Study Spanish in Lima, Peru at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Study Abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Authentic Latin American culture and outstanding academics merge to create a study abroad experience like no other. At the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), students not only attend excellent classes taught by some of the top professors in Peru, but they can also attend international congresses and seminars, volunteer in the local community and travel to Peru's many natural wonders.
What PUCP has to offer
What is the academic structure of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú program?
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Click here to download all program course syllabi or click on the course name below for the individual syllabus.
Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This mandatory class helps participants reach and perfect competence at the advanced level in Spanish language, with an emphasis on oral and written skills on formal and informal levels. The class also emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation. Discussions and weekly essays that focus in part on Peruvian and Latin American issues will be utilized.
Peruvian Social Reality (4 U.S. semester credit hours) The purpose of this mandatory course is to help students reach a basic understanding of Peruvian social reality, identifying the major problems and conflicts, clarifying the relationship of the present situation in Peru to the most important social processes. While the course does not propose to offer a detailed analysis of specific issues, it does present the principal economic, social and political problems of the country in terms of an overall analytical perspective. The course will focus on an individual research project based on the experience of each student in an NGO, which focuses upon a specific social problem in the Peruvian context.
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.
Coursework for the concentration is a mixture of two IFSA-Butler program courses and integrated university classes. All students must take the Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture program course and the Peruvian Social Reality program course, which includes work with an NGO focused on gender and conducting a research project based on the work with the NGO. The remainder of the courses will taken at the PUCP, all with a focus on gender.
What is the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú like?
Where can I find a list of courses that Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú offers?
Please keep in mind that ciclo or nivel of a course does not indicate which semester the course is given. To determine when a course is being offered, please follow these steps:
If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for more information. Course availability changes every semester.
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
How are Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú courses different from the courses at my U.S. university?
After two years of general studies, Peruvian students go to the facultad for three to four years (depending on the program) and study for their career. There are no majors or minors at the PUCP. Those courses are in the 200s, 300s and 400s depending on the year they are given (200 level classes correspond to the first year of the facultad, 300 level courses correspond to the second year of the facultad and so forth).
IFSA-Butler students can take courses at any level. However, if a course is offered in both general studies and the facultad, IFSA-Butler students are encouraged to take the general studies course as professors in the facultad assume that students registered in the course have background knowledge in the subject.
I need to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
Please limit your request to 10 courses at a time. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to a month to obtain this information.
How will I register for courses?
While we are sure that your time abroad will be rewarding, you must be aware of some of the challenges inherent in dealing with the Peruvian educational system. The resident director will not only discuss these issues at orientation but will also be available to help you with any problems that may arise during the semester.
Keep in mind that the educational system in Peru is different from the system in the U.S. For example, universities do not usually publish course schedules until just before the start of the semester. In many cases, current course listings are not available until you arrive on site.
What if I need to take a required course?
Science and engineering courses require a high level of expertise, and students should be prepared for the increased challenge of studying these disciplines in Spanish. As these are fields in which there are generally few international students, visiting students may feel that a support system is not readily available. However, previous visiting students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú have found science and engineering course professors to be helpful.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full university course load as determined by IFSA-Butler, which is 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. The number of courses you will take depends on the individual value of the courses you select. Please be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home university or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
Due to the difference in academic systems, your exam schedule will not be available until after you register for courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú . Be sure to confirm exam dates with your professor at the beginning of the semester. You are not permitted to reschedule exams, request alternate assessment or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler will not be able to assist you in conducting an academic record appeal on the class in which you made this arrangement. Additionally, all academic obligations, including final exams, must be complete before leaving Peru.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted and grades earned at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú during your study abroad semester or year. We will also send an official transcript to your permanent home address.
What if I need academic help during the semester?
Areas of Study
On the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, you are able to take university courses in a wide range of subject areas. Most departments at all four partner universities are open to IFSA-Butler students. See the "University Courses" tab for more information on departmental and course restrictions. IFSA-Butler hopes that students will be able to take courses for their U.S. institution degree requirements in order to stay on track for graduation.
Following is a sample list of courses that previous IFSA-Butler students have taken in Lima during past semesters. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list. There are hundreds of courses in Lima from which you can choose. To see full course listings that may be available during your study abroad semester, click on the "University Courses" tab to access the online course catalog for Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Popular Subjects and Courses*
Health and Physical Education:
* All courses listed on this page were available to IFSA-Butler students during previous semesters on the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú program. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a course listed here or on the university's online course catalogs will be available or open to IFSA-Butler students during future study abroad semesters. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor if you have questions about course availability.
Social Constructions of Gender and Community Based Organizations
What the concentration has to offer
Community based research and volunteer opportunities
What are my housing options?
Study abroad is much more than academics. Learning takes place not only during class, but 24 hours a day. One of the best out-of-class experiences is the homestay, which is a vital, required component of the IFSA-Butler program. One IFSA-Butler student is placed with a carefully selected, program approved host family for the duration of the study abroad semester or year.
The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú program includes two meals Monday through Saturday and one meal on Sundays.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying in Lima
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program Ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date, let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Peru, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Visa: U.S. citizens studying in Peru can enter the country as tourists. The duration of the tourist visa can vary from one to 183 days. If the stay granted does not cover the duration of your study abroad program, the tourist visa must be changed to a student visa. The cost is subject to change but is approximately $90 every 90 days.
Meals: The PUCP program fee includes two meals Monday through Saturday and one meal on Sundays.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Latin America. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Resident Director Laura Balbuena.
All students on the PUCP program will work closely with a local non-governmental organization throughout the duration of the semester as a part of the Peruvian Social Reality program course. Students will then complete a community based research project based on the experience at the end of the semester. This experience enhances the study abroad by helping students become involved in Peruvian social, economic and political issues.
Examples of places where students may be placed include:
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.
Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru
This program takes place in three different locations—Lima and Iquitos—all of which give students a diverse perspective of Peru's culture and ecology. Students live with a host family in Lima and in a hotel in Iquitos. For more information, click here.