Study Abroad Peru

Lima - Spring 2019

Costa Verde - Lima, Peru

Quick facts:


Arrival Window: February 8-9, 2019

Start Date: February 10, 2018

End Date: July 19, 2019

To do


After you apply our local team in Lima will be in touch with specifics and to help prepare you. If you have any questions you can always contact us.



Depending on your language level and program, you may receive an e-mail from El Sol, our partner for language instruction. If you do, please complete these promptly for language class placement.


3.  REGISTER for “S.T.E.P.”

While you are abroad it is important that you register with the U.S. Department of State’s S.T.E.P. program. It is free and easy. By being enrolled, you will receive travel alerts, warnings and other important messages. You can register for STEP at .


Let us know when you're coming...we will pick you up! Please let us know as soon as possible and no less than 3 weeks before your arrival.

Contact Information

Our local team is here to support you 24/7. You can contact us at any time:

  • Patty Valencia, Program Coordinator:

  • Narda Antón, Academic Advisor:

  • Luciana Farah, Homestay Coordinator

For a detailed contact information plus emergency contacts, please reference the contact sheet below: 


Quick important dates (SPRING TERM 2019-1):

  • Student Arrival / Pick-up / Check-in Window: February 8-9, 2019

  • Program Start Date / Formal Orientation / Welcome lunch: February 10, 2019

  • Language class / Local activities: February 11 - March 8, 2019

  • Excursion #1 ("La selva" - Iquitos): March 9 - March 12, 2019

  • PUCP university orientation: TBD

  • Start of university classes: TBD

  • Excursion #2 ("La costa" - Ica): April 12 - April 14, 2019

  • End of university classes: TBD

  • Excursion #3 ("La sierra" - Cusco / Machu Picchu): July 14 - July 18, 2019

  • Program End Date (Spring Semester 2019-1): July 19, 2019

Helpful Links & Cultural Resources

General Resources

  • Migraciones (Peru) - more information about visas (tourist, student, etc), changing status, etc.
  • USA Embassy in Lima - resources and information for U.S. citizens in Lima. If you're not a U.S. citizen be sure to consult your country of residency's embassy.

Language Resources

  • WordReference - a great online dictionary include context for words, sample sentences, verb conjugation charts, and more.
  • Jerga Peruana - Want to speak like a local? Peru is known for its long list of jerga or slang. Here's a fun list of some of the most popular words you'll be hearing around Lima.
  • Speaking Latino - another great site with Peruvian jerga, local food & drink vocabulary, a breakdown of different Peruvian accents, and much more! Definitely worth a look.

Lima / Peru Resources

  • Lima Easy - a great, general guide to Lima and Peru. With a little bit of everything, this is like the Wikipedia for Peru.
  • El Comercio - what's happening in your city? El Comercio is the major daily news publication - check it out!
  • Go2Peru - the official tourism website of the Republic of Peru.
  • Living in Peru - an online, English-language magazine for expats in Peru. This publication includes everything from news articles, restaurant reviews and blogs to travel tips, event calendars, and business.
  • Lonely Planet: Peru - Lonely Planet's online Peru guide.
  • Country Reports: Peru - Country Reports does a great job summarizing the history, culture, food, people and customs of Peru.
  • ¿Y tú qué planes? - An awesome resources, published by PromPeru with tourism tips, recommendations, activities. If you're planning a trip somewhere within Peru this a great place. Looking to plan a short-trips, long-trips or weekend getaway? Start here!

Books, Movies, Shows & More

  • Death in the Andes - written by famous Peruvian author, Mario Vargas Llosa, this book comments on the often difficult realities of Peru. It is a great read that takes the reader to the 1980s in Peru during the time of the Shining Path terrorist organization.
  • Al Fondo Hay Sitio - premiered in 2009, Al Fondo Hay Sitio, is a TV Series that highlights the social and economic difference of two families, the Gonzales and the Maldini. The show does an excellent job illustrating the many quirks of Lima and the social reality of Peru in a fun way. There are 8 seasons. 
  • La  Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) - a 2009 film by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa and co-produced by Spain and Peru. This was the first Peruvian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film tells the story of Fausta who is suffering from a rare disease called the milk of sorrow. The story takes place during the time of The Shining Path in Peru.
  • El Pezweon - Peruvian? Totally. Funny? No, hysterical. Appropriate? We're not sure.  El Pezweon is a play on the words "pez" (fish) and "webon" or "huevón" (peruvian slang that can roughly mean lazy, jerk, idiot, dude, guy, or man depending on the context). This comic, started in 2008, was created by two PUCP graduates. If you can understand the humor you're well on your way to understanding Peruvian slang!


Discover or know another great video, article, book, picture or something else Peruvian/historical/cultural that other students would benefit from? Let us know and we will add it to our list! Email us at