IFSA Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership

Lima, Peru


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent
What does this mean?

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1—Extended to May 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. 

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


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

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

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.
Experiential Learning
Past students have shared that regularly volunteering enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face Peruvians on a daily basis. If you are interested in volunteering during your semester abroad, we encourage you to attend the informational session during orientation to learn about the available opportunities. Below are examples of how you could help the local community during your time abroad:
  • Assist afflicted groups such as domestic workers, women and children, through a variety of activities in impoverished sections of Lima
  • Support the Children’s Hospital of Lima with providing recreational activities and events for families of long-term hospitalized children
  • Play an active role within the world of education and community building by assisting local schools with initiatives on a wide variety of topics or by helping Fulbright or EducationUSA in developing presentations on the U.S. higher education system
  • Participate in one of the longest running archaeological excavations in Lima, a 1500 year old site in the middle of the city, either through excavation efforts or cataloging information already discovered on site
  • Utilize event planning skills by organizing environmental awareness initiatives at Católica University
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects 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 Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Ancient History Anthropology Archaeology Architecture and Design Art Education Art History Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Business Business Law Ceramics Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Communication Science/Disorders Communications Community Studies Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Dance Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education Engineering, General English Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History Film Production Film/Cinema Studies Finance Fine Arts Foreign Language, Other Geography Geology Graphic Design Greek (Modern and Classical) Health Studies Historic Preservation and Conservation History 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 American Studies Law/Legal Studies Linguistics Literature Management Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Meteorology Mining Engineering Music Music Composition Music Performance Natural Resource Management Nutrition/Food Science Peace/Conflict Studies Philosophy Philosophy of Science Photography Physics Poetry Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Sculpture Secondary Education Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Statistics Student Teaching Studio Art Sustainability Studies 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

Resident Director

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Danny Gibbons

Resident Director, Peru

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 9, 2020
Program End Date
December 13, 2020

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

Academic Year 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 9, 2020
Program End Date
July 11, 2021

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.
Supplemental Fees
This program may have supplemental fees. Please check with your IFSA Program Advisor.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
Please check with your IFSA Program Advisor for personal costs.