Jess Swanson, CC'17

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SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Language of Instruction: Quechua, Spanish
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Explore the topics of indigenous peoples and globalization during a semester in Peru.

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The SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization program allows you to explore the social, economic, political, and cultural impacts of globalization on indigenous peoples in Peru.

Based in Cuzco, you actively engage with these traditions through intensive Quechua language study and encounters with indigenous oralists, literary specialists, authors, artists, and artisans. You also explore urban painting, architecture, regional literature, and contemporary theater as well. In addition, you have the chance to experience living in a rural homestay with a Quechua-speaking family to increase opportunities for cultural analysis.

Though the coursework is primarily conducted in Spanish, you have the opportunity to learn Quechua as well. In order to participate, you need to complete through Intermediate Spanish I, or the equivalent, prior to departure.


You enroll in various courses that relate to the following topics: the history of Peruvian indigenous cultures, Quechua, Spanish, research methods and ethics as well as complete an independent study project (ISP). The ISP affords you the unique opportunity to apply your learning from the semester to an independent field based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

SIT firmly believes in learning by experiencing and with this in mind, has developed several educational excursions for the program. You visit a number of locations which could include the Sacred Valley, Peruvian Amazon and Colca Valley.

Because of the mobile nature of the trip, you are housed in a variety of different accommodations including homestay, hostels, private homes, small hotels and shelters in the Amazon.


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
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)
Multiple locations,
Latin America and the Caribbean
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

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