This summer study abroad program is an archaeological field school. You will spend six-weeks in southern Peru as an integral member of an international research team, working on an archaeological site that dates to around A.D. 1000. During the work-week, you will learn by doing. You will be trained in the fundamental skills of field archaeology; mapping sites, excavation, recording archaeological contexts, and cataloging artifacts for curation. Living in the Colonial city of Moquegua, you will be immersed in southern Andean culture, shopping at local markets, eating Peruvian food, and learning about regional crafting and ritual traditions. At the weekends, you will visit villages, towns, and tourist sites in the area and learn in depth about the Moquegua region's long, rich history. A considerable portion of this program is spent outdoors, and physical fitness is important.
There may be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed,
and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance.
There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Day 1 - Arrive in Arequipa, Peru. Meet with Program staff, travel as a group to Moquegua, Dinner
Day 2 - In-country orientation. Activities include visiting the museum, the project laboratory, the market, and familiarizing students with day-to-day logistics
Day 3 to 6 - On-site field practicum
Day 7 - Lecture & Lab Day
Day 8 - Field trip to Torata Village & Camata archaeological site
Day 9 to 13 - On-site field practicum
Day 14 - Lecture & Lab Day
Day 15 - Field trip to Cerro Baúl archaeological site
Day 16 to 20 - On-site field practicum
Day 21 - Lecture & Lab Day
Day 22 - Weaving demonstration with local textile producers
Day 23 to 27 - On-site field practicum
Day 28 - 4th of July party with other archaeological crews
Day 29 - Lecture & Lab Day
Day 30 to 34 - On-site field practicum
Day 35 - Lecture & Lab Day
Day 36 - Field trip to Centro Mallqui museum and coastal town of Ilo
Day 37 to 41 - On-site field practicum
Day 42 - Depart Moquegua
You will stay in a rented house, in rooms of 2-4 students each. Meals will be eaten family style in program housing and prepared by a local cook. Your cultural immersion will be enhanced by participating in food shopping at the market and assisting our cook in preparing Peruvian dishes.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Department of Anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH 2030 ('Archaeology and Prehistory'), ANTH 4590/6590 ('Archaeological Methods) or permission of Instructor. Basic Spanish is an advantage but not required. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Individual interviews may be scheduled upon receipt of your application.
- Transient students should visit the
Transient Student 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.
Participants who successfully complete the program's courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for ANTH 4550
and graduate students should register for ANTH 6650
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,660.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Return ground transportation from Arequipa to Moquegua
- Daily ground transportation to and from archaeological site
- All meals
- Transport for weekend excursions
- Instructional materials
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport fees
- Round-trip airfare
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
February 1, 2020: $650 Deposit due with application
March 15, 2020: $650
Early April: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early May: $1,360.00 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Summer 2020
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303