Explore how indigenous peoples in Peru are adapting and innovating to preserve their cultural values and shape their own future in the face of globalization and rapid change.

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  • Examine the social, economic, political, and cultural impacts of globalization on indigenous peoples.

    With 35 to 45 percent of the country’s population identifying as Andean or as a member of a native Amazonian community, Peru is an ideal place to learn about the pressures indigenous peoples currently face. You will be challenged to scrutinize the complexities of multiple identities, transformation, and marginalization.

  • Rapidly advance your Spanish and learn introductory Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region.

    After orientation, you will spend six weeks with a family in a Cuzco neighborhood 10 to 15 minutes from downtown. You will take intensive Spanish and Quechua language classes as you participate in lectures on political violence, Andean and Amazonian cultures, gender issues, indigenous movements, international indigenous law and human rights, extractive industries, and the environment.

  • Learn field research methods and ethics in preparation for your Independent Study Project guided by a local advisor.

    Advisors include host-country academics, field professionals, and other experts. The advisor works with you on the design and implementation of your research project. Once the research plan has been agreed upon, you and your advisor will communicate regularly to monitor the progress of your fieldwork.

  • Travel throughout Peru for three weeks.

    You’ll see the Peruvian Amazon, Lake Titicaca, and UNESCO World Heritage site Arequipa. You’ll also hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and Peru’s most important archaeological site. The Inca Trail is the most famous trek in South America and one of the top 10 treks in the world.

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    See how communities work toward their own community development and cultural preservation in the face of shifting global influences.

Critical Global Issue of Study

Migration | Identity | Resilience

Migration | Identity | Resilience

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Four recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.

Key Topics of Study


Key Topics of Study

  • Indigenous rights, advocacy, and policy
  • Community empowerment
  • Identity recognition
  • Historical legacies and contemporary social movements
  • Impacts of global changes: society, culture, economy, and ecology




Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

From Cuzco, you will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore archeological sites in Pisac and Ollantavambo, meet members of an indigenous community working with traditional textiles, and visit a project working with indigenous people in the Sacred Valley.

You will then have the unique opportunity to hike 16 kilometers to Machu Picchu over two days on the Inca Trail, the most famous trek in South America and one of the top 10 treks in the world. During the trek, you will interact with and learn from the porteadores, guides indigenous to the area, who will accompany your group along the trail. You will experience diverse Andean ecosystems during the journey, hiking in altitudes ranging from 9,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level. Built at the beginning of the fifteenth century, Machu Picchu is located on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba River. It is Peru’s most important archaeological site and in 2007 was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This excursion will take place over approximately four days.

Peruvian Amazon – Madre de Dios

Loretta provinceMadre de Dios, in the southeastern region of the Peruvian Amazon bordering Brazil, is a storehouse of tropical biodiversity and renewable and nonrenewable resources. However, the effects of globalization make this region more than a natural paradise; economic activities including petroleum, gold mining, timber, agriculture, natural protected areas, hydroelectric, and the inter-oceanic highway megaproject compete for power, resources, and rights. In the middle of these conflicts are the indigenous peoples who have occupied this region for millennia, including the Matsiguenka, Ese Eja, and Harakmbut, as well as other communities such as the Shipibos, Quichuarunas, Ashaninca, and Yines that have arrived in this region as a result of extractive displacement. These groups have organized into the Native Federation of Madre de Dios (FENAMAD) and have achieved significant advances in defense of their territorial rights.

You will travel in Amazonia for one week, where you will attend lectures from indigenous leaders and participate in local community activities. For four days, you will stay in indigenous communities and have the opportunity to learn about Amazonian livelihoods and how indigenous peoples are confronting the impacts of globalization.

Lake Titicaca and Puno

Lake TiticacaLake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and, by volume, the largest lake in South America. You will spend one night in Puno and visit the indigenous community of the Uros, Aymara people who live on floating totora reed islands at an altitude of 12,494 feet. When the Incas, under Emperor Pachacútec, reached Lake Titicaca in the 15th century, inhabitants of the area were forced to withdraw. Since then, the Uros have overcome harsh living conditions by relying on fishing, which is their main source of food as well as a bartering resource. But without agriculture or livestock, the Uros increasingly have sought alternative means of survival. 

You will also travel to Taquile Island at an altitude of 12,507 feet, which has been populated since the pre-Columbian period and remained almost isolated until the 1970s. Adventurers started coming to the island after it was mentioned in the South American Tourism Handbook. You will stay on the island for three nights and will learn about the way of life of the Taquileños.

