“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
What does this mean?
- DATES AND FEES
Peru is a melting pot of people, world-recognized cuisine, music and dance from Africa, Asia and Europe, combined with local indigenous populations. Want to get involved in social, economic and political issues through community service and research? Our community-based learning component gives you firsthand experience by working with NGOs.
Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.
The IFSA program in Lima offers two program classes designed exclusively for our participants, and allows you to enroll in other courses alongside local students at the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Peru what it is today.
- Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours): This mandatory class helps participants reach and perfect competence at the advanced level in Spanish language, with an emphasis on oral and written skills on formal and informal levels. The class also emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation. Discussions and weekly essays that focus in part on Peruvian and Latin American issues will be utilized.
- Peruvian Social Reality (4 U.S. semester credit hours): The purpose of this mandatory course is to help students reach a basic understanding of Peruvian social reality, identifying the major problems and conflicts, clarifying the relationship of the present situation in Peru to the most important social processes. While the course does not propose to offer a detailed analysis of specific issues, it does present the principal economic, social and political problems of the country in terms of an overall analytical perspective. The course will focus on an individual research project based on the experience of each student in an NGO, which focuses upon a specific social problem in the Peruvian context.
In addition to mandatory program courses, you will complete your courseload the PUCP alongside degree-seeking Peruvian students. PUCP publishes their course offerings online. Follow these steps to find courses that may be available during your semester or year abroad:
- Review a list of subjects offered at PUCP.
- Click on the especialidad in which you are interested.
- Click on the link for the plan de estudios to see the course offerings. For course descriptions, click on sumillas.
Please keep in mind that ciclo or nivel of a course does not indicate which semester the course is given. To determine when a course is being offered, please follow these steps:
- PUCP course semester and level information.
- Enter the name of the course in nombre del curso.
- Select the appropriate term from the dropdown menu (i.e. "2018-2" corresponds to semester 2 2018) in ciclo de dictado de curso.
- Click on buscar to see if the course is being offered during the indicated semester.
If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for assistance. Course availability changes every semester. Note that if you have native or near—native Spanish reading and writing skills and would like to be considered for exemption from the Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture course, please speak with your Program Advisor
There are no restricted departments at PUCP for IFSA students. However, it can be hard to get into some media studies courses. The classes fill up quickly, and there are few spots for international students.
Past students have shared that regularly volunteering enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Peruvians on a daily basis. If you are interested in volunteering during your semester abroad, we encourage you to attend the informational session during orientation to learn about the available opportunities. Below are examples of how you could help the local community during your time abroad:
- Assist afflicted groups such as domestic workers, women and children, through a variety of activities in impoverished sections of Lima
- Support the Children’s Hospital of Lima with providing recreational activities and events for families of long-term hospitalized children
- Play an active role within the world of education and community building by assisting local schools with initiatives on a wide variety of topics or by helping Fulbright or EducationUSA in developing presentations on the U.S. higher education system
- Participate in one of the longest running archaeological excavations in Lima, a 1500 year old site in the middle of the city, either through excavation efforts or cataloging information already discovered on site
- Utilize event planning skills by organizing environmental awareness initiatives at Católica University
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
This program may have supplemental fees. Please check with your IFSA Program Advisor.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
Student, New Zealand
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
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