SIT Study Abroad: Peru - Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

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Explore how indigenous peoples in Peru are adapting and innovating to preserve their cultural values and shape their own future in the face of globalization.Up to 45 percent of the population in Peru identifies as members of an indigenous communit... read more

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It was absolutely worthwhile and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I learned so much about the Andean region and their beautiful culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained skills in Spanish speaking, cultural competency, research, and general travel skills. It was incredibly worthwhile - I learned and gained a lot and I know it will benefit me in the future. - Elon University View Entire Review
I learned a lot more about Peruvian history and indigenous cultures. I also gained valuable research experience from my Independent Study Project. It took a lot of work and effort, but all of it was worthwhile. I had a great time and would love to go back. - Miami University View Entire Review
I learned about Peruvian culture and I do feel like it was a good experience to live in a foreign country - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about cultures I really had no prior knowledge about. Being able to visit and interact with different indigenous communities was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am so grateful to have had. I also do not believe I would have been able to achieve the level of Spanish I am at now without my time in Peru. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Absolutely. You are constantly learning about yourself and your surroundings. In addition, it is more than a vacation. Most days good ones but you live there long enough to where your emotions may go through some hardship. THIS IS OKAY. These moments help you realize what it is you need to do to help yourself. - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
I had the opportunity to go and see things that most other students don't. I truly did enjoy my experience abroad; however, there are some aspects of the program I feel need to change. I loved my fellow students on the program, our trips throughout the country, but there are things I would change about SIT. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Sit Peru
It was definitely worthwhile I saw amazing places and met very cool people gained a lot of perspective and improved my spanish a lot. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that it is very important to have an open mind about everything. Studying abroad has taught me to try new things even if they are outside of my comfort zone (like trying a guinea pig). It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My Spanish got better, I learned so much about indigenous rights, and I think most importantly the program challenged me to think differently about development and the way we view the earth and its resources in general. It was definitely worthwhile, and I'm positive this experience has impacted the future I envision for myself. - Occidental College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Peru - Indigenous Peoples & Globalization
I learned a lot about the peoples and cultures of Peru. Additionally, I greatly improved my Spanish skills and feel much more confident in my ability to communicate with others in Spanish. I made many great friends, both Peruvian and from the states, that I know I will stay in touch with for a long time to come. I learned many t... - The College of Wooster View Entire Review
Past Review Mountain Livin'
Mastery of a language, a host of new friends (many of whom I consider family), and a different adventure every day. I couldn't have asked for more. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I am better at speaking Spanish, went on wonderful excursions, and made good friends. I did not learn much. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
March 10, 2023 Stuck With Me!
It was absolutely worthwhile. I improved quite a bit in my target language and saw multiple ways of life beyond what I knew existed before. Through my independent study project, I combined several areas of interest and learned a lot about my topic that I never would have learned otherwise. I will be discovering ways that this ex... - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I grew academically as well as personally from this experience. It was definitely worthwhile. - Occidental College View Entire Review
I certainly improved my Spanish and reflected on the things I like and don't like about my own culture, and what kinds of values I wanted to take back with me. It was 100% worthwhile for me to study abroad. - Claremont McKenna College View Entire Review
Past Review Be Wary!
I gained a new family which is the best! I still keep in touch with my host mom to this day and can't wait to visit her again. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
I learned so much about Peruvian culture, history, politics, and language, as well as a ton about myself. My study away was definitely worthwhile. - Macalester College View Entire Review
I really improved my Spanish, met some great people, and learned a lot about Peruvian culture and history - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a new appreciation for indigenous people and the struggles they face on a daily basis and learned a lot about myself in a few short months. Completely worthwhile! - University of Redlands View Entire Review
I learned how to live in a different country and communicate in a language and culture that I was not originally comfortable with. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I have become a more confident, kind, and accepting person. Every second was worth it, I would not change any part of my experience. - Bucknell University View Entire Review
It was worth while because this program opened my eyes to the injustice of the world, and that there is a small hope that people might be able to help those who are suffering from having their land used as a petrol drilling area - Luther College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Peru - Indigenous Peoples & Globalization
I deeply cherish my study abroad opportunity with the SIT Perú: Globalization and Indigenous People program. Community within the program grows deeply and closely between the students within the program and the program staff, while also offering endless possibilities for you to be as much or as little immersed into the Peruvian ... - Wake Forest University View Entire Review
I gained tons of confidence, felt that I grew a lot because of what I was exposed, gained new amazing friends, gained knowledge about a country I can go back and tour people around a city, learned the benefits of my citizenship and it was just another learning experience thats a must, in order to understand. - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Explore how indigenous peoples in Peru are adapting and innovating to preserve their cultural values and shape their own future in the face of globalization.

Up to 45 percent of the population in Peru identifies as members of an indigenous community. Here, you will witness the impacts of globalization on indigenous peoples and be challenged to scrutinize the complexities of identity, transformation, and marginalization. You will have two homestays, one in urban Cuzco and a second on Taquile Island, where you will experience different Peruvian lifestyles, perspectives, and identities.


During three weeks of travel to the Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu, and the floating reed islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca, you’ll see how communities are working toward their own definition of development and cultural preservation. You will also learn about research methods and ethics, which will prepare you to conduct a month-long Independent Study Project on a topic of your choice related to the program themes.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

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