Language, Literature & Culture

ISA Cusco Study Center
Cusco, Peru

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Language, Literature & Culture

  • 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 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    May 17, 2024 - Jun 22, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Credit

    6 - 7 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

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.

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.


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.

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




6 - 7

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6 - 7

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9 - 10

Academic Information

  • Course Selection
    • Students select two courses
    • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 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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Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Michelle McRaney

Program Manager, Peru


Andy Osorio Mollenedo

Resident Director, Peru

Roxana Paredes

Student Services Coordinator, Peru

Kris Cárdenas

Academic Coordinator, Peru

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


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.

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.




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) * 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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