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Virtual Quechua Language (Beginning)

Quechua for beginners is a unique course taught through online instruction with experienced Quechuan instructors based in Cuzco, Peru.

At a Glance





Language of Study


Language Levels



Sep 20 ‎– Nov 19

Online Component

Sep 20 ‎– Nov 19

Program Countries


Program Base


Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

Quechua is the linguistic identity of Runa Simi (language of people) and is spoken by 10 million people throughout the Andes. It is the most widely spoken language in the Andes after Spanish. Quechua is not just a language, it is a linguistic family that varies from one region to another, from Argentina to Colombia. Scholars of this language consider Quechua the only language in the world that is neither individualistic nor egocentric in its ideology and philosophy, but encompasses the other, the collective. It is believed that this aspect of Quechua is what has sparked worldwide interest in studying this native language. In this course, you will join a growing number of students and scholars taking classes in Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas.

This three-credit online course will provide you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the language and culture, as well as the Andean indigenous peoples’ way of seeing the world.

You will be expected to devote approximately 15 hours per week to this course over a nine-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones and it integrates both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous sessions may include three hours per week with the language instructor(s) doing drills and practicing conversation. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be determined together by instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.

Asynchronous activities may include approximately 10-12 hours per week on practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completing assignments. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Study introductory Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andes. 
  • Learn about the Quechua culture with its emphasis on collectivity through language learning. 
  • Develop Quechua language skills through interactive sessions with expert instructors.  


No prerequisites are required for this program. Knowledge of Spanish is recommended but not required.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Immersion in the language of the Incas
  • Andean culture, philosophy, and cosmovision
  • 3-5 hours a week of synchronous instruction and group work as a cohort of students 
  • 10-12 hours a week of asynchronous tasks 

Quechua (Online)

Quechua (Online) – syllabus
(QUEC1003 / 3 credits)

Faculty & Staff

Peru: Virtual Quechua Language (Beginning)

Alex Alvarez, PhD
Academic Director
Regina Tupacyupanqui Arredondo
Quechua Language Instructor
Jossie Coacalla Juares
Quechua Language Instructor

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $1,080. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.