Founded in 1995, the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is an institution in the process of becoming a bilingual institution with a focus on innovative education and entrepreneurship. Students have the opportunity during the summer to study at the Cusco campus, taking two courses in English or Spanish. This is a wonderful chance to study and live in the most important landmark city in South America and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
The Surrounding Area
Peru is an ideal destination for improving Spanish language skills and experiencing the vibrant culture of Latin America. Cusco is nestled into the Andean Mountains and was the former capital of the Inca Empire. With Machu Picchu (one of the New Seven Wonders) nearby, students will find plenty of opportunities to explore Peru’s rich culture and historical legacy through a variety of archaeological sites like Sacsayhuaman. A short flight awat, is the city of Lima. Lima was the center of Spanish colonial rule and is well known for its rich pre-Columbian history. A UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, Lima is also Latin America’s culinary capital with delicious local dishes for students to explore. With an international airport nearby, and a great bus network, students can easily explore the rest of the country and region.
USIL promotes student participation in a variety of different academic, cultural, and sports events organized by the university. Students can join sport teams that represent the university in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, chess, bowling, tae kwon do, modern dance, and many more. In addition to sports activities, the university also offers a variety of talks, seminars, presentations, conferences, and tourism opportunities.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.7+ GPA at time of application
- Successful completion of Spanish coursework through SPAN 202 or equivalent proficiency for coursework in Spanish
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNCW exchange/study abroad program at USIL will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. Areas of study available include architecture, nutrition and dietetics, business, international relations, environmental science, art and design, photography, communications, history, literature, psychology, Spanish, Quechua (the native language of the Incas), and many more.
UNCW students may live in a variety of housing options in Cusco. Student accommodation mainly includes laundry services, 24-hour Wi-Fi access, swimming pool, 24/7 security, living room, and breakfast. There are some host family options available. For more information, check this link out: http://internacional.usil.edu.pe/en/international/study-usil-cusco/housing
Summer 1 Dates
Late May to Early July
Summer 2 Dates
Early July to Early August
This program is available as a Study Abroad:
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.