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.
- 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.
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.
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)
Online course: Mid May - Early June
Peru: June 2021
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
||Online Course Work
||Travel Day/ Free Day
||Students arrive in Lima, Peru; Afternoon/Evening: City Tour
||Full Day: Caral; Overnight Bus to Huaraz
||Full Day: Chavin de Huantar
||Morning open; afternoon Bus to Trujillo/Huanchaco
||Pyramids at Moche (morning), Chan Chan (afternoon)
||Morning tour of Trujillo. Free afternoon. Evening bus to Chiclayo
||Ventarrón (morning); Moro de Eten (afternoon)
||Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán (morning); Museo de Sitio Huaca Rajada (afternoon)
||Museo Sicán (morning); Bosque de Pomac (afternoon)
||Túcume (morning); afternoon free
||Mórrope (Morning); Eten (night bus to Lima)
||Transit to Nasca (bus), evening free
||Museo Didactico Anontoni (morning); Cahuachi, Las Estacas, Puquio wells (afternoon)
||Nazca Line flyover (morning); bus to Lima (afternoon)
||Transit to Cuzco
||Rest and acclimatization
||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)
||Sacred Valley tour: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo; evening train to Aguas Calientes
||Machu Picchu. We should attempt to do as close as to a full day there at the ruins as possible
||Travel back to Cuzco
||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
||Travel back to Lima and course wrap up; late night/early AM departures for U.S
* 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.
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.
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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
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:
March 10, 2021
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.