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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Short-term Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Short-term Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-term Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2018 06/11/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay Minimum GPA: 2.5
Term: Short-term Summer Country: Peru
USD Scholarships: Arts and Sciences International Opportunity Fund National/Non-USD Scholarships: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Program Advisor: Søren Peterson
Program Description:


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Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Peru. While in Lima, you will live with a host family and experience the local culture of the capital. You will also have the opportunity to learn about Peru's natural history through visits to sites in and around Lima followed by field trips to other regions of the country.

Travel Dates:

May 12-June 11, 2018




You will enroll in 2 courses for a total of 6-7 credits:

  • SPAN 335 Survey of Spanish Literature, 3 credits (syllabus)
    or SPAN 102 Introductory Spanish II, 4 credits (syllabus)
  • BIOL 492 Peruvian Natural History, 3 credits (syllabus)


  • SPAN 102: successful completion of SPAN 101 or equivalent
  • SPAN 335: successful completion of SPAN 202 or equivalent
  • BIOL 492: no prerequisites


Participants will stay with host families in Lima and in shared hotel accommodations elsewhere in Peru (arranged by the program).



See Budget Sheet for information about program costs, including the user charge, self-support tuition, and non-billable expenses.

To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.

NOTE: If you receive a Pell Grant, you are eligible to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship, which awards up to $5000.

Payment Schedule

The user charge will be billed to your SDePay account and will be due according to the following schedule:

Description Amount Due Date
Deposit $[AMOUNT] [DATE]
Installment $[AMOUNT] [DATE]
Final payment $[AMOUNT] [DATE]

The tuition will be billed to the student account separately and due with Summer 2018 tuition and fees. (See self-support tuition rates.)

Withdrawal and Refund

Withdrawal notices must be submitted in writing to the Center for Academic & Global Engagement, not the faculty director. The date of withdrawal shall be considered the date that CAGE receives the notification, which may be later than the date it was sent (e.g., if sent after hours or on a holiday or weekend).

Any refund of the user charge will be determined according to the following schedule:

Date of Withdrawal Refund Amount
Before [DATE] Full refund
On [DATE] through [DATE] User charge less [AMOUNT]
On [DATE] through [DATE] User charge less [AMOUNT]
On or after [DATE] No refund

Any refund of the tuition will be based on the University of South Dakota Withdrawal and Refund Policy.



Application Instructions

Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.

If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students of all majors.

This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.

All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.



Faculty Directors

Rob Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of South Dakota. His teaching interests include Spanish literature, culture, and science fiction. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Jacob Kerby is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota. His research interests include the causes of amphibian declines worldwide. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, contact the faculty directors ( and or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (

To schedule an advising session with Søren Peterson in CAGE, go to



For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.