Discover the Andean World

This program is designed to provide students a chance to fulfill Spanish language requirements at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels, during the summer.  Students have the choice of going for three, six, nine, or twelve weeks, and students may choose one of the three satellite campuses, which are located in Cusco, Peru, Quito, Ecuador, and Sucre, Bolivia for a corresponding number of credit hours.

Fast Facts

Program Type:Summer/Host-institution
Term/Duration:Summer: 3, 6, 9, or 12
Credits:3, 6, 9, or 12
Summer 2016 Dates:

Session I: May 21 - June 11, 2016

Session II: June 11 - July 2, 2016

Session III: July 2 - July 23, 2016

Session IV: July 23 - August 13, 2016

Application Fee:$20
Program Fee:Depends on Duration of Stay, see cost details
Tuition:Depends on Duration of Stay, see cost details
Application Deadline:March 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.

Summer Program Options:

  • Three weeks, 3 credit hours
  • Six weeks, 6 credit hours
  • Nine weeks, 9 credit hours
  • Twelve weeks, 12 credit hours

Spanish Courses Offered:

  • Beginning Spanish (the equivalent to SUNY Geneseo's SPAN 101, 102)
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 201, 202)
  • Advanced Grammar (SPAN 316, 318)
  • Spanish for Business and Commerce (SPAN 335)
  • Survey of Hispanic American Literature
  • Literatures of Hispanic America
  • Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • Indigenous Cultures Studies
  • Internships

Cultural Excursions

Program participants will enjoy a number of cultural excursions included in the cost of their program.  The excursions will 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.

Cultural Excursions Included:

  • Machu Picchu: An icon of Ancient Incan civilization, Machu Picchu (meaning "Old Peak" in Quechua) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Students will enjoy a one-day excursion.
  • Saqsayhuaman: The former capital of the Inca Empire, this walled complex on the norther outskirts of Cusco is one of four ruins to be explored.
  • Sacred Valley: The heartland of the Incan Empire, this valley carved by Urubamba River was the site of much maize cultivation. 
  • Cusco city walking tour: Explore the city of Cusco with an Academia staff member to understand the city's robust history and unique architecture.