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Andean Studies Summer Program in Peru
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
Rolling Admission 06/02/2018 07/16/2018

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Julie Laveglia
Program Description:
Andean Studies Summer Program in Peru
  The Andean Studies Summer Program in Lima, organized in conjunction with the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, has been designed as an immersion-type program that allows students to experience first-hand the legacy of ancient Inca culture and delve into the interactions between indigenous traditions and modern life.
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Minimum. Completion of Spanish 307 by the start of the program. Previous coursework related to Latin America, Development, or health encouraged but not required.

Program Dates: 
Term Program Dates Application Deadline
Summer 2018 June 2nd - July 16th Feb 15
* All applications must be completed online by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  Coursework: In this 6-week 7-credit program, the two core courses of the program concentrate on issues of interculturalism, ethnicity, health and public policy and combine the analysis of connections between indigenous traditions and models of modernization.
“Governance, Ethnicity and Development in the Andean Region” deals with issues of society, politics, and economics of the Andean Region today.  The course connects projects of social development with the challenges posed by intercultural societies, and analyzes the role played by the State as well as by NGOs and indigenous communities in the process of modernization, with particular attention to the assimilation of the colonial legacy, and the role of social and political movements in the region. (3 credits)

“Public Health, Healing and Traditional Medicine in the Andean Region” focuses on fundamental aspects of popular and indigenous medicinal systems and their interaction with contemporary medical practices and policies. Some of the topics to be covered deal with notions such as medical pluralism, medical anthropology, global health, etc. and analyze the practices of shamanism, herbalism, cuaranderismo, etc. The notions of health, healing, disease are studies in connection to environmental problems and worldviews in the diverse cultures of the region.  (3 credits)
Additionally, students will take a 1-credit language and culture seminar taught by a WU instructor that will allow them to build useful vocabulary through discussion of contemporary Peruvian topics.

Coursework will be complemented with service learning at sites that allow direct interaction with communities.

  Lima, Peru
Located in the western part of South America, Perú has a population of 28 million people.
Peru allows visitors to experience the sophistication of the civilization of the Incas as well as a vibrant contemporary culture and rich biodiversity. It provides an ideal location for students interested in focusing on language/cultural skills, interdisciplinary studies, international relations, and related fields. This particular program has been designed with a focus on political/ social/ cultural issues in the Andean region: global/local relations, issues of public policy, human rights, governance, public health.

In addition to the large Quechua and Aymara-speaking indigenous populations, the region has been enriched by migration from Asia, Africa, and European countries.  

  Housing: Students will be housed with local hosts within easy commuting distance to the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú’s campus. Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided by the hosts. Students will purchase lunch on or near campus.

Activities and Excursions:

  • Historic City Tour of Lima
  • Travel (by plane) to Cusco, ancient center of the Inca Empire coupled with a visit to and hiking in Machu Picchu, amazing sacred site located 50 miles northwest of Cusco
  • Visit to a provincial community where you will be able to observe and learn about practices of traditional (popular, indigenous) medicine


  Estimated Summer 2018 Program Price: $5,900 program fee + $52.75 approx. insurance - includes 7 units of Washington University academic credit, housing, excursions w/ activities, breakfast, dinner and ground transportation during the program and mandatory International Health Insurance coverage during the program. 

Students are responsible for own airfare.

Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.

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