Program Overview

In this program you will explore the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic composition, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic populations. By examining the Quechua, native Amazon, and mestizos experiences in the Peruvian context, you will acquire a deeper understanding of the lives, cultures, and challenges of indigenous peoples in relation to the forces of identity politics and globalization.

Based in the sacred city of Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, you will  improve your Spanish competency and also begin learning basic Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region. By utilizing your improved language skills, and through deep cultural immersion in Peruvian communities, you will experience the loss, resilience, and revitalization of the historical memory and legacy of Peru's indigenous people. These factors directly impact the opportunities and challenges facing indigenous communities in Peru today.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization in Cuzco, Peru

Additional requirements

Two years of recent college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with a program coordinator prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, students are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20194/15/2019Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late FebruaryMid May

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.