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SIT/ Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
Cuzco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Brandeis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/24/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 02/24/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Field Study Program
Program Language(s):
English, Spanish
Area of Study(s):
Anthropology, Economics, Education, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Politics, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies
Minimum Semesters of Previous Language Study Required:
Housing Options:
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Experiential Learning Opportunities:
Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:

Dragon Boat

Examine traditional and contemporary societies in Peru, home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the Americas.

This 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.  

Topics for study include:

  • Rights, advocacy, and policy
  • Community development
  • The arts, including pre-Columbian artistic expression
  • Identity-recognition
  • Impact of international corporations

Acquire a deeper understanding of the lives, cultures, and challenges of indigenous peoples. 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.

Study Spanish and Quechua in the historic city of Cusco.
The program is based in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In Cusco, students improve their Spanish and also begin learning basic Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region. Once the official language of the Inca Empire, Quechua today is spoken in Peru by nearly one million people and provides a key transnational link to the region's indigenous communities.

Experience the loss, resilience, and revitalization of the historical memory and legacy of Peru's indigenous people. Students discuss the factors directly impacting the opportunities and challenges facing indigenous communities in Peru today.

Homestays and ExcursionsHomestays with local families in urban and rural communities allow students to explore Peruvian identity from different standpoints.

Brandeis Specific Information

Application Process:

Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
  1. to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
  2. to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonaly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...

Scholarship Details:

Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
*Please note that all information is subject to change.

This program is currently not accepting applications.