LANG 495: Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol, Cusco, Peru

3 Credits

This two-week course provides students with a faculty-led immersion experience to Cusco, Peru with the aim of developing Spanish language proficiency within a contextual framework. The course includes
four class meetings prior to departure to prepare students for travel and orient them with the cultural information that will support their experience. Once in Cusco, it includes 40 hours of language instruction, guided excursions, and a homestay with a Peruvian family arranged with our partner school, the Academia Latinoamérica de Español. This three-credit course includes Spanish instruction appropriately geared to the student’s level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced), course materials, and on-going and cumulative assessment. Local tours of historic sites with a bi-lingual guide and a weekend excursion to Machu Picchu are arranged by the Academia. Homestay with a Peruvian family includes breakfast and the main meal. Volunteer experience opportunities are also offered and coordinated by the school in conjunction with the faculty instructor as per student interest and/or discipline (e.g. education; business; environmental, etc.).

Faculty Leader: Dr. Rebecca Berru-Davis (
Dates: May 8-23, 2020
Cost: $2,740 (Estimated)


  • Homestay with a Local Family, with two meals per day
  • In-country transportation
  • Entrances Fees (Including Machu Picchu)
  • Health Insurance
  • Group Events
  • Application Fee

Not Included:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Miscellaneous Expenses


To Get Started

Step 1: The preferred application deadline is December 1, 2019; the final deadline is Jan. 15, 2020. Positions are limited, so please apply early to get preference. Download the application (link below) and turn it into the Office of International Studies, McDonald Hall Rm 150, along with your receipt of the $150 application fee and the $500 deposit, both of which are included in the overall price.

Step 2: Register for the spring course: LANG 495: Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol, Cusco, Peru

Step 3: Be interviewed and accepted into the faculty-led program

Step 4: Make payment arrangements with the Business Office to complete the program payments (final payment deadline varies)

Step 5: Finalize any outstanding documentation for study abroad

Step 6: Purchase roundtrip airfare to Cusco, Peru – coordinate with faculty leader and other students

Step 7: Participate in mandatory Outbound Orientation

Step 8: Enjoy this life-changing experience!


Peru Program Poster - (PDF)

Course Syllabus (PDF)