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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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

Deadline has passed
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Peru
Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
Photo Courtesy: SIT
  Examine traditional and contemporary societies in Peru, home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the Americas.

This program explores the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic population, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic groups.  

Topics for study include:
  • Indigenous rights, advocacy, and policy
  • Community empowerment
  • Identity recognition
  • Historical legacies and contemporary social movements
  • Impacts of global changes: society, culture, economy, and ecology
Acquire a deeper understanding of the lives, cultures, and challenges of indigenous peoples.
By examining the Quechua, native Amazon, and mestizos experiences in the Peruvian context, students learn about the issues facing indigenous peoples in relation to identity politics and globalization.

Students meet with local leaders, indigenous oralists, artisans, laborers, farmers, historians, linguists, policymakers, scholars, and educators.

Experience the loss, resilience, and revitalization of the historical memory and legacy of Peru's indigenous people. Students discuss the factors directly impacting the opportunities and challenges facing indigenous communities in Peru today.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Major or minor in WU department that approves program. Additionally, students must satisfy SIT’s language and/or content area preparation requirements.

Program Dates:
Term Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring May 1
Please See SIT website for program dates
  Approved Departments:

International & Area Studies
Latin American Studies

Coursework: Students typically earn 16 WU credits (6 for the core seminar, 4 for the independent study project, 2 for the field study seminar and 4 for language study. Language study on SIT programs is awarded general WU credit or, with the language department's approval, elective credit for the major or minor).
  Cusco, Peru
The program is based in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In Cusco, students improve their Spanish and also begin learning basic Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region. Once the official language of the Inca Empire, Quechua today is spoken in Peru by nearly one million people and provides a key transnational link to the region's indigenous communities.
  Homestays and Excursions: Homestays with local families in urban and rural communities allow students to explore Peruvian identity from different standpoints.
The program also spends time outside Cusco in Andean, coastal, and Amazonian Peru. Learn more about the program's excursions.

On-Site Support: SIT Study Abroad Support

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.

Scholarships: SIT Scholarships
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.