ISA Study Abroad in Lima, Peru

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Lima, the capital of Peru, is situated on the west coast of the southern Pacific Ocean, along the outlet of the Rímac River. Lima is full of fascinating contrasts between traditional and modern influences. The traditional influences evolved from P... read more

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I would definitely recommend this program. I had an incredible experience combining Study Abroad with Service Learning in El Hospital del Nino while staying with a Peruvian host family. My language skills improved immensely, I gained an appreciation for the Peruvian culture, and met wonderful people from around the world. - Michigan Technological University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Lima - Spanish Language & Courses in English with Peruvian Students
To some up what I learned in a couple sentence would be impossible. I learned so much about Peruvian culture, the governmental systems, about the people, and some of the realities of developing nations. Obviously my Spanish improved immensely, but also my desire to travel the world as well as my complete love for the Spanish lan... - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
Past Review I'm Coming Back
Gained spanish & a new, shocking world view. So worth it. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
I have studied abroad in three countries now and this program was my personal favorite. You have the unique chance to experience life in two other countries instead of one, and they contrast each other in the perfect way. If not this program, study abroad in another. Going through your entire college experience without studyi... - University of Nebraska- Lincoln View Entire Review
Past Review Lima
Absolutely, and for going the first time, I would recommend using a program, but next time, I would go on my own because I know more now and the activities and support among other things would not be as worth the money for me. - Kansas State University View Entire Review
I'm so grateful for the strides that I made in learning Spanish and about what I learned about myself and the world from going abroad. It's definitely affecting how I plan what I do with my life and has opened a lot of doors for me. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Absolutely worth every penny. View Entire Review
Absolutely. I am currently planning to return to Peru! That's how much I loved it. Study abroad is invaluable experience. - University of Maryland - Baltimore County View Entire Review
Definitely worth it. I gained a handful of lifetime friends and a new appreciation for other cultures. A person must be aware though, Going to Peru will give you the travel bug and one will never want to stop. - Creighton University View Entire Review
I would have done the year program again but would have taken both semesters in spanish, or had half spanish and half english classes each semester. The cliche is you regret what you don't do..I would have taken more risks, seen more things, gotten out of the house more, taken more difficult courses... - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
Worth every dollar. I now have international contacts and am launching an international business with the experience and contacts I made. - Graceland University View Entire Review
I am more appreciative of other culture and ways of life. Americans tend to feel like the world revolves around us and our beliefs. Going to Peru made me realize that different isn't necessarily bad. And at the end of the day, our differences are what make us unique and give us an amazing story to share. Because of the opportuni... - Pace University View Entire Review
Finally became fluent in Spanish, living in a Latin American megacity was unforgettable experience - Saint Louis University View Entire Review
I have gained so much from my internship abroad. One of my main goals of going abroad was to see how various countries and cultures are intertwined with one another. It was interesting to see how in one large metropolitan city can have so many different districts that vary in style and culture. I must say interning abroad was de... - Xavier University of Louisiana View Entire Review
I gained independence and more confidence in myself. It was much more than worthwhile - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and the rest of the world. I feel like I advanced a lot both linguistically and as a person. It was definitely worthwhile and I think every person would benefit from the opportunity to go abroad. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
110% worth my while. I use a completely different lens to view the world. I appreciate culture, nature, people, and uncomfortability on a completely different level. Studying abroad opened my eyes to the ignorance I have had towards the grand scope of economical, political, and social variety throughout the world! I have truly b... - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Yes it was very worthwhile. I learned how to interact with all sorts of different people. I also learned to be an outsider and to make my place in a completely new culture and society. After my experience, I am much more appreciative and aware of other cultures. I would love to continue travelling and experiencing such thril... - Grove City College View Entire Review
Absolutely worth every penny. - University of Maryland - Baltimore County View Entire Review
I gained the knowledge that there are misconceptions about going to another country to live. People must be open-minded about traveling to new places and embrace other cultures. I am now totally inspired to travel to another country and learn another new language. I have fallen in love with traveling and now have the travel bug!... - Montgomery College - Rockville View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Lima - Spanish Language & Courses in English with Peruvian Students
I now understand what it is like to interact with others in a second language. I was challenged working in a group with non-English speakers in my university. I often found it difficult to get my personality through in Spanish because I was still learning. I am much more excited about my future now. It inspired me to apply to th... - University of Redlands View Entire Review
Past Review Lima, Te Amo
Studying abroad has opened my eyes to a whole new culture and way of life, it has made me alot more open minded and has sparked my interest in the Peace Corps and Teaching English as a Second Language. I improved my Spanish more abroad then i have in the 6 years of studying it. My life has been completely changed, and for the be... - Western Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Lima - Spanish Language & Courses in English with Peruvian Students
I studied abroad to learn Spanish, and my semester in Lima gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in Spanish by living with a host family and taking classes in Spanish. I came away with a lot more confidence in my Spanish-speaking ability. It was so rewarding to be able to make connections with people and communicate in Spa... - Luther College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Lima - Spanish Language & Courses in English with Peruvian Students
I greatly benefitted from the program and studying abroad. I met people from a different culture that helped me gain an outlook on my culture and my life. It has made me appreciate the Spanish language more and realize how truly beautiful it is and how it has a culture in itself. It changed my outlook on family and what it means... - Colorado State University View Entire Review
I think this experience just made me aware of so many things, like that the way we live in the USA is not the only way people live. Overall, though, what I thought was interesting was not only the differences between our cultures, but the similarities too. And how well I adapted to living abroad - it's not as hard as it sounds... - Cleveland State University View Entire Review

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Lima, the capital of Peru, is situated on the west coast of the southern Pacific Ocean, along the outlet of the Rímac River. Lima is full of fascinating contrasts between traditional and modern influences. The traditional influences evolved from Peru's history as the home of the Inca and numerous other civilized cultures, dating back as far as 2000 BC. Indigenous cultural traditions and languages still thrive today in Peru.

However, Lima is not only a traditional place, but has moved with the pace of modernity and now boasts strong industries and contemporary technologies in Latin America. Lima is known for its interesting museums, colonial churches, vibrant cafe scene, striking architecture and genuinely friendly people. In addition, it is the hub of transport to Peru's endless natural treasures and archeological gems. South of the Capital, long white beaches stretch along the Pacific Ocean and are backed by white sand dunes.

Lima's importance as the capital city of Peru and its idyllic location along the southern Pacific coast, provide an exceptional study abroad site for students to improve their Spanish language and learn about Peruvian culture. Choose from three incredible universities, with a multitude of course offerings in Spanish and English. Go to school with other Spanish speaking international students or take classes with local Peruvians.

Programs in Lima include:

  • Academic Year:
- Business & Latin American Studies Courses with Locals
- Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines

  • Semester / Trimester:
- Business & Latin American Studies Courses with Locals
- Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines

  • Summer-Business, Literature & Spanish Language, Health Sciences & Medical Spanish, Spanish Language & Peruvian Studies

  • ISA Service-Learning: Learn about local social issues in Lima by partnering with a community-based organization and following a reflection-based curriculum.

  • Custom: Custom Programs in Lima ( Political Science in Lima Peru with Texas State University )

  • Gap:
             - Service-Learning
             - ISA Academic Semester + Service-Learning
             - ISA Academic Summer + 4-week Service-Learning


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Legal Professions and Studies
  • International Business
  • Hospitality Administration
  • Business
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

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.

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.

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