Join professor Enrique Cortez in Cusco, Perú, to study Spanish and Andean Culture in context. Live with a local family, learn Quechua, practice ancient weaving techniques, appreciate Inca architecture and colonial art, study Andean non-alphabetic systems of writing, explore traditional markets, and witness the blending of past and present in the Andes.
Cusco, Perú, the former capital of the Inca Empire, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and the gateway city to the Andes, from where you can easily visit countless sites such as the famous Machu Picchu (included in our program), one of the most fascinating lost cities in the world.
This course will provide a critical overview of the history, civilization and culture of Latin America, focusing on the current events occurring in each of the Latin American sub-regions such as transition to Democracy, authoritarian regimes, multiculturalism, social movements, gender and race inequality, and transnational traffic of illegal drugs, among others. It will include lectures, audios, visuals, and readings on selected topics of Latin American civilization and its cultural heritage. Students will develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin America´s geography, economics, politics, arts, and society. Taking advantage of the location of this class (Cuzco, Perú), students will also study and discuss the impact of global phenomena such as migrations and diaspora in the process of finding cultural, racial, and personal identities in Latin American societies.
|Education Abroad Advisor
||Make an appointment with Rachel Landers at any time!
||Watch Ed Abroad 101
||Enrique Cortez, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Spanish
||Three weeks in Summer 2021
|Areas of Study
||This course is especially applicable for Spanish Majors and Minors
|Required Pre-Departure Meetings
||Yes, exact time and date TBD
|Course & Credit
||SPAN 331: Latin American Culture & Civilization (4 credits)
SPAN 410: Non-Alphabetic Writing & Representation in the Andean World (4 credits)
|Language of Instruction
||Spanish and English
|Host Country Language
|Class Standing Eligibility
- Open to Non-PSU Students
|Minimum GPA Requirements
||8 credits of Span 301, 302, or 303
|Application Process (PSU Students)
- $50 Application Fee
- Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
- 2 short essays
- 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
- This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments.
- This cannot be submitted by the program leader
- These must be Professional or Academic in nature
|PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
- 8 credits
- Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- In-Country Transportation
- Education Abroad service fee
- International Health Insurance
- 24/7 on-site support
|ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDES
- International round-trip airfare (estimated at $900)
- Additional meals (estimated at $60)
- Personal spending money (estimated at $300)
- Immunizations (estimated at $100)
- Passport or visa
- US Passport holders do not require a visa to participate in this program
- US Passport holders must have a passport valid for six months beyond their return date
*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.
*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.