Language, Literature & Culture

Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco
Cusco, Peru

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Language, Literature & Culture

  • 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

    Fall 1 2021

  • Program Dates

    Aug 28, 2021 - Dec 04, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2021

  • Credit

    180 - 255 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Designed for students at all levels of Spanish language proficiency, the Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco program allows you to improve your Spanish proficiency and offers courses in English and Spanish.

For example, you can study Spanish language at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels or take a culture, environmental science, history or political science course in English. Courses at the advanced Spanish language level (4 or more semesters of college-level Spanish) include areas such as anthropology, art history, culture, Spanish language and literature. If you're at the intermediate level, you can enroll in the Beginning Quechua course, which will give you theoretical knowledge of the language and firsthand experience interacting with local Quechua speakers. Beginning Spanish 1 and Intermediate Spanish 1 are offered in the first half of the semester and Beginning Spanish 2 and Intermediate Spanish 2 are offered in the second half of the semester. Courses at the study center are taught by local and visiting professors. You will receive an official transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca. Classmates are ISA students. Gap year students are also eligible for this program.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA Cusco Program Manager.

Service-Learning in Cusco
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Cusco and for more information about how to receive academic credit.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

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

180 - 255

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 17

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 25

Academic Information

  • Course Selection
    • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites
    • The courses below reflect the most current list of courses
    • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations
    • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Peru Site Specialist.
    • Spanish language courses require the purchase of a language textbook at an additional cost. Many courses have a field trip component, which also comes at an additional cost. Contact the Peru Site Specialist for more information.
  • Modular Language Classes
    • Beginning and Intermediate Spanish Language classes are modular meaning students may progress through two courses in a semester.
    • Beginning Spanish I and Intermediate Spanish I language courses will run during the first half of the semester
    • Beginning Spanish II and Intermediate Spanish II language courses start during the second half of the semester
    • Advanced Spanish will last for the entire semester
  • Course Credit
    • According to ISA policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.
  • 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.


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Universidad de Salamanca Cursos Internacionales en Cusco
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High Intermediate
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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

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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.




Arequipa * Optional

Walk among one of Peru's most picturesque cities, whose buildings are made from volcanic rock known as "sillar". Visit the Catedral de Arequipa, Museos Santuarios Andinos, Monasterio de Santa Catalina, the Yanahuara lookout and learn about Peruvian cuisine through a cooking class.

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.

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.

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.