
UNESCO declared the entire city a World Heritage site in 1983, and you can easily see why. All around you, you'll see the marks of Incan civilization, including in Cusco’s population. Consequently, you'll meet indigenous people on Cusco’s streets speaking in Quechua and wearing traditional dress.
While you can feel the history that surrounds Cusco, you'll also notice an undeniable sense of modernity. You're as likely to stroll on cobblestone streets to nearby ruins as you are to attend a salsa lesson at a discoteca. You may listen to Andean flutes or explore the flourishing urban arts scene. Be sure to delve into the city's coffee culture or simply meander around the Plaza de Armas or Plaza de San Francisco.
Oh, and Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World is nearby, waiting for you. Need we say more?
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