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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Tourism
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Surveying Cultural Heritage Tourism

Peru, Summer 2022

Peru Cultural Heritage

Program Overview

Cultural heritage tourism is believed to have been in existence as early as the 15th century (Timothy, 2011), and describes tourism-related travel that focuses on the cultural heritage of a destination. Cultural heritage covers the tangible aspects of culture, such as castles and monuments, and the intangible aspects, which includes, food and music.

Within the tourism industry, cultural heritage tourism is arguably one of its largest categories, and covers a wide spectrum of tourists, ranging from those for whom the cultural heritage of a destination is the main draw, to those for whom it is an afterthought, once they are in the destination. Even though the tourism industry has been significantly impacted by the global pandemic, it has also shown its resilience as it works on bouncing back. Cultural heritage tourism will no doubt play an important role in this.

Peru with its 100,000 archaeological sites, 47 languages, and diverse population provides a great opportunity for students through this program to experience amazing aspects of its culture, including some of its more notable icons, such as Machu Picchu.

Program Highlights: 

  • Experience a well-curated guided tour led by a Mason professor of cultural heritage tourism, and in-country experts.
  • Visit key locations that showcase Peru’s outstanding cultural heritage.
  • Interact with residents who are the guardians of the cultural heritage.
  • Engage in conversations about the opportunities for, and challenges of, cultural heritage tourism in Peru.
  • Enjoy amazing Peruvian cuisine, including a cooking class, and entertainment. 


All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.

6 credits

Course Options

Undergraduate credits:

  • TOUR 311
  • TOUR 352
  • CULT 390

Program Dates: 

Summer 2022: July 3 - July 15, 2022

Tentative Itinerary 

Tentative Schedule for Study Trip in Peru:
  ➔         Day 0 - Flight from US to Peru (July 3rd)
  ➔         Day 1 - The Peruvian historical context and Centro de Lima (July 4th)
Active Hours: 10 Hours
  • Brief presentation of Peruvian history.
  • Centro de Lima: Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Iglesia San Francisco and Catacombs.
  • Parque de las Aguas
  ➔         Day 2 - Miraflores by ourselves (July 5th)
Active Hours: 8 Hours
  • Parque Kennedy, Larco, Larcomar, Malecón, Parque del Amor
  • Lecture (Marketing the Past)
  ➔         Day 3 - Chorrillos y Villa El Salvador (July 6th)
Active Hours: 7 Hours
  • Salto del Fraile, Cristo del Pacífico, Morro Solar
  • Villa El Salvador, local market y local Medical Centre
  ➔         Day 4 - Ica (July 7th)
Active Hours: 8 Hours
  • Trip to Ica
  • Visiting South America’s oldest vineyard: Tacama
  • Lecture (Raising Revenue and Managing Visitors)
  • Free Afternoon
  ➔         Day 5 - Huacachina and women in tourism (July 8th)
Active Hours: 10 Hours
  • Patty’s story in tourism - Ica and beyond
  • Chris’ history working in tourism - Huacachina
  • Buggy y BBQ in the middle of Huacachina’s desert
  ➔         Day 6 - El Carmen (July 9th)
Active Hours: 10 Hours
  • Hacienda San José and Combs / History of slavery in Peru
  • Familia Ballumbrosio: Rebirth and empowerment of the African-Peruvian community in Peru
  • Return to Lima
  ➔         Day 7 - Lima: The day is yours! (July 10th)
  ➔         Day 8 - Cusco: Capital del Imperio Inca (July 11th)
Active Hours: 11 Hours
  • Qoricancha
  • Sacsayhuamán
  • Tambomachay
  • Cusco Downtown y Plaza de Armas (Main Square)
  • Cathedral
  ➔         Day 9 - A day in the Amaru Community (July 12th)
Active Hours: 8 Hours
  • Amaru - time in community
  • Pisac Market
  • Species preservation and care-center (meet alpacas, llamas, vicuñas!)
  ➔         Day 10 - Full day Machu Picchu (July 13th)
  ➔         Day 11 - Bye bye, Cusco & Peruvian Gastronomy (July 14th)
Active Hours: 8 Hours
  • Peruvian cooking lesson with Urban Kitchen
  ➔         Day 12 - Jicamarca Community: Corazón de Jesús School (July 15th)
Active Hours: 10 Hours
  • Goodbye dinner
  • Transfer to the airport

 * 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 2022: 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. 
  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 6 credits and mandatory fees
  • Accommodations
  • Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
  • In-country transportation
  • Pre-departure orientation 
  • International emergency medical insurance.

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport
  • Visa fees
  • Most meals
  • Personal spending
  • Covid testing
  • Vaccinations
  • 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:
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.
Note: 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.

Financial Aid
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

After acceptance:
* 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:

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 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

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


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.Application requirements:* 

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 Directors


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Abena Aidoo, PhD

GEO Program Administrator

Allie Wallace (she/her)
Phone 703-993-3082

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2022 07/15/2022

** 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.