Indigenous Peoples and Social Movements in Latin America

ISA Cusco Study Center
Cusco, Peru

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Indigenous Peoples and Social Movements in Latin America

  • Location


  • Host University

    ISA Cusco Study Center

    The ISA Cusco 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. Upon completion of the program, students receive an official transcript from ISA's School of Record, the University of South Florida (USF). Located in Tampa, Florida, USF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctorate degrees.  

    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.

  • Term

    Summer 3 2022

  • Program Dates

    Late Jun, 2022 - Mid Jul, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 10, 2022

  • Credit

    36 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • Apply Now

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.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



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 Orientation

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
    • Upon completion of the program at the ISA Cusco Study Center, students will receive a transcript from ISA's School of Record, the University of South Florida (USF).  The USF transcripts will reflect transfer credit for coursework taken at the ISA Cusco Study Center. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


ISA Cusco Study Center
ISA Students Only
Taught In English

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Michelle McRaney

Program Manager, Peru


Andy Osorio Mollenedo

Resident Director, Peru

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your 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. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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.




Puno & Lake Titicaca

Visit the world's highest navigable lake, meet the indigenous locals who live on the Uros floating islands, spend the night with locals on Amantani Island, hike to Pachatata to see the sunset and learn about the knitted handicrafts of the inhabitants of the Taquile, another island.

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.

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.

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.

Puerto Maldonado * Optional

Hike in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve, visit "Monkey Island" and piranha habitat Sandoval Lake, kayak and canopy walk across the Madre de Dios River and observe wild species endemic to the Amazon such as alligators, butterflies, monkeys and parrots.


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