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Davidson College - Peru
Arequipa, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Financial Information Fall
Fact Sheet:
Program Housing:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Prerequisite:
Yes Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
Program Description:

Davidson in Peru



Program Overview
ArequipaThe 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. Professor Jane Mangan, Chair of Latin American Studies and a member of the department of History, will serve as Resident Director in fall 2015. 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 by Jane Mangan, 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.

Program Highlights
  • Internships in Arequipa (non-credit bearing)
  • Mid-semester trip to Bolivia (cost included)
  • 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)
Housing and Meals
Students will live with host families in Arequipa. All meals are included in the program fee. During excursions, students will stay in hotels and will receive stipends for meals.

Admission Requirements
This program is open to Davidson and non-Davidson students. It will appeal to those interested in Latin American or Peruvian culture, history, politics, and literature. It also will appeal to students interested in social justice, the environment, and human rights. We recommend that students have completed the equivalent of two semesters of college-level Spanish. Pre-semester intensive language training in Arequipa is available for students who need additional Spanish study before beginning the program (financial support provided). 

Contact Information
Professor Jane Mangan
Phone:  704-894-2878

Visa Warning: Passports 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 Advisor, Jennifer Glass, 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 his decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.

Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.

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