• Peru
    • Iquitos
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Agriculture Animal Science Biology Botany Conflict Studies Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Earth Sciences Ecology Environmental Studies Field Studies Geography Humanities Indigenous Cultures Latin American Studies Life Sciences Natural Sciences Public Policy Social Sciences Statistics Sustainable Development Tourism Wildlife Sciences +13

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors


Price Details
Program fees include tuition, housing, daily meals, field excursions, entrance fees, cultural activities, advising services, airport transfers, 24/7 mental health and well-being support, official transcript processing and more – check out our website. Need-based scholarships available.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

No Application Fee!

What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 06, 2021
Aug 30, 2017
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About Program

SFS offers some of the best (and most adventurous!) hands-on study abroad programs. Our programs in Peru explore pressing environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, and impacts to Indigenous livelihoods. Students learn through outdoor lectures, hands-on field exercises, and activities with community members and area NGOs.

Nestled at the edge of the Amazon rainforest on a 183-acre property, the SFS Peru campus is the perfect place to connect with nature. Campus features include a pool, soccer field, hammock huts, and network of rainforest trails. It is located halfway between the remote city of Iquitos and the port city of Nauta, and there is a small community and local shops within walking distance.

Click on Visit Site above to learn more about studying abroad in Peru with SFS!

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Program Highlights

  • Earn academic credit: 18 credits for semester programs. Conduct a 4-credit research project during the semester program.
  • Develop core skills including species IDs & population monitoring, biodiversity surveys & transects, interviewing & mapping techniques, conservation strategy assessment, basic Spanish language, research design & implementation, data collection & analysis.
  • Take a multi-day riverboat trip in Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area, home to species such as pink river dolphins, sloths, piranhas, primates, macaws, giant river otters, and many more species.
  • Board a plane and fly to Cusco for a multi-day excursion in the Sacred Valley, home to Machu Picchu. Explore cloud forests and other highland ecosystems and visit a Quechua-owned potato farm focused on preserving hundreds of Andean potato varieties.
  • SFS Peru semester research topics may include climate change, forest and soil ecology, sustainable aquaculture, natural resource management, forest recovery, development in the Amazon.

Popular Programs

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Explore the extraordinarily biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon, home to over 3 million species. Learn about environmental threats – from climate change to resource extraction – and discuss Peru’s approaches to conservation. Experience flooded forests on a multi-day riverboat trip and travel to the Andean highlands where you’ll visit cloud forests and the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu.

5 classes | 18 credits | One life-changing experience.


The School for Field Studies Scholarships

The School for Field Studies Scholarships

SFS works closely with your home school to help you fund your SFS program. Many applicants receive aid through their home institutions or other outside sources, so check with your financial aid office to see what aid may apply to an SFS program.

$500 - $5,000

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Yes, I recommend this program

Straight Up Amazing

Before this program, I had only left the country once before, and that was to go to Montreal in Canada. I was a little nervous joining the program the to that, but my fears were groundless. This program was stunning in scenery, meticulous in safety preparations, and fascinating in class information.

The field trips were all worthwhile, and allow you to learn more about the culture and ecology of Peru (Andes, Amazon, and highlands) than most tourists could ever dream of. Additionally, it allows you to avoid the more touristy locations and find peace in some harder to reach locales. The program's itinerary is changeable though, as we found when half the program fell sick and could not make it to Manu Wildlife Center (arguably the highlight of the program). Even with this, though, the amount of information we learned and the amount that we traveled seemed unparalleled by any other programs I had researched.

I would hands down recommend SFS Peru for a study abroad program. I would recommend staying after to sightsee and let your hair down a bit, for rules are strictly enforced during the semester and spring break for safety purposes. And if possible, I would also come down early to get a deeper understanding of the language and the present culture too (for SFS lodging is in what may appear normal in the States but are palaces in terms of Peruvian standards of living).

I learned more during my semester with SFS than I had learned in the previous year in University, in addition to meeting and befriending many like-minded nature nuts and hiking pals. I hope that you have the same or better experiences!

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SFS Peru

SFS Peru is the place to make lifelong friends who become your family, be surrounded by amazing amounts of wildlife, and study and work in the Amazon rain forest. Unique opportunities to pursue interests in ecology, conservation biology, and political ecology make this program extremely special. Expect to be amazed every day and live in a place you may have never considered a potential home. Travel opportunities and field excursions throughout the rain forest, as well as the highlands, make this program fantastic.

What would you improve about this program?
The only major issues are spotty wifi and the occasional electricity failure.
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