Arequipa and Colca Canyon

This excursion will take place over four days with one night in Colca and two nights in Arequipa. You will also visit Colca Valley, the world’s second-deepest canyon (3,400 meters deep) and home to the condor, one of the largest birds in the world. Arequipa is a UNESCO World Heritage site known as “the white city” because of the use of the volcanic white rock sillar in their buildings. The city is surrounded by three volcanoes (Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu) and integrates European and native building techniques and characteristics. It is filled with the work of colonial masters and criollo and indigenous masons who created captivating ornamental architecture. Here you will attend lectures on research methods and ethics and have the opportunity to process your learning experiences from your rural homestay. 




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Students participate in a variety of research and cultural activities throughout the semester and learn from researchers, academics, professionals, practitioners, and community experts. During the final month, students leverage their field study experience and research skills to conduct an Independent Study Project.

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. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

History of Indigenous Cultures in Peru – syllabus
(LACB3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
The course begins with an examination of the history of Andean and Amazonian indigenous peoples in Peru. Students consider the prosperity and peacefulness of the precolonial period, the violence of the colonial era, and the birth and construction of the Peruvian republic, asking how indigenous populations were and were not included in the nationalist project. Students also learn about the cosmovisions of both Andean and Amazonian cultures, traditional conceptualizations of gender, land use, and other topics. With these foundations, students then shift toward contemporary issues, in particular focusing on urbanization processes as they have affected indigenous peoples. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
Indigenous Peoples in Motion: Changes, Resistance, and Globalization – syllabus
(LACB3005 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
In this seminar, students explore contemporary transformations of indigenous groups through multiple lenses. In particular, they analyze ethnic identity within the urban environment, examining indigenous migration and "cholification", racism, and discrimination. They consider the ethnic component of political violence in Peru and study how indigenous peoples have mobilized resistance and organized to defend their cultures, territories, and local environments. Students study topics such as bilingual education movements, national law, and international rights for indigenous peoples, among other topics. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
Quechua – syllabus
(QUEC1001 / 1 credits / 15 hours)
This introductory course emphasizes building oral and comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction. Formal instruction is enhanced by language practice during rural homestays and excursions.
Spanish for the Social Sciences I – syllabus
(SPAN2003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Spanish for the Social Sciences II – syllabus
(SPAN2503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Spanish for the Social Sciences III – syllabus
(SPAN3003 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
Spanish for the Social Sciences IV – syllabus
(SPAN3503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
In this course, students hone their speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom and field instruction. They practice reading social science literature as they learn the theoretical terms and local expressions needed to discuss sociocultural issues, to conduct field research, and to interact in settings related to the program themes. Students are placed in small classes based on an in-country evaluation that tests both written and oral proficiency.
Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
In this research methods course designed to prepare students for the Independent Study Project, students learn how to organize and conduct a research project. Through lectures, readings, and field activities, students study and practice a range of basic social science methods. They examine the ethical issues surrounding field research related to the program themes and are guided through the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review process, which forms a core component of the course. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, selected appropriate methods, and written a solid proposal for an Independent Study Project related to the program themes. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
Conducted in Cuzco or other approved and appropriate locations in Peru, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program's thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. Sample topic areas: the role of oral histories, legends, and myths in ethnocultural preservation; knowledge transmission; changing agricultural practices; ecotourism as a community development model; grassroots empowerment; interaction between urban and rural communities; generational dynamics in cultural pride and heritage; bicultural/bilingual education; conflicts between conservation and extractive industries.

Faculty and Staff


Faculty and Staff

Alex Alvarez, PhD, Academic Director

Alex Alvarez

A native of Cuzco, Alex received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the National University of Cuzco, his master’s in social sciences with a focus in environmental management and development from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLASCO), and his PhD in development studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He received doctoral fellowships at the National Centre of Competence in North-South Research in Geneva and the Russell E. Train Education for Nature program with the World Wildlife Fund. He also received the Exchange Legacy Lelong grant for social anthropology research from the National Center of Scientific Research in France.

Alex has written specialized articles for science publications abroad about Andean and Amazonian indigenous peoples, land governance, conservation, and protected areas in indigenous territories in Peru and has been a reviewer for various Latin American journals. He provides volunteer technical and scientific support to the Indigenous Federation of Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru on issues related to environmental governance, property rights, cultural landscapes, natural resource extraction, and conservation of biodiversity in indigenous territories. He was recently nominated to be an honorary member of the TICCA Consortium based in Geneva, an honor awarded Alex in recognition of his expertise in and activism regarding issues faced by indigenous peoples.

