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*Davidson College - Peru
Arequipa, Peru (Outgoing )
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Housing:||Homestay, Hotels/Hostels/Guest Houses||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Spanish||Language Prerequisite:||Yes|
|Class Eligibility:||02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior|
The program is based in the provincial, colonial city of Arequipa, which sits at roughly 7,500 feet above sea level. Students spend approximately 14 weeks in Arequipa where they live with Peruvian families. Classes are held at the Universidad Católica San Pablo, a local private university where students also may participate in extracurricular activities. Dr. John Wertheimer, Professor of History, will serve as Resident Director in fall 2018. The 14 weeks of Arequipan life are bookended by several weeks of travel through the country, with other excursions throughout the semester.
Students have the freedom to choose from a selection of program-designed courses taught by San Pablo professors (intensive Spanish language courses; literature; history; Cosmovisión del Mundo Andino; etc), a course taught in English by Dr. John Wertheimer, and the full (and extensive) complement of regular university courses offered to all the university's students. Students may receive core requirement or major credits depending upon coursework chosen and completed. Students may also audit any courses taught in San Pablo University.
List of courses taken previously by Davidson students
Universidad Católica San Pablo
- Internships in Arequipa (non-credit bearing)
- Membership in the Club Internacional, (YMCA type org – cost included)
- Opportunity to hike Chachani or Misti, two snowcapped volcanoes near Arequipa
- Visit to the capital city of Lima, including to government ministries, non-profits, religious sites, and museums (cost included)
- Bus trip from Lima to Arequipa with visits to a working farm and winery and archeological sites, among others (cost included)
- Trips to Lake Titikaka, the Inka capital of Cusco, Machu Picchu including the vaunted "Inka Trail," the Peruvian Amazon and Bolivia (cost included)
Students will live with host families in Arequipa. All meals are included in the program fee. During program excursions, students will stay in hotels and all meals will be covered.
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, ‘good standing’ is defined in
this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances).
Programs are open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting. Previous study of two semesters of Spanish is recommended, but not required.
Program Director, Davidson in Peru
Professor Jane Mangan
Resident Director, Fall 2018
Professor John Wertheimer
Visa Warning: Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.
Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should schedule a consultation with International Student Adviser, Bea Cornett, to discuss their visa status.
Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the program director and the Dean Rusk Program Director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.
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