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  • Locations: Trujillo, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Peru 2 DPT Peru 3 DPT

Program Description

This program allows students the opportunity to learn about Peruvian culture and healthcare. Over the course of six weeks, students spend half of every weekday in community hospitals (inpatient, but mostly outpatient) with Peruvian physical therapists providing direct patient care, observing with physicians and medical students, and working with healthcare providers in a pro bono setting. The remaining half days are spent in classes learning medical Spanish with native instructors in very small class settings.

This program partners with Medical Electives in Peru.
DPT 804 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective Tracks (9 credits)
Continued study in selected topic areas including the broad spectrum of primary clinical practice settings. Generally, students focus on 1 of 3 areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular rehabilitation, or research. Much of the course will be taught in a mock clinical setting with patients/clients for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular tracks, and in a laboratory-based or field work setting for research track. Topics included may vary from year to year. Emphasis will be on continued development of clinical and research skills to prepare students for today’s demanding health care environment. In lieu of continued study in 1 of 3 areas, students may request an independent study in physical therapy (including a Global Learning Opportunity). Request will be generated by the student through a faculty sponsor. Requires advanced approval (by the beginning of Year III of the DPT curriculum) of the course faculty.
  • Musculoskeletal track: Dr. Christopher 

  • Neuromuscular track: Dr. Freund

  • Pediatrics track: Dr. Paula DiBiasio

  • Research track: Dr. Vallabhajosula

About the Location

Trujillo is a friendly and colonial city, founded in 1534, and located in northern Peru. Architectural remains from pre-Hispanic civilizations can be found among the city's outskirts. Huanchaco, a beautiful coastal town, is a twenty-minute bus ride from downtown.

Dates and Deadlines

Applications open: Oct. 29, 2018
Applications close: Jan. 31, 2019


Costs for study away 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 view the budget sheet.

Travel Grants

El Centro de Español provides travel grants for airfare to Spanish-speaking countries. Contact El Centro and/or the program leader for more information.


Liability Coverage
Under the current University liability insurance policy, students will be covered by University liability insurance when participating in an approved GLO program. 


Homestays are included in the program fee. Students have their own room and are provided two meals a day with their host family.


  • Students must complete the online application and pre-departure and post-departure learning modules by the published deadline.
  • Students must remain in good academic and professional standing to qualify for participation.
  • Students on academic or professional probation are not permitted to participate. 
  • Students are required to blog from their location as part of their course related requirements.
  • All GLO students are required to present their experiences at the School of Health Sciences Annual GLO Fest.


Prior to applying, all candidates are expected to meet with the program leader.

Additional Information and Links

To view blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs, view the GLO DPT Student Blog page.

Connect with the GEC, GLO alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal and #ElonDPTGLO!

Program Leader: Dr. Paula DiBiasio
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center, Office 100D
2085 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

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Peru DPT

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/28/2019
12/31/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.