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  • Locations: Multiple locations, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Columbia applicants only
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/15/2017
04/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/01/2017 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Quechua, Spanish
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Program Type: Field-studies Program
Program Advisor:
Jill Burya:
Eligibility - Home School: Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia SEAS Program Features: Homestays, Research Opportunities, Traveling Seminar
Discipline: Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Description:


PeruSIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization explores the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic population, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic groups.

Based in the sacred city of Cuzco, students actively engage with these traditions through intensive Quechua language study and encounters with indigenous oralists, literary specialists, authors, artists, and artisans. Students also explore urban painting, architecture, regional literature, and contemporary theater in both the capital city of Lima and "revolutionary" Arequipa. A rural homestay with a Quechua-speaking family and a trip into the Peruvian Amazon increase opportunities for cultural analysis.

Though the coursework is primarily conducted in Spanish, students will have the opportunity to learn Quechua as well.

Academic Features

All students will be enrolled in six courses: History of Indigenous Cultures in Peru, Indigenous Peoples in Motion: Changes, Resistance, and Globalization, Quechua, Spanish for the Social Sciences, Research Methods and Ethics, and the Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP affords students the unique opportunity to apply their learning from the semester to an independent field based research project supervised by a local advisor.

Program Features

SIT firmly believes in learning by experiencing and with this in mind, has developed several educational excursions in which students will participate. Students will visit the Sacred Valley, the Peruvian Amazon and the Colca Valley among other locations.

Because of the mobile nature of the trip, students will be housed in a variety of different accommodations including homestay, hostels, private homes, small hotels and shelters in the Amazon. Students will live in a homestay in Cusco for six weeks and in the Colca Canyon for five days.



All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.

Application Instructions

There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.