CIS Abroad - Summer in Peru

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About

Are you ready for a summer like no other in the Andes? On our Summer in Peru program, you’ll live and study in Qos’o, the Quechua name for Cusco. This World Heritage city is known as the hub of modern indigenous culture in Peru. The city was recently designated the historical capital of the country for its glorious past as the center of Incan civilization. Its colonial architecture and history-filled streets are yours to explore, as are the nearby sights of the incredibly beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru. On our Summer in Peru program, you’ll take innovative classes at the fantastic Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, all while improving your Spanish and widening your horizons.

Highlights
  • 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
  • Inexpensive Andean delicacies, including local specialty cuy (guinea pig!)
  • Colorful indigenous and religious festivals

Scholarships

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70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study abroad. We're unapologetically committed to increasing access to international education for all students.

Value
$250 - $500

Questions & Answers

Reviews

93%
based on 3 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9
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Justin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer ever

Honestly, every day in Peru there was a reason to smile and be ready for the day. I woke up at 8 AM every morning (very early for me) and never once had a complaint. Each morning I looked forward to my walk, grabbing fruit from a local market, or grabbing a drink with friends while watching the soccer games. CIS allowed me to make my study abroad my own, but made sure I was safe throughout. I never once was afraid for my safety while abroad, admittedly I had a small panic attack when arriving to Lima, Peru after not sleeping for 20 hours and arriving in a different country by myself for the first time ever, but after getting some food and water, I calmed down and realized that I could do it. That moment was when I started my own personal change, I hit the reset button on everything I knew in the United States and embraced everything that was coming my way, and that was the greatest decision I could have made. Study in Peru, end of story. It turned into the best time of my life.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I can think of is adding a Quechua Language course at USIL to embrace Inca culture more.
Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great summer in Cusco

I had an awesome time studying in Cusco for 5 weeks. I received all the support which I needed. I especially appreciated the easy and free access to medical services, although I was blessed to not have to use them.
I want students to know that staying with a host family is totally the way to go, unless partying all night is your thing. My classmates who stayed in the hotel did not have the same kind of immersive experience as I did, and I dont think they felt as welcome in Cusco. They also ended up spending A LOT more money on food. Staying with a host family is awesome because you get to talk to them every day, have them there to support you, and you get to try all the different kinds of food that they make.

What would you improve about this program?
Some of the online info was incorrect. The online listing said that lunches were not included, but my host family graciously fed me lunch every day. This is very important in Cusco because lunch is really dinner, and dinner is a small meal more like a night time snack.
Also, stating what medical services are covered by the insurance in a simple manner would attract more people to the program.
Kylee
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mass confusion

All of the students in my program are confused about what is going to happen and when. It is very hard to plan our own excursions when we don’t even know when the program excursions are. Communication needs to be a higher priority. I have a lot of fun though and would definitely come back. The housing situation is a little stressful too because when we first arrived I was one of 9 international students in the house. It is very impersonal.

What would you improve about this program?
A solid schedule would be much appreciated.
Response from CIS Abroad

We really appreciate your feedback, Kylee. While we try to align our students' expectations with program services and support, the oftentimes less formal and predictable nature of some program institutions and locations can feel different from some norms. We believe you are fully within your rights to expect more advance notice of program activities and we'll work to improve such communications. It's great to see that overall you really value your experience in Cusco!