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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Applications open on October 1st.
Fact Sheet:
Eligible Home Institutions for Peru Capstone: Columbia State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Southwest Tennessee State Community College
Program Description:
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Program Location | Program Dates | Course InformationProgram Description | Accommodations | Program Fee
The Peru Capstone is a Partnership Program.  Only students from Columbia State Community College,
Nashville State Community College and Southwest Tennessee Community College are eligible to participate
Partnership Programs are not eligible for the $100 early discount.

Program Location

Peru, located in western South America, is a geographically and ethnically diverse country full of history and culture. Spanish is the official language of Peru, along with the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara. During this spring break program, students will first visit the Andes Mountains and the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. From there, we will experience the monumental site of the ruins at Machu Picchu. Known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the sacred "City of the Incas" will be even more impressive than you can imagine. 

Our final stop will be to experience the complex diversity of metropolitan Lima, the historic seat of power for Spain during colonial times and the undisputed culinary capital of South America.  During the program, students will have opportunities to interact with the local people, experience Peruvian hospitality, and see a way of life very different from that in the US.  

Program Dates

Tentative dates March 3 - 10, 2018

Course Information

All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only.

The Peru Capstone is a TnCIS Partnership Program only offered to students at select member institutions. Students in the program will be enrolled in a spring semester course on their home campus and have the opportunity to travel to Peru during spring break as part of their academic experience. Each institution is offering selected courses that will incorporate the international experience into their coursework only at the following institutions. 

Two Year Institutions Spring Semester Course Offering
 Columbia State Community College   Fundamentals of Speech Communication
 Nashville State Community College   Special Topics: Travel Photography
 Southwest Tennessee Community College   Introduction to Sociology


Course Details 

All courses will be taught during the Spring 2018 semester at the respective colleges. During spring break, all 3 courses will come together for an international experience in Peru.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible that not all TnCIS programs or all TnCIS courses are available at your institution. A complete listing of courses offered at each member institution is available on the Members page. Please contact your TnCIS campus representative for instructions on registering and paying fees. 

Program Description

This is a Partnership Program with select member institutions. Only students from Columbia State Community College, Nashville State Community College and Southwest Tennessee Community College can participate. Contact your member institution if you have questions about registration for the associated spring courses or regarding available scholarships and financial aid.

Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least two to three miles each day. The Cusco portion of the program will be in high altitude and at times 12,000 feet above sea level. Students will need to be prepared for altitude acclimatization and take necessary steps to hydrate and rest properly during this portion of the trip. As we are in the Southern Hemisphere, students will also need to be prepared for summer temperatures in Lima. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.

Excursions May Include
In Cusco, we may visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Qoricancha, and the city center which is often bustling with parades and religious festivals during the month of March.  A day trip will be planned to visit Machu Picchu. This excursion begins with a fantastic backpacker journey by train, a surprising highlight of the tour, which offers picturesque vistas seen through large panoramic windows on the roof of our train car.

In Lima, we will be staying in the Miraflores district.  Known as the trendy, modern tourist area of Lima, we will be within walking distance of the Larcomar entertainment complex built into the cliffs near the ocean.  Multiple shops, restaurants, parks and public transportation are readily accessible in the vicinity.  We may also take a group tour of the "Centro de Lima" to visit the National Palace, Cathedral and multiple plazas for exploration in the historic city center. 

Class Information
Students will meet with their instructors to put the international experience into context with their ongoing spring coursework. Schedules will be arranged by individual instructors. 


Housing will be in tourist quality hotels in Cusco and Lima with 2 - 4 students in a shared room by gender. Breakfast and either lunch or dinner will be provided daily.

Dietary Note: Given the structure of the program and the resources available in some locations, the program may not be able to accommodate students with specific dietary preferences. If you have dietary concerns, please contact TnCIS.

Program Fee

  • $2850
All applicants must pay the non-refundable $100 application by November 20, 2017. The program fee payment deadline is January 18, 2018. There is no refund for cancellations after January 18th. Participants pay all fees at their home campus. Check with your member representative for more details.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

Applications open on October 1st.