Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Puno, Peru
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Students from a variety of Colleges and majors converge in this Penn State faculty-led, interdisciplinary program. The content is focused on issues in global society and future implications, especially as they relate to climate change solutions and sustainable development. Participants will become acquainted with technical, ecological, and social strategies for reversing global warming (Drawdown) and the United Nations Sustainable Development goals in a Latin American context. Earn six credits as you learn how science and global engineering connect with other disciplines in a mixed cohort of Peruvian and Penn State students, while being immersed in Spanish and experiencing Peru’s rich culture. For five weeks, you will engage with diverse aspects of Peru’s society. The first two weeks will be spent in Lima, where you will be housed with a Peruvian family and collaborate with students from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. During the second portion of the program, you will travel as a group to Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Ancient, colonial, and modern culture melds in a high-altitude environment. After a several-day exploration of this region, students will travel as a group to a research center in the Andes, where you will continue to interact with local communities, exploring sustainability concepts, and developing Spanish language and cultural knowledge. The final portion of the academic programming experience will bring you to Puno, nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca and the Andean mountains.
This program is designed to be the perfect blend of cultural immersion and interdisciplinary learning. And, by the end, students should expect to move from beyond seeing problems, to identifying practical, interdisciplinary solutions to some of global society’s most pressing issues. Experience life as locals do while you enjoy Peruvian cuisine prepared by your host family, learn about Peru’s society, and improve your Spanish. There is no language pre-requisite. Students from any major who strive to make a difference in the world are encouraged to apply.
May 10 - June 13, 2020
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, social dynamics, 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.
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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