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  • Locations: Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication, Economics, Education, Fine Art, Geography, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


Lima CoastSpend a semester at the Lima, Peru Liberal Arts program refining your intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills while immersing yourself in Peruvian culture. Through direct enrollment at the oldest private university in the country, homestays, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Lima offers you a unique intercultural experience and fascinating insight into the country and its people.

The semester in Lima, Peru is designed for intermediate and advanced students who want to advance their study of Spanish language studies by taking classes taught in Spanish alongside Peruvian students, and explore Peruvian history, mestizaje, ethnic identities, globalization, poverty, and Peru’s modern culture.

Additional Opportunities:
VOLUNTEER: Get back more than you give by helping low-income students, mentoring teens, supporting women’s health or Afro-Peruvian initiatives, and more.

Courses and Credits

Founded in 1917, Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUCP) is the country’s oldest and most prestigious university in Peru. The beautiful 90-acre campus with extensive, well-kept gardens is located surprisingly right in San Miguel, a busy commercial district. The campus has everything from lively student cafeterias to an archaeological site, as well as a number of research centers, for its 18,000 students. 

Students enroll the following courses and earn 15-18 credits:
  • A two-week intensive Spanish pre-semester course
  • Students who place into Intensive Advanced Spanish I during the pre-session course must take 1 Spanish language course
  • CIEE’s Understanding Peru: Race, Class, Gender, and Cultural Diversity (taught in Spanish)
  • Additional PUCP direct-enrollment courses or CIEE electives, totaling 15 credits
For course listing and syllabi, go to the Lima, Peru Liberal Arts program and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


LimaHOMESTAYS: Homestay Living with a Peruvian family, you’ll improve your Spanish skills tremendously, and get a front row seat for observing daily life in Lima. Laundry service included.
MEALS: Three meals per day are provided by your host family.


Merrimack students attending a CIEE semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, and international insurance for the semester. 2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $550
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Total Fall Fees: $23,880
  • Total Spring Fees: $25,380
CIEE has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • International Airfare:  $900
  • Local Transportation: $350
  • Books & Supplies: $200
  • Personal: $1,700


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • Have 5 semesters of college-level Spanish
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018.