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Standard Program Dates and Fees
  • FALL 2020  
  • Dates:  9/20/2020 to 12/12/2020

  • In-Country Fee:  $16,746

  • On-Line Fee: $8,196

  • Credits Earned  12-15

  • Application Deadline:  August 20, 2020

  • Dates:  1/17/2021 to 4/04/2021

  • In-Country Fee:  $16,746

  • On-Line Fee: $8,196

  • Credits Earned:  12-15

  • Application Deadline:  Dec. 1, 2020

  • SUMMER 2021 
  • Dates: 6/27/21 to 7/24/21
  • In-Country Fee:  $6,400 
  • On-Line Fee: TBD

  • Credits Earned:  6
  • Application Deadline: May 28, 2021
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an abroad program when travel opens again (and it will!) or virtual classes taught by local professors and virtual service projects! 

I was really scared to go aboard on an entire semester but I have faced my fear and met some cool friends and feel very comfortable. And I don’t feel alone at all!”

Leslie Fall 2017 Cusco


Meet the IPSL Program Director

Mr. Franko Febres


Frank Febres has been welcoming people to Cusco, his hometown, for two decades through his Cultural Immersion Organization. He and his team love to show students the “real” Cusco, Peru! Franko received a degree from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco in Tourism management and Business and this has given him a solid foundation with which to support the IPSL student’s in their cultural and service immersion program. The most favorite part of his work is showing off “his” culture and beautiful country while working to make each person’s experience logistically seamless.  Of course, there are the can’t miss aspects of being Cusco which is a trip to Machu Picchu, but besides that, Franko recommends slowing down, enjoying meeting the people and eating the wonderful cuisine. Even being adventurous and trying a bit of CUY! Franko obviously loves to travel and he has a family with two young girls who no doubt will grow up with the travel bug as well! To Franko, the most important thing in life is to take the time with his family and when you experience Cusco, he will enthusiastically welcome you to the “IPSL family”.


There is a clear and pressing need to engage with our world in an ACTIVE way. The world needs young leaders to fight for social justice and equal rights. Are you up for the challenge? Then be part of COSA™ - the only study abroad program working to create sustainable change though advocacy!


COSA - Community Organizing and Social Activism

Learn the practical skills to be an active agent of change and social justice. Study the many international efforts in history, learn from these efforts and use them to develop a personal ethic of service, advocacy and civic engagement. COSA will teach you the skills of community organizing and will empower you to create sustainable change in your own communities. 


Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad

This unique IPSL program has been developed to build an on-going commitment to the Cusco community through a variety of service-learning placements in partnership with local NGOs. Students have the opportunity to work on a variety of sustainable social responsibility projects. IPSL's commitment is to promote responsible stewardship of our planet and to building a life-long commitment to responding to the needs of others through hands-on service.


Experience Cusco from a Local Perspective

Cusco is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the world and is the capital of the Inca Empire. Situated at the base of the Andes, it is the entryway to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city of Cusco was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 1983 and boasts charming cobblestone streets, stone buildings made by the Incas and exciting nightlife and cafes. In short it is a perfect blend of the old and the new. Excursions may include a city tour, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. Students arrive in Lima and spend several days visiting this important Latin American capital" the "City of Kings".


Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: Spanish and/or English

Official transcript issued by IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Courses & Credits - Semester

Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Courses are 3 credits each.


Required Courses

  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced) 

  • COSA in Peru (Community Organizing and Social Activism) 

  • Introduction to COSA 

Elective Courses

  • Indigenous Knowledge, Health and Human Rights in Peru
  • Environmental Justice as a Social Movement
  • Advocacy Research In the Field
  • Independent Study



Courses & Credits - Summer

  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced)

  • COSA in Peru (Community Organizing and Social Activism)


Service Opportunities
  • Promoting entrepreneurship - business sustainability for women and youth

  • Teaching English

  • Child development and education - teaching English in a rural school

  • Health care - working with children/young adults with disabilities at San Juan de Dios hospital

  • Social work and rehabilitation - working at residential home for abandoned children with Downs Syndrome

  • Promoting intercultural work - assisting at a short term residential facility for low income rural people relocating to the city

  • Working on environmental projects with Indigenous peoples



Students will live in a homestay with a middle-class Peruvian  family who provide full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week) and introduce you to Peruvian family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be a "Cusqueño." Living with a family also means that IPSL students' Spanish proficiency improves dramatically!



  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!



The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite. The program can accommodate novice to advance Spanish language abilities.


What's Included

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; homestay housing; partial board (breakfast and dinner); service placement and supervision; health insurance; academic excursions; on-site and on-line orientation, and pre-departure materials. 


What's typically NOT Included 

Passport; visa  (not typically required); vaccine fees; international airfare; additional meals not included in homestay; books; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and internet access and independent  travel.