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Sonia Fullerton, Program and Student Affairs Coordinator

Sonia was born in London. She has a degree in product design and development, but her long-held passion for languages led her to become an English language teacher, helping migrant workers attain skilled jobs. When visiting Peru in 2014, she fell in love with the country and moved to Cuzco six months later, continuing to work in education. Sonia has directed language schools and training courses and coordinates students’ schedules on the program. She leads the trips and provides support to students with her firsthand experience of adapting to, and understanding, Peruvian culture.

Ana Hermoza, MA, Program Administrator

AAna Hermozana studied business administration at the National University of Cuzco and has a master’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Tarapaca, Chile. She works with students and local families to facilitate the homestay experience, handles program logistics, and assists the academic director in management of all program activities. Ana has more than 13 years of experience in NGO management, tourism, banks, and other entities, as well as six years managing study abroad and volunteer programs in Cuzco. 


Julia Catalán Cervantes, Rural Homestay Coordinator and Office Assistant

Julia CatalanJulia was born in the Apurimac region in the southern Andean mountains of Peru. She is a native Quechua speaker and learned her second language, Spanish, when she was 16. Political violence forced her to leave that region, and she migrated to Cuzco. Julia has worked with the program since 2010, performing administrative duties and supporting students and staff. In 2013, she became the coordinator in charge of rural homestays and field activities on Taquile Island.

Faculty and lecturers typically include:

Alberto Chirif

Alberto is a Peruvian anthropologist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima. For the past 40 years, his professional practice has focused on the collective rights of indigenous peoples. He works as an independent consultant and has written many specialized articles and books, including Atlas de Comunidades NativasEl Indígena y Su Territorio, and Marcando Territorio: Progresos y Limitaciones de la Titulación de Territorios Indígenas en la Amazonía

Luis Nieto Degregori

Luis Nieto holds a degree in philology from the University Patricio Lumumba in Moscow and was a professor at the National University of San Cristóbal de Huamanga throughout periods of political violence in Peru. He is one of the most important contemporary writers in Peru. He has written several novels and short stories, many of them about political violence, as well as historic and urban novels like Señores de Estos ReynosCuzco Después del Amor, and Asesinato en la Gran Ciudad del Cuzco, among many others. He is also a renowned researcher and independent consultant. He is coordinator of the dissemination unit of the indigenous nongovernmental organization Guaman Poma de Ayala and the editor of the journal Crónicas Urbanas.

Thomas Moore, PhD

Thomas is a US-born anthropologist who earned his PhD at the New School for Social Research in New York. He conducted ethnological field research among the Harakbut in southeastern Peru from 1973–75 and has since maintained a relationship with them and other indigenous peoples of the region. He is co-founder, first president, and executive director of Centro Eori de Investigación y Promoción Regional, a Puerto Maldonado NGO, and has been advisor to indigenous organizations in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia. He has taught anthropology in the United States and Peru, and has managed development programs for USAID and the United Nations Development Programme. 

Ramón Pajuelo, PhD Candidate

Ramón is an anthropologist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and holds two master’s degrees, one in Latin American history from the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, and one in Andean history from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Ecuador. He is principal researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, the most prestigious social studies institute in the country. His work focuses on rural communities and indigenous peoples as well as social movements and ethnicity and politics.

Daniel Rodriguez, PhD Candidate

Daniel is a PhD candidate at Kent University, UK, and an anthropologist involved in issues relating to indigenous rights in the Madre de Dios river basin in southeastern Peru, with a special focus on voluntarily isolated indigenous peoples. Most of his work has been developed within indigenous organizations, in particular advising the Federación Nativa de Madre de Dios on the impacts of gold mining and oil and gas concessions and the potential effects of mining on voluntarily isolated indigenous peoples. He has worked with the Ese Eja people in Peru and Bolivia and People and Plants International’s Cultural Landscapes and Resource Rights Program since 2005.

Richard Chase Smith, PhD

Richard is executive director of the Instituto del Bien Común in Lima. He earned a doctorate in anthropology from Cornell University and has held positions as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, visiting senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, and professor at the National Agrarian University in Lima. He has lived and worked in Peru and other Amazonian-Andean countries for the past 40 years. His primary focus has been the invisibility of indigenous peoples, with a concentration on political organization for land rights for indigenous peoples. He has also been the director of Oxfam America’s South America program for 15 years.

