The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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The IFSA in Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) del Peru Partnership is a supported enrollment program in Lima. Attend one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, and live in Lima, an ocean-side capital city of more than 8 million people that is known throughout the region for its rich history, beautiful setting, arts and cuisine. In order to participate, you need to complete 4 semesters of Spanish, or the equivalent, prior to departure.

Academic Program

The program offers a combination of coursework at the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUC) alongside local students and IFSA classes designed exclusively for the program participants. PUC is known for having a wide variety of courses such as Architecture, Engineering, Sociology, History, Psychology, and more.

Program Features

You will have the opportunity to live in a homestay. IFSA only places one student per family to maximum cultural and language integration.

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 Machu 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.