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*Davidson College - Peru
Arequipa, Peru (Outgoing )
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Program Terms: Fall
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Homestay, Hotels/Hostels/Guest Houses
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English, Spanish
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Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
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2021 Update: We are currently accepting applications for the Davidson in Peru program in Fall 2021. A final decision regarding whether or not the program will run will be made in late spring. Please note that travel and programmatic logistics are subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

Davidson in Peru




Program Overview
The program is based in the provincial, colonial city of Arequipa, which sits at roughly 7,500 feet above sea level. Students Arequipaspend 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 as well as at the Arequipa Centro de Integración. Dr. Matt Samson, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Latin American Studies, will serve as Resident Director in Fall 2021. The 14 weeks of Arequipan life are bookended by several weeks of travel through the country, with other excursions throughout the semester.

All students will enroll in a course taught in English by Dr. Matt Samson and will choose additional courses from direct-enroll or program-designed options from UC San Pablo and intensive Spanish language courses from ACI (e.g., literature, history, anthropology, political science, Cosmovisión del Mundo Andino, etc.). Students may receive core requirement or major credits depending upon coursework chosen and completed. Students may also audit any courses taught in Universidad Católica San Pablo.

DC in Peru - San Pablo U

Program Highlights
  • 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)
Housing and MealsPeru Group - Fall 15
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.

Admission Requirements
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.

Contact Information
Professor Jane Mangan, Program Director
Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History and Latin American Studies
Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Professor Matt Samson, Resident Director - Fall 2021
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Chair of Latin American Studies

Access Statement

The college welcomes requests for accommodations related to disability and will grant those that are determined to be reasonable and maintain the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources, which is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the E.H. Little Library. It is best to submit accommodation requests as early as possible.

Beth Bleil, Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources

Alysen Beaty, Assistant Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources

Visa Warning: Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process and must be valid for at least six months after a student's return date to the United States. Any student who also plans to study abroad in the fall in a country that requires a visa should consider the timing of that visa application process and consult with an Education Abroad Adviser. 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.

International students should check the embassy website and/or ask the program director if they will need to obtain a visa for this program. They should also meet with International Student Programs to discuss their U.S. visa status.

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.

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 program should proceed.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Program is contingent upon having a minimum number of participants.

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