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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Sarah Spiegel
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Engineering, Spanish
Program Description:
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Program Overview

All majors are welcome in this Penn State faculty-led, interdisciplinary program that is based in lively Lima, Peru. Students will become acquainted with STEM challenges and opportunities in Latin America. Learn how science and global engineering connect with other disciplines in a mixed cohort of Peruvian and Penn State students, while studying Spanish and experiencing Peru’s rich culture. For 6 weeks, you will take 2 classes taught by Penn State and local faculty. Participants will gain cross-cultural competencies by investigating issues in global society and their future implications.

This program is designed to be the perfect blend of cultural immersion and interdisciplinary learning. Experience life as local residents do while you enjoy Peruvian cuisine prepared by your host family and practice your Spanish.  

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Education Abroad Credits

All participants will earn 6 credits.  

ENGR 399 Global Engineering Culture and Society (3 credits)

This course is open to students from all Colleges. Students will learn to approach challenges and leadership from an interdisciplinary perspective, analyzing the role of 

Peruvian ladies

scientific knowledge in international development. 

Students are engaged, in this team-taught course, through an immersive global engineering experience, utilizing local resources as an integral component of the academic experience. Students will explore global engineering culture and social issues through multidisciplinary, cross-cultural teams.  

As a pivotal component of this course, students will investigate current issues in global society and their future implications, exploring how engineering intersects with other disciplines. This course will provide a baseline to understand STEM challenges and opportunities in Latin America. Case studies of site specific experiences for engaged scholarship and intellectual development will be emphasized. 

LANGUAGE (select one of the following courses):

SPAN 199 Spanish through Peruvian Culture (3 credits)

In order to derive the maximum benefits from an immersive experience abroad, students should be able to communicate in the language of their international hosts. Students in Peru with little or no Spanish will learn about the history and culture of Peru, while at the same time acquiring the basic Spanish language skills they need to communicate effectively with their Peruvian hosts and counterparts. This understanding of another language and culture will not only be key to their success in this program, but will also better equip them for success in an increasingly competitive global market, in which sensitivity to foreign cultures and knowledge of foreign languages are among the critical skills of leaders in all fields. 

Students in this course will learn basic Spanish, including verb forms in the present and past tenses, appropriate use of pronouns, common prepositions, and fundamental aspects of Spanish syntax.  Grammar lessons will be built around vocabulary that students will need in their daily lives in Peru, and will introduce the 


specialized terms associated with their study of engineering.  

SPAN 499 Spanish through Peruvian Culture (3 credits)

Students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish will enhance their knowledge of Spanish while gaining significant insights into the culture of their hosts. 

This course will be designed for students who have already achieved at least an intermediate control of Spanish and will be able to serve as the linguistic bridge for their American and Peruvian peers. 

Students in this course will build on the foundation they have already built in Spanish. Grammar lessons will focus on the areas that are the most difficult for native speakers of English to master, including use of the subjunctive mood, distinction between past tenses, and pronouns, as well as the often complex sentence structure of the language. Grammar lessons will feature the vocabulary associated with Peruvian history and culture, as well as terms relevant to the engineering project they will be completing.

Course Substitutions  

The petition for course substitution process is handled between the student and academic adviser. 

  • All Engineering students can count ENGR 399 as a GS.
  • All Engineering students can count SPAN 199/499 as a GS or GH.
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering students can petition ENGR 399 to count as a Technical Elective.
  • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering students can petition ENGR 399 to count as a BME-ENGR Elective.
  • Chemical Engineering students can petition ENGR 399 to count as a Professional Elective (ENGR Elective by approval only).
  • Electrical Engineering students can petition ENGR 399 to count as a Related Elective.
  • Industrial Engineering students can petition ENGR 399 to count as an Engineering Elective.
  • Mechanical Engineering students can petition ENGR 399 to count as ME 340.

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. 


Students planning to take SPAN 499 must have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish. There are no required prerequisite courses for SPAN 199 or ENGR 399.

Housing and Meals

In Lima, students will stay in homestays with other Penn State students and 2 meals will be provided daily (included in the program fee). Additionally, host families will provide a laundry service. On field trips, students will be responsible for paying for their own meals. 

Program Costs

PeruFor more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more information, please contact Professor Julio Urbina, the faculty leader for this program in the Electrical Engineering Department. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/06/2018 06/16/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from student housing.

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