academia latinoamericana de EspaÑol
Cuzco, Peru
Quito, Ecuador
Sucre, Bolivia

Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol maintains campuses in Cuzco, Peru, Quito, Ecuador, and Sucre, Bolivia.  Students may choose to study at any one of the satellite campuses.  The courses offered and the instruction received is consistent from campus to campus.  This program is designed to provide students the opportunity to fulfill Spanish language requirements at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels.

Fast Facts

Program Type:Semester Study Abroad
Term/Duration:Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Fall 2016 Program Dates:Arrive Abroad: August 20, 2016
Classes Begin:  August 22, 2016
Classes End:  December 16, 2016
Depart Abroad:  December 17, 2016
Two weeks of break to be scheduled in the given dates.
Spring 2017 Program Dates:Arrive Abroad: January 7, 2017
Classes Begin: January 9, 2017
Classes End: May 5, 2017
Depart Abroad: May 6, 2017
Two weeks of break to be scheduled in the given dates.
Supplemental Application Process:Yes
Application Fee:$20
Program Fee:See Cost Sheet (link at right)
Fall/Academic Year Application Deadline:March 1
Spring Application Deadline:October 1


The Program

This program was designed to provide students seeking to fulfill Spanish language requirements at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels the experience of studying the language, and Hispanic cultures and literatures in one of the most ethnically, historically and naturally rich regions of the world.  The program is offered during the spring or fall semesters for 16 weeks, 15 credit hours.

Course Offerings:

  • Beginning Spanish (the equivalent to SUNY Geneseo's SPAN 101, 102)
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 201, 202)
  • Advanced Grammar (SPAN 316, 318)
  • Survey of Hispanic American Literature
  • Literatures of Hispanic America
  • Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • Indigenous Cultures Studies
  • Internships

Anthropology courses in English are also offered when demand and enrollment are sufficient.

Cultural Field Trips

Program participants receive two field trips that complement the academic component of the program and enrich their experience of the culture of Perú, the Andean regions and the Hispanic world.  These outings highlight different elements of the region, including its topography, pre-Columbian heritage, colonial past, religious tradition, arts and folklore.

Field Trips Offered:

  • Qorikancha, which means 'golden courtyard' in Quechua, a fortress-temple once covered in gold which was dedicated to the Inca sun god Inti, and Saqsahuayman.
  • Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in Quechua) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Sacred Valley


Students reside with Cuzco families carefully selected to match the participants' housing needs.  Living with local families ensures full immersion in the Peruvian culture and the opportunity to further develop Spanish language skills.