Culture and Communication in Peru: From Ancient Incas to Modern Urban Organizations (Communication and Information)

June 12-July 3, 2015

Lima, Peru
Program Overview
This 3 week course, Understanding Workplace Communication in a Diverse and Globalized World, will be a mixture of classroom and hands-on experience in facilitating students’ understanding of Peruvian culture and the global workplace. The format will include a 2-day “survival Spanish” course taught in Lima and course and field work with Professor Real and distinguished Peruvians as guest speakers covering topics related to communication in global organizations as well as site visits to organizations. In addition, hands-on service learning components will provide students with first-hand knowledge of life in Lima as well as Peruvian workplaces. Students will also be able to experience the differences between the culture and language in both Lima (on the Pacific Ocean) and Cusco (high in the Andes Mountains). Finally, students will visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Machu Picchu, according to UNESCO, “is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization.” It is recognized as a World Heritage site and is a spectacular archaeological monument to the lost Inca way of life.

Visit Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and historic Cusco high in the Andes Mountains
Study and live in Lima, known for its interesting museums, colonial churches, vibrant cafe scenes, striking architecture and long white beaches along the Pacific Ocean
Volunteer with local organizations that help people in need in Peru

This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

Academic Credit
machupicchuUK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program’s international travel.

  • Undergraduates will enroll in COM 315: Understanding Workplace Communication in a Diverse and Globalized World (3 credit hours)
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)

Housing & Meals
While in Lima students will reside with host families. In both Cusco and Sacred Valley students will be housed in centrally-located hotels. In Lima, students will receive three meals per day from their host families as well as laundry service once each week. While in hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, breakfast will be provided each day, but students will be responsible for all other meals on their own. There will also be a total of five group meals or boxed lunches provided by ISA throughout the program.

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be “stacked” together to help fund education abroad.

  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship – a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

cuscoSupplemental Materials
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the “Fees and Policies” information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Peruvian Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc.

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall – Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.

Dr. Real, faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Real will be directing the program.

Ms. Elizabeth Kociolek, EA Advisor,