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UF in Cusco - Experiential Learning for Health Professions
Cusco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 02/12/2018 02/16/2018 05/13/2018 06/23/2018
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement:
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Advisor: Brian Henry
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: Service Learning, UF Sponsored
Field of Study: Health Studies
Program Description:

UF in Cusco

Experiential Learning for Health Professions
Summer A: May 13 - June 23, 2018

Plaza Armas Cuzco

About the Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Department of Biology invite you to participate in an experience that will expand your linguistic and cultural fluency through language study and health-related community service.  Based on Spanish-language level, students will be placed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and/or with dentists.  On this program, students will have the opportunity to improve their command of Spanish, compare health systems, learn about diseases, and explore the cultures of South America.  UF in Cusco is organized in conjunction with International Studies Abroad (ISA).

About the Location

Situated high in the Andes Mountains in Southeastern Peru, Cusco stands tall as the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. The nearby Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu has long been one of the most inspirational destinations for countless travelers. Spaniards first arrived to Peru in the 1530s, with conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Due to heavy Spanish influence for many decades, much of the architecture in present-day Cusco is a mix of Inca and Spanish design.

Today, Cusco is one of the must see destinations in South America, due to the preservation of its culture displayed in amazing archaeological sites, architecture, and colorful Peruvian dress. Many Cusqueños still wear traditional clothing like polleras (long, colorful skirts), play zampoñas (pan flutes), and raise llamas. In addition, the exquisite Andean cuisine provides Peruvians and foreigners alike with innovative dishes. Prepare yourself to be enamored with both culture and a constant breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley as you study abroad in Cusco.


Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley (2 nights): the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. The Incas started building the estate around 1400 AD but it was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Located just below Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley tour explores the fortress of Ollantaytambo and the ruins of Pisac. Students will visit a llama and alpaca petting zoo and wander through the impressive Chincheros market. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley provides wonderful views of the area.

Puno and Lake Titicaca (1 night): This excursion will take students to visit the “Capital folklórica del Perú” of Puno and its native residents, the Aymara. There they will encounter an abundance of beautiful crafts, fine fabrics in alpaca wool, and the archaeological remains of Pre-Hispanic cultures that harbor jewels of the architecture and colonial art of the Spanish conquest of the Paraguay and of the Mojos. From there they will continue on to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, traveling beside the snowy mountain range of the Cordillera Real of Bolivia. They will spend a night with the Aymara families who live over floating artificial islands of Lake Titicaca, where many ancestral customs still exist.


Students will be able to experience the unique culture of Cusco by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, students will observe and experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors.

Course Information

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
The Department of Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Courses are taught by UF Faculty

SPN 3948: Spanish Service Learning
Taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: At least one course at SPN 2000 level or equivalent

ZOO 4956: Emerging Disease in the Americas
Taught in English
Prerequisite: BSC 2011 and 2011L or equivalent

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6


  • open to all majors
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • students in good standing

Machu Picchu

Program Highlights:
  • ISA Orientation and tour of Cuzco
  • Welcome dinner on first night of arrival
  • Cooking class, where students learn to prepare traditional Peruvian food and drink
  • Quechua class will teach stduents basic expressions for communicating in the Quechua language
  • A local expert will provide a guest lecture on the Peruvian healthcare system
  • Visit to an alternative medicine practioner in Cuzco, to allow students to compare and contrast traditional and modern remedies, as well as their coexistence
  • Visit to Awana Kancha, a museum showcasing traditional weaving and textile practices combined with an alpaca/vicuña farm and artisan gift shop
  • Farewell dinner
cuzco vendors

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

2018 Pricing

Undergraduate Program Fee: $5,694

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses.

What's Included:

Tuition for 6 UF GPA credits, transportation to and from Cusco (CUZ) airport, on-site orientation, group welcome and farewell dinners, placements to accommodate at least 42 hours of service-learning in the community, homestays that include three meals daily and laundry weekly, excursions and other local outings, guided tours and entrance fees, health insurance, and medical emergency assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, course materials, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.


UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Brian Henry

Program Directors
Gillian Lord, Ph.D.

Marta Wayne, Ph.D.