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Study Abroad

Peru: Summer in Cusco

Experience Peru and the grandeur of Machu Picchu!

Summer in Cusco Program
Study Spanish, Inca culture and other topics in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes with students from all over the world. Hilton College's partner university in Peru, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), runs summer programs in the historic city of Cusco. Besides being the gateway city to the world famous Machu Picchu archaeological ruins, Cusco is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

HRM students may take up to six credit hours of elective credit during a five-week summer session (May 22-June 29 or July 3-August 10).

Choose two courses from the following:

  • Spanish (three levels are offered; will transfer as "Spanish for the Hospitality Industry") AND
  • Business in Peru & Latin America
  • History of the Inca Civilization *
  • Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru *
  • Biodiversity of Peru *
  • Inca Architecture *
  • Art & Design in Cusco *
* These courses will transfer as "International Culture & Tourism."

Housing is available at USIL's student residence, Casa de Don Ignacio, for $684 for the program duration. 

There is no limit on how many students can participate in this program.


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Must have at least one semester remaining at UH upon return from abroad
  • Must have a valid passport (if you do not have a passport, apply immediately from the U.S. Department of State)

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit an HRM Study Abroad application. The application includes submitting a résumé, essay and naming a faculty reference.
  2. Applicants will meet with Lydia Westbrook regarding their application packages to USIL.
  3. Applicants will make an appointment with the UH Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP).

Selected Applicants Agree to:

  • Apply for an International Educational Fee Scholarship (IEFS)—deadline March 1.
  • Comply with all requirements, deadlines and procedures of the UH Office of International Studies & Programs (OISP). Please note that OISP requires an additional application form and a number of documents for outgoing study abroad students.
  • Spend up to four hours assisting Hilton College with study abroad activities (i.e. promoting experience at All Students Organization Fair, giving short presentations to students about experience, greeting and assisting incoming exchange students, advising outgoing exchange students, etc.) during the semester after returning.

Expected Expenses

  • Tuition for six credit hours ($1,900-payable to USIL)
  • Airfare— round trip Houston to Lima (LIM) and Lima to Cusco (CUZ) (total approximately $1,550 as of Aug. 2012)
  • Housing— student housing available for $684 at Casa de Don Ignacio for the program duration
  • International Health Insurance valid for Peru
  • Meals (breakfast included with student housing)
  • Textbooks or materials, as specified by USIL syllabus
  • UH Office of International Studies & Programs (OISP) Administrative Fee - $150
  • Optional field trips including Machu Picchu
  • Personal expenses and incidentals

Personal preferences affect the total cost of your program. Participants should plan for the trip and budget appropriately.

Helpful Links


The mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru.

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola's summer programs in Cusco, Peru.


Director of International Programs
Laura Gonzalez