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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Restrictions: GSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
International Development and Community
Service in Peru

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
Helpful Links

Students interested in speaking with program alumni can browse our Alumni Reference Network. The Alumni Reference Network is password-protected and only accessible to GSU students. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (404) 413-2529 or for the password.
Program Description

This service-learning course explores the role of non-governmental organizations in development. We meet three times during the spring semester, and as soon as Maymester begins, we are on our way to Cusco, Peru! We work with the NGO ProPeru on a project to construct fuel-efficient stoves and water filters using low cost materials. While we work hard during the mornings and meet for class in the afternoons, there are opportunities to explore the city and surrounding archeological ruins, including a weekend trip to Machu Picchu. Students with interests in international development work or in public health and medicine will find this program an experience of a lifetime. While Spanish language skills are not required, students who speak Spanish will have ample opportunity to improve their skills.

Tentative Itinerary

We leave from Atlanta on Wednesday evening, May 2, 2017 and arrive Lima, Peru early the next morning. We take a flight to Cusco and are met by our ProPeru hosts. They will arrange all transport to our host families and to the work sites. On Wednesday, May 16, we will fly to Lima, Peru and take an overnight flight to Atlanta, arrive Thursday morning, May 17. 


There are no prerequisites for this course. The course may be taken as POLS 2401 Global Issues, or as POLS 4475 Study Abroad. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.


Students stay in groups of two with local families in the Cusco area. Every effort will be made to pair students who speak some Spanish, as most families will not speak much English.
Disability Accommodation

Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

Credits & Courses

Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course in GoSOLAR. Undergraduate students may register either for POLS 2401 (Global Issues core course) or POLS 4475. Graduate students should consult with the program director. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.  **This course counts towards completion of a certificate in Latin American and Latino studies at GSU.**


Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3550.00 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Program Cost Includes:
  • Full room and board, homestay for students
  • Round-trip airfare and excess baggage charges
  • Transportation to project sites
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Group excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Farewell Lunch
  • Tour of archaeological sites 
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
Payment Schedule: 
February 15, 2018: $300 deposit (refunded if student is not accepted into the program)
March 15, 2018: $750 payment
April 2, 2018: Program cost charged to student account
Early May 2018: $710 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt except as noted above

Funding & Scholarship Info

Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship or the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.

Application Information

Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. 

Transient Students: please see the Transient Students tab on the How to Apply page of our website. 

International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.Program Director Contact Info: 

Program Director: Dr. Laura A. Hastings
Office address: Langdale Hall 1033
Telephone: 404-413-6189


This program is currently not accepting applications.