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SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Language of Instruction: Quechua, Spanish
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Explore the topics of indigenous peoples and globalization during a semester in Peru

The next application deadline is Mar 1, 2018
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SIT 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.


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.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Multiple locations,
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Admissions Decision Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018