IFSA Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership

Lima, Peru


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

5 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership

Peru is a melting pot of people, world-recognized cuisine, music and dance from Africa, Asia and Europe, combined with local indigenous populations. Want to get involved in social, economic and political issues through community service and research? Our community-based learning component gives you firsthand experience by working with NGOs.

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership Benefits

  • Study on a 100-acre campus with modern buildings, picturesque gardens and archaeological excavations
  • Take advantage of outstanding academics at one of the highest ranked universities in Latin America where you can find courses that are difficult to find in other Latin American institutions
  • Get involved in Peruvian social, economic and political issues through community service and research with major non-governmental organizations in Lima
  • Archaeology majors can work at Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Incan site from the Lima culture that dates from 0 to 700 AD and is still under exploration
  • You will work with a local NGO throughout the semester as part of the required Peruvian Social Reality course. Available organizations focus on human rights, women's movements, ecology, homelessness and more. 
  • Gender concentration allows students to really dig deeper into social issues in Peruvian society, such as the Ni Una Menos movement

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership


The IFSA program in Lima offers two program classes designed exclusively for our participants, and allows you to enroll in other courses alongside local students at the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). 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.

  • 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.

In addition to mandatory program courses, you will complete your courseload the PUCP alongside degree-seeking Peruvian students. PUCP publishes their course offerings online. Follow these steps to find courses that may be available during your semester or year abroad:

  1. Review a list of subjects offered at PUCP. 
  2. Click on the especialidad in which you are interested.
  3. Click on the link for the plan de estudios to see the course offerings. For course descriptions, click on sumillas.

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:

  1. PUCP course semester and level information.
  2. Enter the name of the course in nombre del curso.
  3. Select the appropriate term from the dropdown menu (i.e. "2018-2" corresponds to semester 2 2018) in ciclo de dictado de curso. 
  4. Click on buscar to see if the course is being offered during the indicated semester.

If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for assistance. Course availability changes every semester. Note that if you have native or near—native Spanish reading and writing skills and would like to be considered for exemption from the Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture course, please speak with your Program Advisor

Special Curriculum Options
Academic Concentration: Social Construction of Gender and Community Based Organizations 

IFSA students have the option to study in a specialized academic concentration focused on gender issues, gaining in-depth knowledge about the subject via coursework and a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on gender issues.

What the concentration has to offer:

  • A curriculum focused on the psychology, law, anthropology and culture of gender in Peru
  • Working with Peruvian women through community-based research or volunteer work
  • Combination of program courses and university courses with gender foci

Community-based research and volunteer opportunities

  • Casa de Panchita, an organization that supports domestic workers' rights
  • PROMSEX, a women's organization that lobbies for sexual and reproductive rights
  • Center for Peruvian Women Flora Tristan, a well-known feminist organization that focuses on women's rights and feminist studies
  • Students will develop a research project based on their work with an organization listed above
Course Restrictions
There are no restricted departments at PUCP for IFSA students. However, it can be hard to get into some media studies courses. The classes fill up quickly, and there are few spots for international students.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership
Accounting Advertising Ancient/Medieval History Anthropology Archaeology Architecture and Design Art History Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Business Business Law Ceramics Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Communication Science/Disorders Communications Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Dance Early Childhood Education Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History Film/Cinema Studies Finance Geography Geology Graphic Design Greek (Modern and Classical) History History/Philosophy of Science Human Rights Human and Child Development Illustration/Drawing Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Journalism Latin Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Management Materials Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Mining Engineering Music Performance Music Studies Philosophy Photography Physics Poetry Political Science Psychology Public Policy Sculpture Secondary Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Statistics Student Teaching Studio Art Telecommunications Theater/Drama Theology Urban Studies Women and Gender Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru program includes two meals Monday through Saturday and one meal on Sundays.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Danny Gibbons

Resident Director, Peru

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 12, 2018
Program End Date
December 17, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
March 10, 2019
Program End Date
July 15, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs