Summer Study Abroad in Peru
5-week Summer Program
Dates: June 2025
Cusco, Machu Picchu-Huaynapicchu, Lampa, Lima, Paucartambo, Puno-Lake Titicaca, Tikonata-Sillustani, and Valle Sagrado


 Meet the people. Use the language. Live the Experience!

There is no better way to know the culture of Perú than to visit the places that made Perú famous. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invite you to be a part of the university’s 2025 Summer Study Abroad Program. Learn about history, culture and language while earning up to nine college credits.

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Summer in Peru will be offered in the Summer of 2025

Students interested in studying abroad during the summer, can check the Summer in Spain 2024 webpage or contact Jerlene Rodriguez for more information on Summer in Peru 2025.


The Program

  • Earn 9 credits studying the Spanish language in Peru, enough to complete half of the Spanish minor
  • Take part in a service-learning experience helping disadvantaged children in Cuzco as you work in a hospital or local orphanages
  • Explore the cultural heritage of Peru from the peaks of Macchu Pichu to the mysterious Nazca lines
  • Raritan River Review: Click here to read the article about Study Abroad in Peru


Your Host City: Cuzco

"Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city." -UNESCO



Summer Study in Cusco, Peru: Spanish language and culture, community service, and indigenous cultures.

Have you completed at least a year of college Spanish? 

Apply for Rutgers Summer Study Abroad in Peru, and earn 9 Rutgers credits, or half of a Spanish minor!

  • 2 language/culture courses  (6 credits)
  • 1 Independent Study (2 credits)
  • Community Service (1 credit)
  • Courses on Quechua language are available, too.

These are the courses available towards the Major or Minor:

Intermediate Spanish I and II, Spanish Culture I and II, Conversation and Composition, Advanced Grammar and Composition, Literature and Culture of Spanish America, Civilization of Spanish America, Topics in Hispanics Linguistics, and Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture.

The 2-credit Independent Study results in a research project related to your Peruvian experience (courses, volunteering, and excursions).

Give your Heart! Volunteer.

Serve the Cusco community working with disadvantaged children. Pre-med, nursing and pharmacy students may work in a local hospital. Complete a one-credit Service Learning Internship by volunteering 10 hours a week (40 hours total) at the local hospital for children with disabilities, a nearby  orphanage, or in the hospital.  Support the staff with the daily care of the children or by assisting with important auxiliary activities.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please click here.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

  • Successful completion of SPAN132: Intermediate Spanish prior to departing for the program.
  • Students who have had previous experience or are Native Speakers, will need to take a placement exam and at least one semester of Spanish before studying abroad.
  • Before traveling abroad, all Spanish majors and minors are required to meet with the undergraduate director for the pre-evaluation of courses once accepted into the program.
  • Non-Rutgers students and students who are not Spanish minors or majors will need to take a placement exam and meet with the acting undergraduate director, Dr. Damaris OteroTorres.
  • *Spanish Minors must take a 300 and/or 400-level course at Rutgers before or after studying abroad.
  • *Spanish Majors must take two 400-level courses at Rutgers before or after studying abroad.



Visit the Inca archeological sites around Cuzco, romp with the masked dancers of  Paucartambo, climb Macchu Pichu, navigate the waters of Lake Titicaca, spend a night with villagers on an island and taste the amazing flavors of Peruvian cuisine. All excursions are mandatory.

Accommodations and Meals

While in Cusco you will be accommodated during the first week at a comfortable and conveniently located Hostel Atlantis. The hostel is a ten-minute taxi ride from the language school and the a five-minute ride from ancient Plaza de Armas, the center of the Inca Empire. Hostel rooms are based on double occupancy each with a private bathroom and free wifi.

Family Stay: During the last three weeks in Cusco students will live with selected local families, the perfect opportunity to practice Spanish and have an in-depth experience with local culture.  Students will be paired and will share a room.


Financial Information

Program Cost: Estimated for 2025. 

NJ Residents (TBA):

Non-NJ Residents  (TBA):



 (*Prices are tentative and are subject to change.)





Program Administration

HTH Health Insurance


Most Meals



Travel to/from Peru

Major Medical Insurance

All Personal Expenses

 *Students may apply their financial aid to the cost of the program



Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  Please visit the Scholarships section for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for Study Abroad programs through the Financial Aid Department directly. For more information on how to apply for financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website at:

Summer Financial Aid is available, but funding is limited.  Summer aid online applications will be available in Spring 2023.  In order to apply for summer financial aid students must apply, be accepted into the program, and registered for courses after meeting with Dr. Otero-Torres.


Questions about Summer Study in Peru? Please email Jerlene Rodriguez @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.