Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Summer Program in lima, peru

Loyola Service-Learning Program


Program Description

The Loyola Service-Learning Program in Lima, Peru with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM) is a unique opportunity for any student that seeks an immersion experience in a Latin American country.  The program includes an intensive experiential learning component, in which students can choose from a service placement in the health, education or social service field. 

During the first week of this six-week program, students have an intensive Spanish language tutorial and cultural activities meant to prepare them for the rest of the program.  During the next five weeks, students divide their time with two days a week at their service placement and three days a week in class.  Included in the program are two overnight weekend excursions (one to Chincha, Pisco and Paracas and another to Ticlio, Tarma and San Ramon) which will expose students to the jungle, mountains, and coast of this beautiful country.

Students also have the option to participate in a post-program trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.  This UNESCO World Heritage site is described as "the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height." 

To view the program brochure, click here.


The first week is structured to give students an orientation to the program, an introduction to Lima, and an opportunity to have intensive Spanish language practice before beginning their service-learning placement during the second week of the program.  Students will participate in a not-for-credit Spanish tutorial for three hours a day during the first week of the program.  The Spanish tutorial will focus on developing conversational Spanish skills that will be of use in the service-learning placements and while living with a host family. 

During the first week, students will also travel as a group to visit historic sites/museums in Lima and various shantytowns on the outskirts of Lima.  Students will receive an orientation from UARM staff members that will include an introduction to Peruvian society and culture, security measures in Lima, and Peruvian history. 


Undergraduate students participating in this program will receive six credit hours for the two classes they take, which are outlined below.  Both classes are taught in English by faculty at the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya.

UNIV 292 International Service Learning: Urban Popular Culture, Inclusion, and Service in Peru

  • This course provides an opportunity to learn about the cultural and political practices of popular sectors that shape "barrios" (shantytowns) in Lima while participating in ongoing community-based programs.
  • Students will be at their service-learning placement 14 hours each week and will meet for a class seminar with the professor 4 hours each week to discuss academic readings and what is occurring at their placement.
  • Students will participate in a service project related to either health, social service, sustainable development, or education.
  • UARM will be responsible for arranging transportation for students from their homestays to their service-learning placements.
  • Fulfills Loyola Core Promoting Civic Engagement values area.
  • Cross-listed with INTS 292.

PLSC 300C Contemporary Peru: Politics and Society

  • This course will provide students with a basic foundation and understanding of the most relevant themes and events in regards to contemporary Peru.
  • Students will learn how social, cultural, and economic structures can shape political developments in developing countries.
  • Students will be encouraged to evaluate the academic literature and journalistic production in Peru with a critical eye.
  • Students will learn to identify and understand the most important differences and similarities between Peru and other Latin American countries. 
  • Fulfills Loyola Core Societal & Cultural knowledge area.
  • Cross-listed with INTS 398.

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed with a Peruvian host family or señora.  One to two students will be housed with each family and all students will have a private room.  Homestays will be located within easy access (by walking or public transit) to UARM.

During the week, breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family and lunch will be provided at UARM on class days and at the service placement during those days.  During the weekend, all three meals will be provided by the host family.  Students are expected to notify their host family in advance if they will not be eating at home for a provided meal and students assume all costs when they elect to eat out.  While students will be provided three meals a day for most days, there may be some instances during orientation week activities or during the weekend overnight excursions where students will be responsible for the cost of their own meals.


May 20-June 30, 2012

(Optional trip to Machu Picchu will be during the five days immediately follow the program's end, June 30 - July 4.)


Program fee of $1,500 includes:

  • Homestay with a local Peruvian family or señora
  • Three meals a day (with some exceptions)
  • Two overnight weekend excursions to Chincha-Pisco-Paracas and to Ticlio-Tarma-San Ramon
  • Group activities and excursions in Lima
  • On-site program support from UARM

Optional Machu Picchu trip fee of $950 includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Lima to Cuzco
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Tours of Lima and other historic sites
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • On-site support from UARM representative

Tuition: $3,930

Total cost of program without Machu Picchu trip (program fee and tuition): $5,430

Total cost of program with Machu Picchu trip (program fee, trip fee and tuition): $6,380

Not Included: $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs application fee, airfare (Chicago to Lima), outside travel and bus passes, other meals, travel and baggage insurance, and personal expenses.  All students will be required to purchase the Loyola CISI international health insurance separately (approximately $30/month).

Application Process

Application deadline is Monday, March 19, 2012.  Students are encouraged to apply well before the deadline as space is limited.

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

Prerequisite: All applicants must have completed SPAN 102 or the equivalent in order to participate.  OIP recommends that participating students be conversational in Spanish in order to be successful at their service placement and communicate easily with their host family.

Apply now through Loyola's quick and easy online application.

For more information, contact Amye Day in the Office for International Programs at aday1@luc.edu or 773-508-2551.