LIMA: CIEE – Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Lima, Peru

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  • Fall Semester - Late July - Early December
  • Spring Semester - early February - mid July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

Liberal Arts
The CIEE Liberal Arts program in Lima is designed for students with five or more semesters of college-level Spanish and a wide variety of majors. Participants directly enroll in regular university courses in a wide variety of subjects alongside Peruvian students and learn first-hand about contemporary culture in bustling Lima.

All students take the required 4-week intensive Spanish pre-session course. During the regular semester, students enroll in an additional Spanish language course, the CIEE core course, and two or three direct enrollment courses.

Host University

The Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), founded in 1917, is the oldest established private higher educational institution in Peru. The impressive 90-acre campus houses faculty buildings, the central library, computer facilities, the sports center, student cafeterias, and even an archaeological dig site. Nearly 17,000 students study at the PUCP. The University has many research centers, including the Institute for Democracy and Humans Rights. The campus is located in the district of San Miguel, a busy area with enormous commercial activity.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP Application
    • Completed online CIEE application

      • Upload a photocopy of your passport ID page to the CIEE online application
      • Upload your NEU transcript to the CIEE online application
      • The Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP coordinator).
      • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator
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    Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

    Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


    Students live in private Peruvian homes. Housing, three meals per day, and laundry costs are included in the program fee paid directly to CIEE by the student. The homestay is essential to the student's learning process and integration into life in Lima. The opportunity to live with a Peruvian family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and to observe real life in action, but also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues viewed in the courses and Spanish language practice. The opportunity to live with a family offers students a unique source of cultural learning and personal growth. Liberal Arts Academic year students, on the July-July program, are responsible for housing and meals during the break between semesters, which is two and a half months. Calendar year students, on the February to December program, may remain with the host family at no additional cost.


    Lima's colonial legacy is reflected in the location of its Main Square (Plaza de Armas) on the banks of the city's major river; in its numerous ornately constructed baroque churches; and in its historical homes with elaborately carved wooden balconies. Lima is a city with eight million inhabitants and neighborhoods sprawling out from the colonial center, peppered with Incan and pre-Incan archeological sites. One need only to listen to Peruvian music, eat Peruvian food, and learn about its fascinating history and culture to observe the blending of indigenous, African, Spanish, European, and Asian cultures.