Indigenous Peoples and Social Movements in Latin America

Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco
Cusco, Peru

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Indigenous Peoples and Social Movements in Latin America

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco

    The Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco program at the ISA Study Center was developed in partnership with the Universidad de Salamanca to meet the ever-growing interest in studying abroad in Cusco. The ISA Study Center provides an intimate learning setting as students take courses in English, Spanish or Quechua with other ISA students taught by local and visiting faculty. Students receive an official transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca upon successful completion of the program. The ISA Office is located in the ISA Study Center, so students have easy access to ISA Cusco staff. Available subjects of study include culture, history, literature, political science, environmental studies and Spanish language. The ISA Study Center can be found near Avenida de la Cultura and is across the street from the city’s Real Plaza shopping mall and close to several restaurants and cafes. The Universidad de Salamanca is fully accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education. For decades, the university’s Cursos Internacionales department (est. 1929) has set the standard for the offering of Spanish language and culture courses for foreign students.


  • Term

    Summer 3 2021

  • Program Dates

    Jun 26, 2021 - Jul 17, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 10, 2021

  • Credit

    36 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Indigenous Peoples and Social Movements in Latin America is a summer program in Cusco, Peru that allows interested students to take a three-week intensive course focused on Latin American culture and social sciences. Students are taught in English, but immerse themselves in Peruvian culture through excursions, cultural activities, and local housing options. This course is offered through Universidad de Salamanca at the ISA Cusco study center and is open to ISA students only. Upon completion of the program, students will receive an official transcript from Universidad de Salamanca.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

  • Course Selection
    • Students will enroll in Indigenous Peoples and Social Movements in Latin America, as shown in the below list of courses. 
    • The course is taught in english, so no placement exam will be evaluated prior to beginning the course. 
    • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Cusco Program Manager.
  • Course Credit
    • The course offered during this three week program provides 36 hours of in-class time, or the recommended equivalent of 3 U.S. semester credits (4 U.S quarter credits).
  • Transcripts
    • Although students study at the ISA Study Center in Cusco, their transcript will be from the Universidad de Salamanca and will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program


Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco
ISA Students Only
Taught In English

Support & Funding


Andy Osorio Mollenedo

Resident Director, Peru

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

View all Funding Options


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Peru. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and laundry service once a week. While students typically have their own room and share a homestay with another ISA student, you might share a room with another ISA student of the same gender.


While similar to a homestay, pensiones are larger homes that provide housing to multiple students. This option includes three meals per day/seven days per week (excluding excursion days) and laundry service at least once per week. You will also be expected to coordinate meals with the meal schedule of the pensión. This is a great option for students who are more independent and would like to live with a larger number of students in a homestay setting.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




Cultural Activities in Cusco

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Cusco. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Cuco special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included Bachata dance classes, traditional dance performances, a friendly soccer match with locans, and salsa lessons.

Machu Picchu

Venture to Aguas Calientes, hike to Huayna Picchu and contemplate the majestic Machu Picchu firsthand with a guided tour and free time to explore the ruins as well as an opportunity to visit the Mandor Waterfalls and garden.

Sacred Valley

Discover the most important archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley such as Chinchero, Moray, Urubamba Valley, Pisac and the quaint village of Ollantaytambo and feed the alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos at Awanacancha.