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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Founded in 1917, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) is the oldest private higher educational institution in Peru. Fully accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Education, the PUCP was ranked 25th in the QS Latin American University Rankings in 2018, the highest in Peru. ISA students and the university's 18,000 students and 500 international students have access to on-campus services such as banks, computer labs, cafeterias, 3D printers, sports complexes, library and cultural activities such as dance class.
Spring 1 2024
Mid Mar, 2024 - Mid Jul, 2024
Dec 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Dec 15, 2023
12 - 16 Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Challenge yourself by taking all courses with Peruvians and international students at Peru's top-rated university. In addition to academics, the PUCP encourages international students to participate in the on-campus cultural events and team sports for a full immersion experience.
Designed for students at the intermediate to high advanced Spanish level, this program offers course options in the following areas: archaeology, art, business, communication, environmental science, geography, history, information science, linguistics, literature, philosophy and social sciences. Courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú are taught by local university faculty.
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 Peru Program Manager.
Service-Learning in Lima
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 Lima 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.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level
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Tuition at the Host University
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Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
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12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- Course Selection
- International students with an Advanced Spanish language level are encouraged to choose courses taught in Spanish with locals from the Facultad de Estudios Generales (School/College of General Studies in Humanities.)
- Estudios Generales Letras is similar to the core curriculum of a College of Arts and Sciences where incoming local students complete their first two years of their college career at the PUCP, attending interdisciplinary and liberal arts courses before they choose their future career path. Afterwards, local students will select a major and take upper division courses from that school/college, known as a facultad at the PUCP. The rest of the degree will take around 3 - 4 years, depending on the type of degree, for a total of 5 - 6 years. The School of General Studies will provide students with a core knowledge, including classes that will teach students to be open-minded and well rounded, before they enter their main field of study. For a list of the General Studies Study Plan, please enter this link: https://facultad.pucp.edu.pe/generales-letras/en/academic-information/study-plan/.
- Please note that the Estudios Generales Letras offers introductory courses that are generally worth 4 credits: Social and Political Sciences, History, Philosophy, Theology, Linguistics and Literature, Natural Sciences. Mathematics and Logic. There are also 3-credit classes that provide a more in-depth look at a particular topic (and complement the students’ other studies) in the following areas: Art, Social studies, Humanistic studies, Language, Math, Management.
- There are also 3-credit classes that provide a more in-depth look at a particular topic (and complement the students’ other studies) in the following areas: Art, Social studies, Humanistic studies, Language, Math, Management.
- Past students have enrolled in the following courses: Peruvian Social Reality (4 credits), History of Perú: Formation until the 18th century (4 credits), Poetry (4 credits), Cosmology (4 credits), Math for Economists (4 credits), Modern Dance (3 credits), Ethnicity, Identity, and Nation (3 credits), Themes of Urban Anthropology (3 credits), Andean Archeology (3 credits), History of Contemporary Perú (3 credits), Psychology, Individual, and Society (3 credits), Quechua (4 credits), Introduction to Language and Literature (4 credits), Management of Organizations (4 credits). We encourage students to become familiar with the PUCP list of Academic Programs and the PUCP Course Finder. The final list of courses will not be released until one month prior to the start of the semester, but students can use previous semesters to look for courses.
- ISA students can also choose from a select list of courses taught in English with local students. This course list grows each semester, so check with your program manager for the most up to date list. Courses come from several different schools including Engineering, Business, Social Sciences and more. Please see below for the current list of courses available in English.
- ISA students can also choose upper division courses from any of the Schools or Facultades, as long as they meet the pre-requisites. Additional courses with locals are available from the following departments: Business Administration, Archaeology, Art, Communications, Geography and Environment, History, Information Science, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Theology.
- Finally, the PUCP offers international students the option to take an Intermediate or Advanced Spanish Language course. This may be helpful for those students taking courses primarily in English.
- The PUCP allows International students to sample classes the first week of the semester, so students will not officially register for classes until the second week of school.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Peru Program Manager.
- Course availability and contact hours are subject to change.
- Language Requirement
- For courses in English, students need to have tested out of 3 - 4 semesters of college-level Spanish. Although some courses will be taught in English, students' daily life will be in Spanish, living in a homestay/residencia and participating in on-campus events and sports.
- Students taking courses taught in Spanish with locals must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (7-8 quarters) of college-level Spanish.
- 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.
- The transcript from the PUCP will reflect credits for each course listed below.
- The contact hours for each course will not be reflected on the transcript, but 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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 two meals daily 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.
Residencias are occupied by international students. At the residencia, you may or may not have your own bedroom and you will share bathrooms and common living areas. Residencias do not include meals, but you will have access to the kitchen and storage area at the residencia. All residencias include wi-fi and some include a computer lab.
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
Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu * Optional
Feed the aplacas, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos at Awanacancha, visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo and depart for Aguas Calientes. Take a guided tour of the former capital of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu and explore the ruins afterward. Learn about traditional Andean weaving at Chinchero and stroll down the cobblestone streets of Cusco during the historical city tour.
Ica, Paracas & Chincha
Partake in included activities such as dune buggies and sandboarding in the Huacachina Oasis, visit Paracas and the Ballestas Islands for a chance to see Humboldt penguins and sea lionsand visit Chincha and the Hacienda San José.
Iquitos * Optional
Travel by boat deep into the Amazon jungle, fish for piranhas and observe wildlife such as exotic birds, monkeys, pink dolphins and sloths at the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, not to mention a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center and local river communities to learn about environmental conversation and the rescue of the native language and culture of the Kukama Kukamiria.
Lima City Tour
Discover the historical center of the Peruvian capital by visiting the Monasterio San Francisco de Asis, Plaza San Martín, Jirón de la Unión, Palacio Torre Tagle and Iglesia San Pedro.
Playas del Sur
Slip away from the city to soak up the sun with Limeños at a local beach and try a traditional stuffed bread made in a clay oven.
Cultural Activities in Lima
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Lima. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Lima special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a city tour, graffiti lesson, Real Felipe Fortaleza tour, Huaca Pucllana pyramid and museum visits and a service day.
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