Jess Swanson, CC"17

Ruins in Peru

IFSA in Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Peru

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Better understand Peruvian Society and History as well as the Spanish language while studying in Peru.

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


The IFSA in Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) de Peru in Lima is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year. In order to participate, you need to complete through Intermediate Spanish II, or the equivalent, prior to departure. Lima is a ocean-side capital city of more than 8 million people. It is an important South American economic and cultural center, and is known throughout the region for its rich history, beautiful setting, arts and cuisine. During the semester, you attend one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America (PUC), engage in community service, a wide variety of course work, have an immersive homestay experience while improving your Spanish language abilities.

Academic Program

The program offers a combination of direct enrollment classes at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Peru (PUC), Spanish language courses, as well as a core course on contemporary Peruvian Society and History. The PUC is known for having a wide variety of courses available to students.

Program Features

While in Peru, students live with host families. IFSA only places one student per family to ensure that they are able to better integrate with the family. Typically, students live with host families in San Isidro and the Miraflores neighborhoods. During your time abroad, you are encouraged to get involved in community service to learn the most you can about local Peruvian society and issues. The program takes students on several excursions which in the past have included Maccu Picchu, Caral and Pachacamac.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Latin America and the Caribbean
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021