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  • Locations: Aguas Calientes, Peru; Chiclayo, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Huaraz, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Nazca, Peru; Trujillo, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Honors, Anthropology, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Expedition Peru 2021: Exploring 14,000 Years of Archaeology and History.

Peru, Summer 2021

Andean Archaeology
The ancient cultures of Peru have long fascinated archaeologists and the public alike. The 1911 rediscovery of the Inka city of Machu Picchu ignited the imagination about Peru, and this fascination continues today.  In this study abroad program students will embark on a journey exposing them the collective technological, social, political, and economic achievements that makes Andean civilization a truly unique chapter in the story of humankind, experiencing firsthand the archaeological remains reflecting the history, cultures, art, and even beliefs systems of Andean prehistory. The itinerary will move in temporal and geographic fashion to cover and visit sites on Pacific coast to the highlands, moving from the development of early cultures to chiefdoms, states, and empires with special focus on the Chavín, Moche, Nasca, Chimú, and Inka cultures, from Huaraz to Trujillo, Chiclayo, and Cuzco.

Program Highlights

  • Embark on a journey exploring the collective technological, social, political, and economic achievements that make Andean civilization a truly unique chapter in the story of humankind.
  • Discover how the rise, fall, and regeneration of Andean societies reveals unexpected revelations about us and the course of the modern world. 


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum GPA of 2.25 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students.


6 credits

All students will be enrolled in one 3-credit online section of ANTH 396/ANTH 570. Students will choose one additional 3-credit course to complete in Peru.

Course Options

Mandatory Online Course (choose 1)
  • ANTH 396: Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences
  • ANTH 570: Andean Archaeology
Additional undergrad course options (choose 1)
  • ANTH 330: Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western
  • GLOA 480: Study Abroad
  • HIST 387: Topics in Global History (Mason Core: Global Understanding)
  • HIST 398: Historical Study Abroad
  • HNRS 240: Reading the Past
Additional graduate course options (choose 1)
  • ANTH 635
  • HIST 598

Program Dates*

Online course: Mid May - Early June
Peru: June 2021


Day 1-19 Online Course Work
Day 20 Travel Day/ Free Day
Day 21 Students arrive in Lima, Peru; Afternoon/Evening: City Tour
Day 22 Full Day: Caral; Overnight Bus to Huaraz
Day 23 Full Day: Chavin de Huantar
Day 24 Morning open; afternoon Bus to Trujillo/Huanchaco
Day 25 Pyramids at Moche (morning), Chan Chan (afternoon)
Day 26 Morning tour of Trujillo. Free afternoon. Evening bus to Chiclayo
Day 27 Ventarrón (morning); Moro de Eten (afternoon)
Day 28 Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán (morning); Museo de Sitio Huaca Rajada (afternoon)
Day 29 Museo Sicán (morning); Bosque de Pomac (afternoon)
Day 30 Túcume (morning); afternoon free
Day 31 Mórrope (Morning); Eten (night bus to Lima)
Day 32 Transit to Nasca (bus), evening free
Day 33 Museo Didactico Anontoni (morning); Cahuachi, Las Estacas, Puquio wells (afternoon)
Day 34 Nazca Line flyover (morning); bus to Lima (afternoon)
Day 35 Transit to Cuzco
Day 36 Rest and acclimatization
Day 37 City tour of Cusco incl. Qorichanca (AM); Sacsayhuaman; Qenqo (afternoon; we’d like to spend a little more time at
Sacsayhauman; last year we were rushed through this monumental site and could not even enter and explore the ruins)
Day 38 Sacred Valley tour: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo; evening train to Aguas Calientes
Day 39 Machu Picchu. We should attempt to do as close as to a full day there at the ruins as possible
Day 40 Travel back to Cuzco
Day 41 Colonial period tour – Cuzco Cathedral; churches of La Capilla de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca, San Juan
Bautista de Huaro Church, San Pedro Apostol Church
Day 42 Travel back to Lima and course wrap up; late night/early AM departures for U.S
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: Coming Soon!

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, most breakfasts, some lunches and dinners in-country, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.


Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Required Information Session:  Students are required to attend an information session before they can be accepted to the program. Information Session Schedule coming soon!

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Haagen Klaus Headshot
Name Haagen Klaus, PhD
Phone 703-993-6568

GEO Program Administrator

  Paul Locascio
Name Paul Locascio
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2021 06/22/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.