Study Abroad in Cusco: Academics

The main objective of this program is to introduce students to Inca culture and to teach Spanish as a second language. All students take Spanish language at the appropriate level plus the Inca Art and Culture course for a total of 8 credits. The program uses a dynamic methodology that will include visits to museums, Inca archaeological sites and historic colonial areas both in the city of Cusco and in the surrounding valleys. With the specialized guidance of professors, students will acquaint themselves with Inca culture and study Spanish in a city that combines ancient history with a vibrant contemporary culture. In this environment, students will achieve a full understanding of the Andean mentality that is, in short, the foundation of Peruvian culture. This program offers students the opportunity to practice Spanish while on archaeological excursions, and to learn about Inca culture while on field trips with the Spanish class.

Two levels of Spanish are offered: the first for students with one semester of Spanish or with no prior knowledge of the language; the second for students with at least 2 semesters of Spanish. Recommended credits for courses are shown in parentheses.


Students must attend classes or provide valid excuses for absence. Failure to account for absences may result in mandatory withdrawal from the course.


No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Course Materials

Students will be given all necessary materials for both courses, including Spanish textbooks, archaeology textbooks and supplemental audio-visual course material.


Transcripts will be provided by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

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