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 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. In this course, you will join a growing number of students and scholars taking classes in Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas.
You will have the opportunity to study Quechua in Cuzco, the cradle of Quechua culture and language in Peru, and live with a local host family. This three-credit course will allow you to gain a deep understanding of the language and culture, as well as the Andean indigenous peoples’ way of seeing the world.
In Peru, you will experience an excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas; explore archeological sites, such as Ollantayambo; meet members of an indigenous community working with traditional textiles; and visit Machu Picchu.
You will also live with an indigenous Quechua homestay family during a short excursion to Taquile Island in Puno, Peru. During this time, you will take a language pledge, speaking Quechua throughout each day with your host family and community members. This will build your confidence, enhance fluency, and motivate deeper engagement in the cultural life of Quechuan communities.
SIT is also offering a supplementary online Quechua language course during the fall semester.
- Study introductory Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andes.
- Learn about the Quechua culture through language learning.
- Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit Machu Picchu.
- Fully immerse yourself with an indigenous Quechua homestay during an excursion to Taquile Island in Puno.
Two semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent. Course will be taught from Spanish to Quechua.