Winter Quarter Program in Cusco, Peru

For students at the intermediate level
Next Offered
Winter 2015
Application Deadline

Program Description


During Winter Quarter 2015, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese studies will take a group of 15-25 200-level students to the city of Cusco, Peru to live with local families and study local culture and Spanish language.

Capital of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco fell to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1534. Remnandts of the original city are visible throughout the modern city in the massive cut stone foundations of the most important buildings. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, today Cusco is a cosmopolitan city of 350,000 inhabitants in the Peruvian highlands. Home to a vibrant indigenous and mestizo culture, as well as a destination for international travelers, it is the jumping off point for the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, as well as the Amazon rainforest.


The estimated program dates will be January 6 - March 21, 2015.


While enrolled in this program, students will complete the following courses (all courses are required, and receive a numerical grade):

  • SPAN 201 & 202 OR SPAN 202 & 203- Intermediate Spanish (10 credits)
  • SPAN 292- Service Learning (1 credit)
  • SPAN 299- Art and Art History of Peru (5 credits)

Excursions & Other Activities

Excursions will include an overnight trip to Machu Picchu, as well as day excursions to the Valle Sagrado (including a market day in Pisac) and Andahuaylillas.

Housing Information

Participants will be placed individually with local families, with whom they will take three meals a day. The purpose of the home stays is to immerse students in the Peruvian culture. If you are chosen to participate, you will be expected to live with a family and to speak only Spanish for the duration of the program.


Participants must provide proof of health/accident insurance coverage. Please refer to IPE's Health Insurance webpage for information regarding health insurance while studying abroad.

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Requirements

The prerequisite for the SPAN 201/202 track is completion of SPAN 103, 123, 134, or placement into SPAN 201 before the start of the program. The prerequisite for the SPAN 202/203 track is completion of SPAN 201 or placement into SPAN 202 before the start of the program.

Application Procedure

Applications are due by September 29, 2014. To apply to the program, please visit IPE's webpage for the program and click on the Apply Now button.

Financial & Enrollment Information

Program Fees

The total cost of the program (including a room, three meals a day with a Peruvian family, and program overhead) will be approximately $6,900. This amount includes everything EXCEPT round-trip airfare, local transportation (except for the group excursions), textbooks, passport, health insurance, $300 IPE fee, and pocket money.

Payment Schedule

Please visit IPE's webpage for the program to see the payment schedule.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Undergraduates who intend to study abroad are encouraged to apply for the Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Global Opportunities Scholarship for Study Abroad.

Students seeking further information on financial aid and scholarships for foreign study should visit the IPE Financial Aid webpage, or request the Financial Aid outline from the IPE Office. In addition, students may reference the UW Scholarship Office website for more information on general and foreign study scholarships. Students will maintain their eligibility to receive most forms of UW student financial aid while participating in this program, provided that they concurrently enroll.

Refund Schedule

The $350 program deposit and $300 IPE Fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be responsible for a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the IPE Office.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to both:

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Box 354360
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4360
AND International Programs and Exchanges
Box 355815
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5815

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

Ana Fernández Dobao


Anthony Geist

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