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Study Abroad in Lima, Peru

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Lima, the capital of Peru and largest city, is known for its impressive museums, colonial churches, poppin' cafe scene (you gotta try the amazing Pisco sour!), striking architecture and genuinely friendly people.

While evidence of the Incas in Lima dates back as far as 2000 BC, the modern city set in a desert valley overlooking the sea, was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The city still bears many traces of Spanish colonization, from its language to cooking and more. Take, for example, the Spanish baroque architecture of the University of San Marcos, founded in 1551 and the oldest university on the continent. Today, the city looks more industrial than fairy tale, but Lima was, for many years, the most important, richest, and – hardly believable today –most alluring city in South America until the 1800s. In addition, the city is the perfect jumping off point to reach Peru's endless natural treasures and archeological gems- just a skip and a jump from the capital you’ll find lovely white beaches and sweeping dunes stretching along the Pacific Ocean.

Photo credit: Art Dino.

Scholarships: Lima

Don't turn into a bean counter to get to Lima! Here are some funding options that'll help you with your money woes:


Lima is a very affordable city, especially when compared to other Peruvian towns, such as Cuzco, Arequipa and Iquitos. The Nuevo Sol is the currency of Peru. As of August, 2013 the exchange rate is 2.75 PEN to $1 USD.

Don’t be afraid to show off your bargaining skills. "Tourist” prices are often much higher then they should be...

Culture Shock and Support

Okay, this is gonna sound weird, but we’re gonna talk about the “sexual climate” of Peru. Cause it’s different. And you’ll notice. In general, Peru is a conservative country in the sense of masculine and feminine roles. But simultaneously, Peruvians are extremely open to friendships with foreigners. What this means is guys might find themselves amidst a flirtation with attractive young Peruvian woman-- only to be abruptly rejected after breaking some unwritten line of conduct in, say, discussion topics. Women might be the recipient of unwanted looks and stares, as well as cat calling. Tread lightly and keep an open mind. And always be safe out there kids.

In the case of an emergency, dial 105 for police and fire department. (And the American embassy is also in Lima if you ever need a friend.)

To Conclude...

While the city may have tarnished a bit since the golden days of prosperity, Lima still has plenty to offer. Study abroad students will find beautiful beaches, tasty delicacies and welcoming people in Lima!

Guide contributed by Julia Brady

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Rustic Pathways
Leader Corps is a groundbreaking three-week advanced leadership program in Peru that blends professional development and purp...
ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Venture off the beaten path in Peru with ISA—International Studies Abroad! This study abroad opportunity affords you the best...
IFSA-Butler University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) have partnered up to offer students the chance...
Institute for Field Research
The Institute for Field Research is pleased to present our assemblage of field schools in Peru. Come join us in studying the...
Spend a semester, or year, in cosmopolitan Lima refining your intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills while immersin...
On CISabroad’s Semester in Lima program, you’ll quickly discover that your host city offers a little bit of everything. In Li...
Academic Studies Abroad
ASA's program in Cuzco is near the Andes mountains, Cuzco is the original home of the Inca Empire. The undisputed archaeologi...
KEI Abroad
Go study abroad in Peru with the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL). Fall and...
Holbrook Travel
Holbrook Travel invites you to come study the ecology of the Amazon in Peru this year. The 11-day program allows the opportun...
Field School Program in Peru
We have about 7 courses to choose from that encompasses a with a wide variety of majors. Students will be able to be a part o...
Human Connections
Human Connections is a non-profit organization founded on the notion that seeing the world from diverse perspectives inspires...
EdOdyssey offers a semester and full year study abroad program in Lima, Peru for undergraduate students. Lima is an amazing c...