Spanish majors hoping to begin or perfect their language skills often choose Peru for their study abroad experience. Peruvians are friendly, easy to understand, and take pride in one of the best cuisines in the world. Year-round, the weather in Peru is temperate and very agreeable. Located a few hours south of the equator, the country offers many cultural opportunities. With the Amazon in the east, Machu Picchu in the center, and Lake Titicaca in the south, it is impossible to be bored in Peru.

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Although specific grants and scholarships may be offered from the home university or study abroad program, there are a variety of national scholarships available including:

Deciding where to call your Peruvian home is a difficult decision. To give you an idea of what's possible, here's a list of Peru's most popular cities.

Lima: The capital of Peru has the largest number of universities and is home to the highest population in the country. The most popular school is nicknamed “La Católica,” however its official name is Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Known for programs in humanities, social sciences, Spanish language, education, business, art, and natural sciences, it even boasts many famous graduates, including the current President of Peru, Ollanta Humala. With over 17,000 undergraduate students from around the world, and 8 million residents in Lima itself, there are many opportunities to make new friends and enjoy this coastal city.

Cuzco: As the gateway city to Machu Picchu, Cuzco provides a unique cultural experience for anyone interested in studying abroad. Established in 1692, the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cuzco is Cuzco’s oldest University and offers a variety programs including architecture, tourism, history, anthropology, biology, economics, and Spanish. Surrounded by rich Incan history and Andean mountains, students can spend their free time exploring the magic and mystery of this UNESCO heritage site.

Arequipa: The second largest city in Peru is commonly referred to as La Ciudad Blanca (The White City). Due to its proximity to the volcano El Misti, most of the buildings in Arequipa are built from, sillar, a white volcanic rock. Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa is a public university with programs in biomedicine, engineering, business and social sciences. Located near the famous Colca Canyon, Arequipa is a great location for study abroad students interested in outdoor activities.

How to Choose a Program

Peruvians are known to have the purest Spanish accent making it easy to learn, understand, and communicate. Local students believe in working hard and playing hard which creates a great balance between school life and personal life.

1) Language: Depending on the university, a high level of Spanish proficiency may be required, as some professors will not lower expectations for non-native speakers. Many universities offer language partner programs in which students can practice their Spanish while teaching English to a Peruvian student.

In some regions of Spain people speak an entirely different language/dialect, such as Catalan or Basque in the northern parts of the country. Inform yourself about the local cultures of the destinations in which you are considering studying abroad in. Your decision to study in a larger or a smaller city will also affect your degree of immersion—larger cities will typically offer more familiar comforts of home (including English speakers!).

2) Academic Life: In Peru, the summer holiday is celebrated from January to March. This means that the Spring semester runs from March to July, and the Fall semester from August to December. Class sizes can vary and professors are very involved in research and academic work.

Whenever you decide to go, the most important thing is that you take your studies seriously.

Contributed by Dana Goble
Due to the COVID-19 crisis we understand there is a lot of uncertainty around travel. While many programs have been canceled this summer we're all crossing our fingers that travel opens again soon. In the meantime many new online programs have emerged. While certainly not the same experience as going overseas, we think they offer the next best thing to creating a connection to the world.
Coronavirus Information
  • On April 10th, Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that they will end repatriation flights on April 21st.
  • National quarantine measures have been extended through April 26th.
  • There is a curfew in most of Peru from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Use of face masks in public is mandatory.
Last Updated:
April 15, 2020

Study Abroad Programs in Peru

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SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
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Follow in the footprints of great explorers on this incredible 4-week...

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
7 reviews1 interview

IFSA and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) have...

Pacific Discovery
South America Semester – Cultural Immersion, Service Learning, Adventure
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Operation Wallacea
Conservation Research Assistant Program in Peru
11 reviews2 interviews

Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Lima, Peru
14 reviews6 interviews

Venture off the beaten path in Peru with ISA—International Studies...

Institute for Field Research
IFR: Peru Field Schools - Arequipa, Lima & more
5 reviews1 interview

The Institute for Field Research is pleased to present our assemblage...

Where There Be Dragons
South America: The Spirit of the Andes College Study Abroad Semester
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2 reviews1 interview

Take your college education to the mountains and jungles of Bolivia...

Customized study abroad experience in Lima, Peru!
10 reviews4 interviews

EdOdyssey's study abroad program in Lima, Peru is especially for...

The School for Field Studies (SFS)
SFS Peru: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon (Semester)
2 reviews1 interview

Explore the extraordinarily biodiverse ecosystems of the northern...

The GREEN Program
Peru: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
7 reviews1 interview

Home to a unique culture rooted in water & agricultural foundations of...

CIS Abroad
CIS Abroad - Semester in Cusco - Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
2 reviews

On our Semester in Cusco program, you’ll quickly learn why this great...

CIS Abroad
CIS Abroad - Summer in Peru
3 reviews

Are you ready for a summer like no other in the Andes? On our Summer...

Linguistic Horizons
Nutrition & Natural Medicine in Peru with Linguistic Horizons
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This is a truly unique opportunity to learn about nutrition and...

Trilogía Spanish School
Trilogía School: Spanish Courses & Tourism Package
3 reviews2 interviews

During the week you can study your Spanish program and on the weekends...

Tours & Trips in Peru

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