Peru: Fall 2022


Due to pandemic restrictions, travel plans for all future seminars are subject to change. With a commitment to the health and safety of students and faculty, and to the communities that host our groups, we continue to monitor conditions and restrictions for travel. 

Program Details

Who am I?  
In what ways do I reflect my culture?  
How does culture shape who I am?

One of the most powerful ways to understand the relationships between identity, culture and community is to develop strong cross-cultural awareness. This program invites students to develop intercultural competency by participating in a semester long intercultural excursion to Peru.

Students will learn a great deal about the people, history & culture, language, and current health & education contexts of Peru. Some of the broad questions we will explore are: How has history influenced Peru today? For example, to what degree are Peruvians still processing the conquest of the Inca Empire by Spain? What are the repercussions of the Catholic Church’s past actions in Peru?  How does the Church influence Latin American identity today? How has colonialism influenced their history, economy, government and political systems? What is the continuing impact of the terrorist Shining Path insurgency? What is the current political and economic context of Peru? What is the state of health and education institutions in these countries?

Our learning will be accomplished through homestays, language study, field trips, regular lectures by experts, and reflections. Students will begin their study of Spanish and Peruvian culture for 6 weeks alongside field trips and other excursions in the city of Lima. Free travel time in the region will follow. Following our time in Lima we will explore Arequipa and Cuzco, two major South American cities with varied cultural histories. Students will have the opportunity to engage in work and service opportunities throughout the country. Our academic work will be centered on current and historical Peruvian experience through field trips and lectures, and service opportunities. A trip through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu will round out our experience.


Seminar Leaders: Kristopher Schmidt, Biology/Biomedicine and Celia Vasquez
Estimated Cost: $2,500 (subject to change) plus tuition, room & board
Enrollment: 15 students


  • CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science: Peru (3SH)
  • CCLNG110-322 Spanish Language (6SH) at level based on previous knowledge
  • CCHIS 316 Religion, History and Culture of Peru (CIW) (3SH)
    This interdisciplinary course will emphasize the interaction between: Catholic, Protestant  and Indigenous faith expressions; the current political and economic climate; and local music, literature, and art.
  • CCSOC 304 - Global Health and Education in Peru (3SH)


Routine 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.

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