adventure in the Andes mountains.
6 weeks in amazing Peru! You will enjoy Spanish classes at the 300 and 400 level while experiencing the many wonderful things Peru has to offer, from the world class cuisine, to a modern city, Lima, on the gorgeous coast of the Pacific Ocean, to sand boarding and dune buggy rides on the dessert coast, and adventures in the Andes Mountains. There you will marvel at Machu Picchu, and see amazing views, towns, and people in the Andes Mountains, explore Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas, and do a community service project in an elementary school near Cuzco. Immerse yourself by living there with Peruvian families.
Students will attend classes during June in Lima, Peru. All classes will be taught by NC State faculty members Kay Villa-Garcia and Leonardo Villa-Garcia. You are required to have a minimum of FLS 202 by the end of the spring semester immediately prior to the summer program. The courses are valid for minors and majors in Spanish. Below are brief course descriptions and further information for Spanish majors:
FL 395 - Culture and Society of Modern Peru
The student will achieve a high level of knowledge about the modern Latin American society and culture, from the 19th century through the 21st century, with the focus on Peru. In addition to information from texts and investigation, the student will learn from events, places and aspects of culture first hand. (Approved for Spanish minor and major and counts as the Arts and Letter requirement for CHASS majors.)
FL 395 - The Search for Ancient Peru
Besides the class work, students will live this course in Cuzco, Macchu Picchu and in a seventeenth century hacienda on the coast of Peru. Students study, through readings, lectures and visits, the history and culture of Latin America, with special focus on Peru and the Inca civilization. (Approved for Spanish major and minor.)
Additional information for Spanish Majors
Both FL 395 courses can count towards a Spanish Elective or a Literature and Culture requirement. The second course, Ancient Peru, can be counted as a 400-level course provided students have taken 12 credit hours in the 300 level. An additional paper will be required for 400-level credit.
The program will also fulfill two requirements towards the Global Perspective Certificate: the internationally focused service project and the study abroad requirement.
Students earn up to six NC State credits from the following courses
* Students interested in 400-level credit should contact the Program Directors
NC State Program Cost
- Tuesday, October 30, 7:30-9 p.m. in Withers 145
- Wednesday, November 14, 7:30-9 p.m. in Withers 150
Program Directors will make reservations for flights to Lima, Peru. Students who wish to find their own flights to Lima may do so, but they need to arrive at approximately the same time as the group flight, so that transportation will coordinate. We usually fly Delta, sometimes American. Participants in the group flight option will make payments/deposits directly to a travel agent.
Students will be housed in hotels/hostels while in Cuzco and during the travel study. Breakfast will be included. In Lima, students will stay with Peruvian families and breakfast and dinner will be included during this portion of the stay. Some additional meals will be provided during program-related travel.
EXCURSIONS & EVENTS
After spending one day in Lima upon arrival in Peru, you will leave for a fabulous 12 day trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Cuzco, the Inca capital, is a fascinating combination of Inca ruins and culture and Spanish Colonial architecture. We will also visit the surrounding area, including the towns of Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, Sacshuayman, Pisac and, of course the spectacular “lost city” of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will have the option of hiking in the Andes, visiting Indian markets, riding horses to several Inca sites, learning about traditional weaving from a local community and many other activities. One exciting activity is in Ollantaytambo, where we have been doing service projects for a poor public elementary school for the past four years. We have painted walls and a mural, talked in their classes and completed a fundraising event to create gorgeous new bathrooms. Before, they had one toilet for 150 boys and girls and their teachers. One student reported, “It was a wonderful experience both for the school and for our students, who were delighted to work to help and interact with those lovely, smiling children.” Other projects have included donating a new photocopy machine, a microscope, and 50 harmonicas and jump ropes. In addition, NC State students have created an organization on campus called PeruEDU, which has fundraising projects all year long. Any NC State student can join to help out the school!
At the end of May, the group will return to Lima, the capital of Peru, which is a modern city of some 8 million inhabitants and an important cultural, economic and political center for western South America. Its location beside the Pacific Ocean provides breathtaking views, restaurants out on the water and a shopping center overlooking the ocean and a chance for some of the best surfing in the world. At the same time, the historic center of Lima shows the impressive buildings left from the Spanish colonial period when Lima was the richest and most important Spanish colonial city in South America.
In Lima, the students will live with Peruvian families, with breakfast and dinners included, and will take NCSU Spanish classes. We will also take an excursion to the colonial center of Lima, visit the Larco & Museum of ancient Peruvian artifacts and enjoy the Circuito Mágico de Aguas, which is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the public park with the most fountains in the world. You can interact with the fountains and enjoy a spectacular sound, light, water, and image show.
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.
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The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Withdrawal and Refund Policy for details. Questions may be directed to: email@example.com.