Lucy Ann Trapnell, MA

Lucy Ann is an anthropologist and professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú with a master’s degree in education from Bath University, UK. She is co-founder of the Programa de Formación de Maestros Bilingües de la Amazonia Peruana, a training program for bilingual Peruvian Amazonian teachers used by the indigenous confederation AIDESEP. During the past 25 years she has been involved in teacher training programs with Amazonian indigenous peoples, developed many studies, and published articles on intercultural bilingual education.

Antonio Zapata Velasco, PhD

Antonio Zapata Velasco earned his PhD in history with a specialization in Latin America at Columbia University in New York. He is well known for his research on Peruvian history and sociopolitical issues. He has been a professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and currently is a professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is also a columnist and political analyst for one of the most important newspapers in Peru, La República. He is an associated researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) and was formerly director and presenter of the television history program Sucedió en el Perú.

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Through my studies in Peru, I learned about indigenous populations in an array of settings, from the classroom to the Amazon to the metropolitan center of Lima.

Through my studies in Peru, I learned about indigenous populations in an array of settings. This was a kind of experiential learning which fundamentally changed the things I thought I knew about the world.

Cass Madden, Tufts University

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The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.

marketThe program includes urban and rural homestays that expose you to different Peruvian lifestyles, perspectives, and identities. By sharing daily activities with your families, you will be fully immersed within the local culture and have a unique opportunity to practice your Spanish and Quechua language skills.


You will live with a host family for six weeks in one of two neighborhoods along Cuzco’s Avenida Cultural. Activities with your homestay family may include playing soccer in the neighborhood park, taking weekend trips, or joining in celebrations and religious holidays. Through daily conversations with host family members, you will discuss your impressions and experiences of Cuzco while exchanging cultural information and insights.

Taquile Island

You will also spend four days living with a Quechua-speaking family on Taquile Island. In this community, you will become immersed in the daily routine of the Andean countryside, including assisting your families in sowing potatoes or grazing cows or sheep.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, and small hotels in the Amazon.

Independent Study Project


Independent Study Project

Spend the final month of the program working on an Independent Study Project (ISP) conducting primary research on a selected topic in Cuzco or another approved location in Peru. The ISP allows you to directly apply the concepts and skills learned in the thematic seminars and the Research Methods and Ethics course while deepening your knowledge of a topic of significance to you.

Sample ISP topic areas:

  • Role of oral histories, legends, and myths in ethnocultural preservation
  • Grassroots empowerment
  • Ecotourism as a community development model
  • Interaction of urban-rural communities
  • Generational dynamics in cultural pride and heritage
  • Bicultural/bilingual education
  • Environmental conservation and extractive industry conflicts
  • Changing agricultural practices

Browse this program’s Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.

Career Paths


Career Paths

Students on this program represent a wide range of colleges, universities, and majors. Many of them have gone on to pursue academic and professional work that connects back to their experience abroad with SIT. Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • Community outreach coordinator at Escuela Verde, Milwaukee, WI
  • Researcher at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Ancon, Panama

Alumni are also advancing their studies through Fulbright, master’s, and PhD programs. Others are working in diverse areas, from the arts to academic fields related to social and economic issues.




This information is provided to assist you in identifying possible accessibility barriers and preparing for an accessible educational experience with SIT Study Abroad. You should be aware that while in-country conditions and resources vary by site, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate disability-related accommodation. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact SIT Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu for additional information related to access abroad and to discuss possible accommodations.


During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class five to six days per week for six to eight hours per day. You will have 30-minute breaks every one and a half to two hours. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, written assignments/exams, oral presentations/exams, individual assignments, and in-class quizzes/exams. Course readings and in-class materials are typically available in a digital format.

If you have questions about alternate format materials, testing accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Program Center

The SIT program office, including its classrooms, is accessed by numerous steps and narrow walkways measuring less than 32 in. (82 cm.) wide. In general, vertically oriented Cuzco can be physically challenging to navigate due to having many steps and levels. Few ramps, elevators, and other accessibility features exist within the city. 


The program includes excursions to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Amazon, Lake Titicaca and Puno, and Araquipa and Colca Canyon. You should expect to stand, walk, and hike for long periods of time. A pair of comfortable, rubber-soled, waterproof trekking shoes is recommended. Program excursions may occasionally vary to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities.


