This is an exciting program for students interested in discovering Peru, the world’s most ecologically diverse country, and living in Lima, a major South American city that has something for everyone!
During your semester or year abroad you will study at the oldest private university in the country, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), founded in 1917. The beautiful 100-acre campus boasts modern facilities, beautiful gardens and even its own archaeological site! It is regarded as the top university in Peru and is ranked as one of the best 25 universities all of Latin America. With a total student population of 18,000, PUCP also hosts hundreds of international students each semester from all over the U.S. and world.
During your entire experience you will also be supported by EdOdyssey and their local staff. EdOdyssey’s program includes: a hand-matched homestay and most meals (3 meals/day during orientation, 2 meals/day during semester), 24/7 emergency health and safety support, local EdOdyssey cultural and academic advisors and staff, 3 all-inclusive excursions (the coast, the jungle & mountains - including Cusco & Machu Picchu), volunteer/internship matching, and a full month-long orientation that includes 80 hours of intensive Spanish and cultural programming and activities before your semester starts to get you ready!
The experience can be tailored for each student considering his/her interests and passions. EdOdyssey’s local, bi-lingual and bi-cultural staff is available to support students during the entire semester.
Peru is the most ecologically diverse country in the world with 84 of the 103 existing ecosystems. Lima is an amazing city (even bigger than New York) that is affordable, diverse and offers something for everyone. It really is the perfect place to break out and become a global citizen!
EdOdyssey’s Lima, Peru Program is an approved provider that works directly with George Mason’s Global Education Office.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
- A minimum of three (3) semesters of college level Spanish or the equivalent.
This program is designed for students who are interested in learning first-hand about South America and offers the possibility of choosing among a wide range of courses across a variety of degrees. Students typically take 3-4 courses, totally 12-15+ credits per semester.
The program allows you to enroll directly in classes at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) together with local students. The majority of the courses are taught in Spanish by full-time faculty. Each semester, there is also a very limited number of courses taught in English or English and Spanish.
Outside of university, this EdOdyssey program includes a Spanish Language booster during the month-long orientation that is designed specifically for Spanish-language learners.
Choosing Courses Abroad
It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. There are many courses already pre-approved by George Mason University.
Please refer to the list of undergraduate degrees
at PUCP to learn more. Click on the "Facultad"/"Especialidad" that you are interested in and then click on "Ver plan de estudio" to get an idea of course offerings. At PUCP, international students have privileges to take courses in any or multiple departments.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS)
, which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
All of our students are encouraged to do a personal project: an ongoing assignment during your time in Peru that asks students to follow a passion, reflect on your experience, and get involved locally. For many students this might be a volunteer experience or internship, but it can be anything. While optional, the Personal Project is designed to be fun, enriching and be a tangible take home from your study abroad experience that many students have found to be a valuable piece of their academic and professional portfolio. Past examples include exploring and comparing access to healthcare in Peru and the USA, taking cooking classes and developing a cookbook, volunteering at a local school, writing for a local magazine on women’s rights, surfing with students, and creating a poetry collection reflecting on the student’s time abroad.
EdOdyssey’s academic advisor is on campus and every several weeks with students to gauge progress, offer support, and ensure the success of all personal projects.
In this program students will live with hand-matched host families in Lima. The opportunity to live with a local family allows students to acquire the target language faster, deconstruct stereotypes, and creates opportunities for dialogue. It is an amazing source of cultural learning and personal growth!
Before arrival, EdOdyssey hand-matches students with a host family taking into account student preferences. EdOdyssey work exclusively with families who are enthusiastic about hosting international students, known by the EdOdyssey team and are looking forward to sharing their home, language and culture with foreign students. All of our families are screened and approved by EdOdyssey, are centrally located in safe neighborhoods, and meet our other standards and requirements. In order to allow students to fully integrate and become part of the family, students live alone or with a maximum of one other international student. All students will live in a safe home with internet access, have a comfortable bedroom and private easily access a bathroom.
Program Cost (2019-2020)
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (12-15 credits)
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Most meals (3 meals/day during orientation, 2 meals/day during semester)
- 24/7 emergency health and safety support
- Local EdOdyssey cultural and academic advisors and staff
- 3 all-inclusive excursions (the coast, the jungle & mountains - including Cusco & Machu Picchu),
- Personal Project - Volunteer/Internship matching
- Full month-long orientation that includes 80 hours of intensive Spanish and cultural programming and activities before your semester starts to get you ready!
- Some meals
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Provider Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply.
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.