Peru study-abroad program to be offered

A new study-abroad program will give students the chance to experience daily life in a Latin American country.

The Departments of Religion and Classics and Modern Languages and Cultures and the Center for Study Abroad have teamed with Catholic University in Lima to sponsor a semester-long program in Peru. University students will be able to attend classes at Catholic University beginning in spring 2000.

The Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, as it is officially called, was founded by a Jesuit priest in 1917 and is the oldest private higher educational institution in Peru. The school offers courses in social sciences, fine arts, humanities, management and accounting, science and engineering, communications, and education.

Program participants will be joining Peruvian students in the classroom. All the courses are conducted in Spanish and students will need to show advanced knowledge of the language. In Peru, the academic year starts in March, with the first semester ending in July and the second semester running from August to December. Students can carry up to 12 credits (three or four courses) over a 17-week-long semester. The study-abroad office will help students plan course loads that complement University classes.

The 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students of Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Peru are all commuters. International students board with Peruvian families, enhancing their language and social experience. Catholic University will assist students in arranging homestays and enrolling in classes and will provide on-site orientation.

For more information, contact the Center for Study Abroad, x5-7532 (275-7532).

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