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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Short-term Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Short-term Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-term Summer 2019 03/15/2019
03/15/2019 05/08/2019 06/02/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0
USD Scholarships: Arts and Sciences International Opportunity Fund National/Non-USD Scholarships: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Language Prerequisite: See Academics tab Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Søren Peterson Academic Level: Undergraduate
Academic Year: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:


Machu Picchu

This 4-week program will provide you with an immersive experience in Lima, Peru. During the program, you will take two courses and earn 6-7 credits. You will live with a host family and have opportunities to experience the local culture of Lima and to learn about the history of Peruvian cultures. At the end of the program, you can also take an optional trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Learning Objectives:

  • To demonstrate knowledge of Peruvian culture and history
  • To communicate in Spanish using words and phrases appropriate to your language level
  • To experience life with a Peruvian family

Program Dates:

  • Course Term: Summer
  • Travel Dates: May 8-June 2, 2019 (May 8-June 4 with optional trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu)

For More Information:

Click on the tabs above for information about academics (course listing, syllabus, registration), accommodation, expenses (cost estimate, payment schedule, scholarships and financial aid), application instructions, contacts, and resources.




You will take any two (2) of the following courses for a total of 6-7 credits:

Title: SPAN 392 Civilizaciones prehispánicas del Perú
Cross-listings: ANTH/HIST 392 Pre-Hispanic Civilizations of Peru
Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 320/330 if taking as SPAN 392; no prerequisite if taking as ANTH/HIST 392
Download syllabus: SPAN 392 | ANTH/HIST 392 (PDF)

Title: SPAN 335 Introduction to Spanish Literature
Cross-listings: ENGL 392 Introduction to Spanish Literature
Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 320/330 if taking as SPAN 335; no prerequisite if taking as ENGL 392
Download syllabus: SPAN 335 | ENGL 392 (PDF)

Title: SPAN 102 Introductory Spanish II
Cross-listings: none
Credits: 4
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 101 or instructor permission
Download syllabus: SPAN 102 (PDF)


After admission to this program, CAGE will register you in the two (2) courses you indicate on the Course Registration Form in your application. You will not be able to register yourself in WebAdvisor.



Participants will live with a host family in Lima (arranged by the program).



Program Expenses

Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.

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 for this program, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer.

Are you a senior planning to graduate in May prior to participating in this program? To be eligible for USD scholarships—such as the Arts & Sciences International Opportunity Fund or Farber Fund—or other financial aid, you will need to change your graduation date to the end of summer.

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



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 Leaders

Angela Helmer is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages. She has led or co-led previous programs to Peru and Greece. A native of Lima, Peru, she has also lived in Germany and Ecuador and has traveled extensively throughout the Americas and Europe. She earned both her M.A. in Archaeology and Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California Los Angeles.

Rob Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of South Dakota. He has previously led programs to South America and has extensive experience in Europe and South America, including living in Chile for two years. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Contact Us

For questions about the course content and program site, contact the faculty leaders, Angela Helmer or Rob Turner.

For general inquiries and questions about the application process, course registration and billing, contact Søren Peterson in the Center for Academic & Global Engagement. To schedule an advising session with him, visit Coyote Connections (Get Assistance -> Study Abroad -> Faculty-Led Programs).



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.


This program is currently not accepting applications.