Peru: May 25 – June 15, 2011

Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire, lies nestled in the midst of the Andean mountains of Peru at an altitude of 11,000 feet. Modern day Cuzco is a dynamic mélange of the Inca/Quechua culture, colonial Spanish culture, and modern Peru. As such, this medium sized city of about 100,000 people is a veritable cross-cultural cross-roads and provides great potential as a cross-cultural learning opportunity.

Students will be expected to learn skills of cultural adaptation and empathy as well as the ability to critically reflect and analyze one’s own culture through an experiential immersion into an unfamiliar multi-cultural context. Students will live with families in Cuzco, participate in immersion learning and opportunities, and keep a journal of their reflections and learning. We will also have a short period where students will have a rural experience to contrast the urban and rural realities in Peru. During all phases, students will be expected to participate in the social and cultural milieu within which they are immersed.


Seminar Leader: Moira Rogers
Estimated Cost: $3,500 (subject to change)

Course Information

CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science 3 SH

Recommended Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for travel to Peru in the locations and times the EMU cross-cultural group will be in country.

Malaria risk in Peru: All departments <2000m except none in Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, and Tacna. Present in Puerto Maldonado. No malaria in highland tourist areas (Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca).

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.