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About the Program
The IFSA program at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) is designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills, who wish to continue their studies by enrolling directly at PUCP alongside Peruvian students. Through rigorous university coursework and community service/research with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Lima students will become more intimately acquainted with Peruvian social, economic and political issues in both a contemporary and historical context.
The capital city of Peru, Lima boasts a colonial legacy that is reflected in its main square on the banks of the river Rímac, in its numerous ornately constructed baroque churches, and in its historical homes with elaborately carved wooden balconies. A city of eight million, with neighborhoods sprawling out from the colonial center, Lima is peppered with archaeological sites. One need only to listen to Peruvian music, eat Peruvian food, and learn about its fascinating history and culture to observe the blending of indigenous, African, European, and Asian cultures.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Completion of two semesters of Spanish at Tulane including SPAN 3040 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure
- Coursework with Latin American content strongly recommended
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Art Studio, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Urban Planning, Urban Studies
IFSA offers a semester and full year study abroad program on the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) program. The program allows you to enroll directly in classes at the PUCP with local students. In addition, it offers two mandatory program classes designed specifically for IFSA-Butler participants. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Peru what it is today.
Founded in 1917, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) is the oldest established private higher educational institution in Peru. Its impressive 90-acre campus, which is located in the busy commercial district of San Miguel, houses faculty buildings, a central library, computer facilities, the sports center, student cafeterias, and even an archaeological site. The University also has many research centers, including the Institute for Democracy and Humans Rights. Nearly 17,000 students study here.
This program begins with an orientation program designed to acclimate students to their new social and academic environment. Students take two required courses: Advanced Spanish (3 credits) and Peruvian Social Reality (4 credits). In addition, students take two or three university courses at PUCP in their major or related fields of study. Students work with a local NGO throughout the semester as part of the mandatory Peruvian Social Reality course. Available organizations focus on human rights, women's movements, ecology, homelessness and more. Opportunities are assigned according to students' interests.
This program also offers a Specialized Gender Concentration. IFSA-Butler students have the option to study on a specialized academic concentration focusing on gender issues. This is a great opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge about the subject by completing course work on gender studies at the university and by working with a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on gender issues.
In addition to the formal Spanish class, IFSA organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester or year. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Tutors are available upon request. Please meet with the IFSA resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.
All credit taken on an approved Tulane Study Abroad Program comes back as elective credit. If you are planning to petition for Spanish major or minor credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website.
IFSA encourages students to fully immerse themselves in Peruvian life by taking full advantage of cultural exchange opportunities. While studying will be an important part of the semester, equally as important is the investment that students make in engaging with their host communities. The experience of living with a host family can provide invaluable insight into Argentine society while also helping students develop language skills. At the university, students are considered fully fledged university students, with access to all of the same resources and social experiences as degree-seeking students.
IFSA arranges housing with a carefully selected host family. The program fee includes two meals a day Monday through Saturday and one meal on Sundays. The homestay is essential to the students’ learning process and integration into life in Lima. The opportunity to live with a Peruvian family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues discussed in class, and for practicing their Spanish language skills. Students can expect a more traditional environment that may call for some adjustments on their part. The opportunity to live with a family offers students a unique source of cultural learning and personal growth.
IFSA PUCP Lima, Peru
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