About the Location
Located in western South America along the Pacific Ocean, Peru borders Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador. Peru is home to more than 29 million people, some 45% of whom identify as campesino
or as a member of a native Amazonian community . Cusco, the former imperial capital of the Inca, is in the southeastern part of the country, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. The traces of the Incan Empire left in the villages make Cusco the perfect place to study indigenous peoples and globalization.
SIT Study Abroad programs are small, theme-based, and utilize an experiential, interdisciplinary curriculum. Classroom instruction and field study are incorporated into each course. Program components form a logical progression whereby students advance from a structured learning environment to a more independent one. The semester culminates in the completion of the Independent Study Project (ISP) during the final month of the program.
The Indigenous Peoples and Globalization program explores the ways in which Peru has been shaped by complex historical legacies, a multiethnic population, and profound social and economic disparities between its different ethnic groups. By examining the Quechua, native Amazon, and mestizos experiences in the Peruvian context, students learn about the issues facing indigenous peoples in relation to identity politics and globalization. Students meet with local leaders, indigenous oralists, artisans, laborers, farmers, historians, linguists, policymakers, scholars, and educators.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
View information on course offerings for the Peru, Cusco: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization program.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: Late February to early June
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar
for travel grant deadlines.
SIT offers need-based scholarships to students studying on SIT programs, including a Pell Grant Match Program
. Details are on the SIT website
. Students apply for scholarships at the time of application to SIT.
The program includes urban and rural homestays in order to expose students to different Peruvian lifestyles, perspectives, and identities. By sharing daily activities with their families, students are fully immersed within the local culture and have a unique opportunity to practice their Spanish and Quechua language skills. In Cusco, students live with host families for six weeks in one of two neighborhoods along the Avenida Cultural. Students also spend five days with a Quechua-speaking family in a rural community in Colca Canyon. Host families
provide a safe and welcoming environment, allowing students to experience the different facets of Peruvian home life firsthand. Many students consider the homestay experience to be one of the most meaningful parts of the program.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar
for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by SIT Study Abroad.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory
orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.
Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule
for the semester programs.
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