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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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Sponsor: Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)

Location: Lima, Peru


The program provides unique opportunities to get involved in Peruvian social, economic and political issues through community service and research with major non-governmental organizations in Lima. Students choose from a wide variety of classes alongside local students at the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), one of the highest ranked universities in Latin America. In addition, the program offers two mandatory courses designed specifically for IFSA participants: Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture as well as Peruvian Social Reality, where you will work with a local NGO throughout the semester focusing on human rights, women's movements, ecology, homelessness and more. An optional gender studies concentration allows students to really dig deeper into social issues in Peruvian society, such as the Ni Una Menos movement. All classes are taught in Spanish.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: This program follows the Peruvian academic calendar: Fall Quarter begins in early August and ends in mid-December. Winter/Spring Quarters begin in early March and end in mid-July.


  • Spanish majors and minors must discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IFSA-Butler application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

Completion of Spanish 199 or the equivalent of college-level Spanish required; completion of one 200-level class recommended.


Homestays (13 meals/week)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $20,695

Billed by Northwestern: $17,495

Estimated additional costs: $3,200

  • Additional meals: $600
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $120
  • Books & supplies: $80
  • Personal expenses: $1,200

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