Study Abroad Peru

Lima - 2018-1 (February-July)

Peru - Cusco, Machu Picchu

Quick facts:

Arrival Window: February 16-17, 2018

Start Date: February 18, 2018

End Date: July 12, 2018


Quick links:


To do

✅ 1. Please Complete the Following Forms - DUE: December 8, 2017

  • Student Agreement - form closed
  • New Student Information - form closed

✅ 2. Passport Information - DUE: December 8, 2017

Please send a clear, color photocopy or picture of your passport information page to

✅ 3.  Let us know when you're coming! - DUE: February 1, 2018

Please forward your flight details to Patty Valencia your program coordinator at Be sure it includes your: (i)name, (ii)detailed flight itinerary and (iii) airline confirmation number.

✅ 4.Language Evaluation - DUE: mid-February, 2018

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

5. Register for S.T.E.P. - DUE: February 19, 2018

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 .

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

  • Rey García, Program Manager, Study Abroad

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


Quick important dates:

  • Program Start Date - February 18, 2018
  • Orientation / Language Classes - February 18 - March 2, 2018
  • Excursion #1 ("La selva" - Iquitos) - March 3 - March 6, 2018
  • PUCP Orientation - March 7 - 8, 2018
  • Excursion #2 ("La costa" - Ica) - April 13 - April 15, 2018
  • Excursion #3 ("La sierra" - Cusco / Machu Picchu) - July 7 - 11, 2018
  • Program End Date - July 12, 2018

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