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Spanish LSA+ Cuzco
Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru (Outgoing w/Side Trips Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Dartmouth applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Language of Country: Spanish Target Language: Spanish
Lodging Options: Homestay
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Program Description:

Program Overview

CuzcoThe LSA+ will be hosted in Cuzco by Centro Tinku, whose name means “encounter” in Quechua. It is an internationally known institution for study abroad, with academic associations with such US institutions as Harvard, Ohio State University, Tufts University, and the University of Washington. It is directed by prominent Belgian anthropologist Jean-Jacques Decoster and housed in a large colonial building with classrooms, a central patio, and a small restaurant - located in a traditional part of Cuzco behind the city’s main cathedral. Tinku will provide two of the program faculty and the instructional space. It will also organize planned excursions to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. The program will end in Lima with a week-long workshop with renowned theater collective Yuyachkani whose performances are inspired by Andean culture and human rights.

In order to familiarize students with the program, we will conduct two orientation meetings in spring, the term prior to the beginning of the program, in which Tinku and Yuyachkani material will be distributed and discussed (“Pre-departure PERU").

Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire, is today a thriving metropolis of around 500,000 inhabitants and characterized by its distinctive mestizo culture and majestic architecture. Spanish colonial monuments erected on the base of partially dismantled Inca buildings dominate the city. It has spawned the Cuzco School of painting during colonial times, the Cuzco School of Photography at the turn of the century, and more recently the influential Cuzco School of Cinema. Overlooking the city is the colossal religious center of Sacsayhuaman, and within a few hours train ride to the rainforest the citadel of Machu Picchu—declared in 2007 one of the seven wonders of the world and, as such, drawing increasing global attention. Lima, on the other hand, is a major metropolis. The city was known as the City of Kings during the colonial era and still boasts magnificent colonial architecture and today the high rises and sprawl as well as attractions of any modern Latin American urban center.

Peru offers not only the attraction of a millenary indigenous and thriving mestizo cultures, but also the security of a well-established democracy and significant social and economic improvement.


Faculty Director
2016 Fall:  Professor Raul Bueno
2017 Fall:  Professor Rodolfo Franconi

The Language Study Abroad Plus (LSA+) Program in Cuzco (or Cusco), Peru, will begin Fall 2015.  The LSA+ will be led by tenured and tenure-track faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Students will enroll in three 9-week courses including,

SPAN 20 "Writing and Reading: A Cultural Approach",
SPAN 21 "Traditional and Contemporary Andean Cosmogonies and Cultural Production: A Historical Approach", and
SPAN 32 "Introduction to Hispanic Studies: 20th and 21st Centuries".

SPAN 9 “Culture and Conversation: Advanced Spanish Language”    OR
SPAN 15 with a minimum grade of B, OR
been exempted from SPAN 9 or SPAN 15.

Student Life

Students will homestay in family houses for the entire term.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees
The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. A budget sheet for this program will soon be available via this web page. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid
In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.

This program is currently not accepting applications.