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Arequipa, Cusco & Lima

May 28 - June 25, 2014 (4 weeks)

Students interested in this program may qualify
for the federally funded Gilman Scholarship. 
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Total Program Fee: $4,700

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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 four week program, students will first experience the colonial beauty of Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru.  There we will be greeted by several majestic volcanoes with white snowy peaks and the western Andes.  Both provide a stunning back drop to a city full of mansions, museums and monasteries - most of which are made of white volcanic stone which glistens under the sunny and brilliantly blue sky of southern Peru.  Following our visit to the south, we will travel higher into the Andes Mountains to visit the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and 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 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 Description:

Students who study abroad in the TnCIS Peru program will have the opportunity to study history, geography, criminal justice, statistics or be immersed in Spanish language courses.  Spanish students will be able to use their language skills to communicate with native speakers in the market places, plazas and restaurants while traveling and meeting the people of Peru. History and human geography students will use Peru as a case study for major course themes.  Students in the criminal justice course will learn to more critically examine cultural influence on behavior in society and how it is labeled. And finally, students in the math course will use survey data from sources with a focus on Peruvian culture as a basis for statistical analysis.  Life in the city, sierra, valleys and beaches of Peru will be an eye-opening experience for all participants.

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 Arequipa and Cusco portions of the program will be in high altitude (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 winter temperatures that may be near freezing, especially in high altitude locations at night.  You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.

Excursions may include: The program will take advantage of opportunities to visit museums, historic homes and rural villages in and around Arequipa.  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 June.  An overnight excursion may take us to Aguascalientes, the tourist town at the foot of Machu Picchu.  This excursion begins with a fantastic backpacker journey by train - an unexpected highlight of the tour with picturesque vistas seen through large panoramic windows on the roof of our train car. The final week will be spent in Lima, 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 to explore in the historic city center.

Classes: Classrooms will be provided within the student accommodations and onsite during excursions. Schedules will be arranged by individual instructors.

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


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. In Peru, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

SPANISH: SPAN 1020: Beginning Spanish II (Prerequisite: Spanish 1010)
This course is a continuation of Beginning Spanish I. It will concentrate on Spanish conversation, grammar, composition, vocabulary building, and reading.  See course syllabus 

SPANISH: SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish I (Prerequisite: Spanish 1020)
This course will concentrate on conversation, writing, listening and reading in Spanish. The emphasis will be on communicative proficiency. See course syllabus 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE:  Deviance and Control (No Prerequisite)
A sociological discussion of the nature and role of deviance in a society.  The various types of deviance are considered, and the nature of the relationship between deviance and the controlling and producing forces of society is discussed.  The relationship of deviance to crime is also considered.  We will be learning about cultural variations in definitions of deviance and how important language is for understanding cultural differences and hierarchy.  Understanding those who are labeled can be understood in the context of the social, economic, racial and ethnic hierarchy within a country.  The class will explore the major types of deviant labels in Peru through scientific methods used in sociology.  Labeled deviant behavior will be discussed in class as we determine which behaviors identified as deviant and/or criminal.  Once the deviant behaviors are agreed upon we will discuss each behavior in the context of power relations and hierarchy as they are related to economics, race and ethnicity.  We will also discuss the implications of the label on the individuals or groups being labeled as well as policy implications for the culture and various groups in Peru. See course syllabus

GEOGRAPHY: Introduction to Human Geography (No Prerequisite)
This course is an introduction to the geography of human cultures, especially those in Peru.  Course topics focus on human/environment interaction, demographics, distribution patterns and interactions of such cultural characteristics as language, religion, population, politics, urbanization and economics. Students will have an opportunity to experience Peruvian culture by traveling the country for a period of four weeks.  The program sites will include Cusco, Arequipa, and the capital city, Lima.  Beyond the obvious attractions of the soaring Andes and the Inca citadel called Machu Picchu, the languages, syncretic Catholic religion, local customs, cityscapes, and food culture will be studied.  The unique cultural setting with regard to race/ethnicity in Peru will be of key concern as it varies widely from the urban to the rural.  An ethnic group consists of people of common ancestry and cultural traditions, and these traditions are very different from the European/Mestizo city when compared with the Amerindian Andes.  Linguistically, the Spanish city will differ widely from the Aymara/Quechua rural milieu.  Economic development will be of no less importance.  Access to the world's economy is readily apparent when one sees the prowess of coastal Lima, which produces around 80 percent of Peru's GDP, while the interior of the Andean spine and Amazon Basin languish in isolation.  History will also play a role in the course, whether it is pre-Inca civilizations like the Moche or more modern events like the Shining Path revolution.  The focus is on Peru, but the course material will be understood though comparison and conversation about the textbook and assigned readings from a global perspective.  See course syllabus

HISTORY: World Civilization II (No Prerequisite)
Welcome to the Revolution!  The question is:  Which One?  This class in many ways is about revolutions:  Scientific, Industrial, American, French, Russian, and South American.  We will look at them all.  We will explore a diversity of cultures and trace the development of significant political, cultural, intellectual and social developments from the mid 1600s to the present.  We will consider the rise of Industrial Imperialism that saw the Scramble for Africa and the struggle for control of China. We will contrast the resistance of China and Japan to encroaching westernization with the experience of Peru and Spanish America.  And we will focus on Peruvian civilization before, during, and after the arrival of Europeans, including the incredible story of the Incas, who established one of the great pre-modern empires.  We will study the Spanish conquest of the Incas and the impact of the Columbian Exchange on the peoples of the Americas and Europe.  We will consider the revolutions that swept South America in the early 19th Century, and look at how it has evolved into the 20th Century.  

We will have the unique opportunity to study the Inca in their world - their capital city of Cuzco, the wonder that is Machu Picchu, a place on almost everyone’s “bucket list.”  Arequipa, established in 1540 and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is an excellent place to study Spanish colonization of Peru.  We will visit Lima, also a colonial city, established in 1535, and the current capital of Peru.   See course syllabus

MATH: Probability and Statistics (No Prerequisite)
The New7Wonders Foundation was an initiative started in 2001 to choose wonders of the world from a selection of 200 existing monuments.  The Official New 7 Wonders of the World have been elected by more than 100 million votes.  They included the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu on the list.  During a portion of our program, we will stay in Cusco and visit Machu Picchu which is 160 miles away in the Andes Mountains.  Not only will we enjoy our trip to this World Heritage Site, we will also pay attention to how the New 7 Wonders of the World were selected and look at statistical survey methods.  Whether or not you believe there is a connection between the compassion people have for their monuments and the motivation people have for their future, we will examine the relationship between two quantities, called the "correlation", to distinguish scientific explanations from hunches.  See course syllabus