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 definitely worthwhile, and I'm glad that I did SIT, even if it wasn't as challenging as I expected. Peru is an amazing country--it has jungle, mountains, beaches, everything and the people wonderful. - Illinois Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Traveling is always an incredible, eye-opening experience. My program focused on indigenous people and globalization--so now I am very aware of social issues concerning inequality, language extinction, and gentrification. I feel less attached to my material possessions and have gained a love for cultural exchange. I often keep u... - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
I learned about adjusting to new experiences and stepping out of my comfort zone. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained the experience to be the person I am today. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT: Cusco - Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and what kinds of things I like/don't like about my American culture and Peruvian culture. I gained more of an appreciation for American culture, but also more of an admiration for the struggles people of Peru have gone through. It was also amazing to see things I've rea... - Providence College View Entire Review
The program was amazing. I am hoping to go back to one of the communities we visited for my comps research. - Carleton College View Entire Review
Past Review Gringa In Peru
While my future plans and academic interests didn't change much as a result of my experience, I now have a better understanding of a culture very different from my own, and a great appreciation for and interest in Latin American cultures as a whole, especially indigenous cultures. The best part, though, is that even though I've ... - Birmingham-Southern College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples & Globalization
I think the biggest gain from the program was the ISP experience of doing original research immersed in the topic and culture that I was studying. It boosted my confidence in operating in Spanish. Made great friends. Worthwhile. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I gained experience and perspective. Invaluable spanish skills, life skills. Totally worth it. Wouldn't change a thing! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Peruvian perceptions and lifestyle, as well as a lot about the environment in Perú (particularly about oil/gas companies in the rainforest, etc.). I also wouldn't trade the friendships and family I had for anything! - Trinity University View Entire Review
New perspective. Yes. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My experience was certainly worthwhile; it was sublime. I now speak Spanish and am much more aware of the many other cultures of the world. This experience inspired me to continue working toward environmental and social justice. - Trinity University View Entire Review


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:
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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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