ISA Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru

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Situated high in the Andes Mountains in Southeastern Peru, Cusco stands tall as the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. The nearby Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu has long been one of the most inspirational destinations for countless trav... read more

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A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru
December 28, 2017 Beautiful But Challenging
I learned a lot about God and how I can depend on Him in all circumstances. I learned a lot about a different culture and another way of life. I also had a wonderful time working with children during my experience abroad and this made the experience very worthwhile. - Berea College View Entire Review
August 23, 2016 Super Adventurous!
I learned to appreciate other cultures and it was very worthwhile - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
I gained the satisfaction of knowing that although I have left the country, I was able to establish health-related programs at the orphanage that continues to benefit the residents. The experience was most definitely worthwhile. - University of Southern Indiana View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Cusco - Language, Literature & Culture
Saw tons of new birds, had awesome experiences that challenged my ideas and beliefs about the world. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
So much. My confidence in speaking the language, not being afraid to put myself out there, communicating with locals and the list goes on and on. I would go back in a heartbeat. - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. As much as I learned about Latin American, and more specifically Peruvian culture, I think I learned the most about myself. When I was placed in a foreign country sans friends, family, and my entire support system, I learned how important my social network is, and how to make greater humanitarian co... - University of Southern Maine View Entire Review
Past Review I Wanna Go Back!
Confidence in my speaking abilities, Motivation to travel, Security in my own skin. - Kansas State University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and I'm so glad I had that trip to learn and grow. - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru
I volunteered at an after school program for 8 weeks in Cuzco, Peru. From this experience I learned to be independent, patient, and to trust myself. This experience also helped me really realize what it is I want to do as a career...I want to teach. This also helped me realize that i am not only a citizen of my country but I am ... - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
December 20, 2016 Excursions And Community
Cusco has a lot to offer whether its meeting locals or travelers, hiking or dancing, speaking the language or being a tourist. It's really what you make of it, and can give you whatever you need to get out of the experience. It has the modern comforts in the more touristic areas of town but will still hit you with the water cutt... - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing!
I learned about the culture and history of the country. It was an experience that I will not forget. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
My experience with ISA International Studies Abroad in Cusco, Peru was with the Language, Literature, and Culture program. I went in the Spring of 2014, about one year ago and since the moment I returned I haven't been able to shake that travel itch. My experience with ISA was nothing short of spectacular. The customer service w... - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the culture of Peru, Cusco, Lima, and Quillabamba specifically. The Inca monuments/ruins were amazing and I wouldn't trade any part of my experience, the good or the bad. - Austin College View Entire Review
It was totally worthwhile. I learned to understand people from different cultures. - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
Past Review I Wanna Go Back!
Confidence in my speaking abilities, Motivation to travel, Security in my own skin. View Entire Review
Definitly yes!!! I just wish I could have gone for longer. The experience definitely broadened my cultural awareness. - University of Northern Colorado View Entire Review
It was so amazing. I loved every minute of it. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review

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Situated high in the Andes Mountains in Southeastern Peru, Cusco stands tall as the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. The nearby Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu has long been one of the most inspirational destinations for countless travelers. Spaniards first arrived to Peru in the 1530s, with conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Due to heavy Spanish influence for many decades, much of the architecture in present-day Cusco is a mix of Inca and Spanish design.

Today, Cusco is one of the must see destinations in South America, due to the preservation of its culture displayed in amazing archaeological sites, architecture, and colorful Peruvian dress. Many Cusqueños still wear traditional clothing like polleras (long, colorful skirts), play zampoñas (pan flutes), and raise llamas. In addition, the exquisite Andean cuisine provides Peruvians and foreigners alike with innovative dishes. Prepare yourself to be enamored with both culture and a constant breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley as you study abroad in Cusco.

The immersion experience in Cusco will take your handle on the Spanish language to new levels. Students will also be able to study Quechua, an indigenous language of Peru, as well as culture and history courses in English. Students receive a transcript from the prestigious Universidad de Salamanca, while attending classes at the ISA Study Center.

Programs in Cusco include:

  • Semester / Trimester: Language, Literature & Culture
  • Summer: Language, Literature & Culture
  • ISA Service-Learning: Learn about local social issues in Cusco by partnering with a community-based organization and following a reflection-based curriculum.

  • Gap:
     - Language, Literature & Culture
  • High School: Study Abroad in Cusco For College Credit


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Political Science and Government
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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