Cal Poly in Peru Spring 2019

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Few places in the world capture the imagination like Machu Picchu and Peru. With its Inca ruins, colonial history, indigenous culture, and amazing scenery, Peru is a must-see destination for the adventurous traveler. Cal Poly in Peru is an eight-week Spring quarter program based in Cuzco. Students earn 16 units of academic credit (8 units of Spanish and 8 units of general education) with an emphasis on Spanish immersion, Latin American culture, international development, and sustainability. The coursework includes volunteer work, and students live with Peruvian homestay families. Multi-day excursions to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Peruvian Amazon make this program a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Cuzco, Peru

Situated at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and today is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Latin America. Navigate the city's narrow and cobbled streets and enrich your experience with visits to ruins, churches, museums, markets, shops, and cafes. Cuzco is also the base for excursions to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. It is Peru's most important destination and well equipped to handle the needs of international students.

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This program is open to students in all majors.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Not actively on academic probation
  • Good disciplinary standing

Minimum Enrollment

  • 20 students

Maximum Enrollment

  • 25 students

How to Apply

First, attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and complete the Advising Module. Then, click the 'Apply Now' button to complete the Cal Poly Abroad Application.
Spring Quarter 2019 schedule coming soon!

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Spring Quarter 2019 offers students an intensive 8-week 16-unit program. Students take two Spanish courses taught by Peruvian teachers and two general education courses taught in English by Cal Poly faculty.
The GE courses focus on Latin American culture, international development, and sustainability. They also include volunteer work on a stove project in highland indigenous communities. Students will learn about sustainable development in the classroom and then immediately apply that knowledge in the field, putting into practice Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing" motto.

Course # Course Title Unit
SPAN 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, 301, or 302* Spanish 8
WLC 310 Culture of Latin America (GE C4) 4
ISLA 315 Environment and Development in Latin America (GE D5) 4
*Choose 2 (Total of 8 Units)
NOTE: Pre-requisites for WLC 310 and ISLA 306 will be waived.

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Dr. James Keese

Dr. Jim Keese is a Professor of Geography in the Social Sciences Department. He is a specialist on Latin America, international development, and environmental sustainability. Dr. Keese is one of our most experienced faculty leaders. This will be his 7th time taking students to Peru, and he has also taught on Cal Poly programs in Spain, Mexico, and Australia.

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