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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home stay
Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: Yes
Language coursework offered: Yes Field of study: Foreign Languages
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
CAP-Approved Courses: No
Program Description:

Spanish Language Immersion in PeruLima, Peru - City

About the Program

To experience more of this beautiful, geographically and culturally diverse country, students will first spend a week in Lima on the central coast of the country, where they can enjoy beautiful beaches, parks, and the central market. Students will then spend three weeks in Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. This immersion program combines intensive language and conversation courses with two organized cultural activities per week (Peruvian cuisine, Pisco tasting, and visits to the Sacred Valley and a pre-Incan archaeological site, for example) and weekend excursions to Machu Picchu (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Lake Titicaca. Students attend language classes during the day and stay with Peruvian host families to experience total immersion in the language and culture.

Spanish Language Immersion, Summer 2016 Participant (Segovia, Spain):
"This program is excellent in providing relevant and important educational programs for students combined with a great cultural experience."


Curricular Options

SPN 311/312: Spanish Conversation I or II (According to student placement)  (3 credits)
These courses are designed for the student to develop and improve his/her vocabulary, improve his/her comprehension of spoken language; improve his/her pronunciation; speak Spanish more fluently; identify his/her weaknesses in grammatical structures in order to correct them; and increase his/her cultural awareness of the Spanish speaking world. Each class will have no more than 4 students. Pre-requisite: SPN 202/SPN 311.

SPN 370: Fundamentals of Spanish Language (3 credits)
This course focuses on all aspects of the Spanish language and theory, from grammar exercises to reading, writing, listening and communication skills. Students may practice Spanish through a wide variety of activities including debates, newspaper articles, current affairs, games, mock telephone conversations, interviews, films and documentaries, listening to songs and, of course, real life situations and events. Each class will have no more than 8 students. Prerequisite: SPN 202
For students who have already taken SPN 311 or SPN 312, please contact Dr. Costales.


Dr. Kathleen Costales, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Global Languages and Cultures (Site Coordinator)


Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration.

Students must also be in good disciplinary standing. Completion of SPN 202 or equivalent is required to participate in this program.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). 

The details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 17033
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 6 - May 1, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Spanish Language Immersion, Summer 2016 Participant (Segovia, Spain):
"Studying abroad opens your eyes in ways no other experiences can to how different people can be, but through seeing that difference, creates a sense of unity in people that is very special."

Peru Map

Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experiences:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.