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 2022
*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 2022: Coming Soon!
Summer 2021: $5,675
The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.
- Application deposit
- Tuition for 6 credits and mandatory fees
- Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
- Most breakfasts, some lunches and dinners in-country
- In-country transportation
- Pre-departure orientation
- International emergency medical insurance
- Visa fees
- Some meals
- COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
- COVID-19 testing while abroad
- Personal spending
- 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.
The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)
Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit
- You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
- George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
- Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
*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.
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at MasonLed@gmu.edu to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at Military@gmu.edu.
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, 2022
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.
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.