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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.
Fall 1 2023
Aug 25, 2023 - Dec 02, 2023
Jun 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jun 15, 2023
12 - 17 Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Designed for students at all levels of Spanish language proficiency, the ISA Cusco Study Center 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. 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. In summer, they are offered during the first summer session and second summer session, respectively. Courses at the study center are taught by local and visiting professors. 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.
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.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
12 - 17
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 17
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 25
- Course Selection.
- 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 Program Manager.
- 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 Program Manager 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.
- 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. The contact hours for language courses will not be reflected on the transcript; however, they are listed below to assist with credit transfer. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
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 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 two 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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.