The program’s homestay coordinator will be responsible for placing you in your homestays. These placements are made based, first, on health concerns, including any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Urban homestays offer regular access to Wi-Fi, cellular service, electricity to charge devices, and refrigerators to store medication. Backup power is available. The physical accessibility of homestay options is currently limited. If you have questions about homestay accessibility, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Dietary Needs

The local diet in Peru is based on meat, chicken, fish, rice, a large variety of potatoes, beans, corn, and limited vegetables and fruits. Cuzco is a cosmopolitan city, with a large variety in food options and restaurants. Vegetarians can be accommodated with notice.

SIT Study Abroad works with students, program staff, homestay families, home colleges and universities, and others to accommodate dietary needs whenever possible. For more information on dietary needs and dietary preferences, please review the Student Support section of the Student Health, Safety, and Support web page.


Because you will live close to other SIT students in your Cuzco neighborhood, you will usually share taxis or mini vans in the mornings. Most homestays will be within a 20- to 30-minute bus ride from the program site. Walking, bus, train, taxi, airplane, and boat are modes of transportation utilized for excursions. Buses and trains are generally not equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and have limited room to stand or stretch.

General routes of travel in Cuzco are not accessible. The city is situated on steep terrain with many narrow stairs and paths.


You are advised to bring your own academic technology, including laptops, recording devices, thumb drives, and assistive technology. SIT provides limited personal property insurance; therefore, it is recommended that you insure computers or other valuables for full coverage. The program’s computer space currently has a computer, printer, scanner, and copier. Adequate internet access can be found throughout Cuzco and even in smaller cities but not necessarily in rural areas. The classroom locations in Cuzco are also equipped with a wireless system. Internet café fees are considered affordable.

Health Resources

Medical care is good in Lima and usually adequate in other major cities, but it is less adequate elsewhere in Peru. Urban private healthcare facilities are often better staffed and equipped than public or rural ones. Payment for medical services is covered by your health insurance if the provider is notified prior to or during the medical service.

Some students experience “soroche” or altitude sickness when they first arrive in the Peruvian Andes. This typically subsides after two days. If you have had challenges with altitude in the past or think that you may have difficulty, you may want to consider speaking with your doctor about health concerns and medication.

Dust and dryness can make wearing contacts uncomfortable; it is therefore advised to bring two pairs of prescription eyeglasses.

Admitted students are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about accessing health services or medication while abroad during the health review process. Read more about the health review process and the summary of benefits for student health insurance.

Requesting Disability-Related Accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations, admitted students should contact the Office of Disability Services. For more information about the accommodation process, documentation guidelines and a link to the accommodation request form, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu or 802 258-3390 as early as possible for information and support.

Additional Support Resources

MIUSA (Mobility International USA) is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities. It offers numerous resources for persons with disabilities who wish to study abroad and/or engage in international development opportunities.

Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting the belief that persons with disabilities can and should go abroad. AWD works diligently to empower clients to pursue study, work, volunteer, and/or internship opportunities outside of the United States by creating dialogue, sharing resources, and spreading awareness.

Cost and Scholarships


Cost and Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. 

SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

Tuition: Not yet available.

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Community development
    • History and cultural identity
    • Rights, advocacy, and policy
  • Research Methods and Ethics course on research methods and Human Subjects Review
  • Intensive language instruction in Spanish
  • Intensive language instruction in Quechua
  • All educational excursions to locations such as Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Madre de Dios, Taquile Island, Colca Valley, and Arequipa, including all related travel costs 
  • Independent Study Project (including a stipend for accommodation and food) 
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period

Room & Board: Not yet available.

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Cuzco), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project, and during the final evaluation period. Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay. 
  • All homestays (six weeks in Cuzco and four days with a Quechua-speaking family in Taquile Island)  
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.

Estimated Additional Costs:

Airfare to Program Site

Airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $ 28

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $150

International Phone: Each student must bring a smart phone that is able to accept a local SIM card with them to their program, or they must purchase a smart phone locally.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.

In order to make study abroad more accessible, SIT's partner colleges and universities may charge home school tuition fees for their students participating on an SIT Study Abroad program. If your institution has an agreement with SIT and charges fees different from those assessed by SIT, please contact your study abroad advisor for more details. The SIT published price is the cost to direct enroll in the SIT program. Tuition fees may vary for students based on your home college's or university's billing policies with SIT.

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