Study Abroad

IFSA Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

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One of the largest cities in South America, Lima is the home to about 28 million people. The city has a rich history which has impacted the area’s politics, economy, and all aspects of culture. Peru’s capital is a growing metropolis in which not just political aspects have changed in the last decade. The endless selection of native ingredients has led to a transformation of the city into a culinary powerhouse. There are dozens of galleries and museums which feature exhibitions of work by local and international artists. This picturesque city is also a great location for student nightlife. Whether you enjoy a relaxing evening listening to local indie musicians or if you prefer vibrant Latin music, fear not, there is likely a place with what you want just a block away. Lima is also on the coast and has beautiful beaches. 


Students are expected to have the ability to participate in a Spanish language classroom. Students must have completed the equivalent of 5 semesters of college-level Spanish; that is, at least one 200 level course. 

Direct Enrollment

Partial direct enrollment in one of the best universities in Peru- students enroll in 3 courses at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú serves more than 17,000 students in 42 undergraduate majors and 72 graduate programs. It is located on a large, 100-acre campus with modern buildings, fauna, cafeterias, coffee shops, a gym, picturesque gardens and archaeological excavation sites. 

Academic Credit

Students are required to complete 15 credit hours each semester. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Students are required to take two courses with IFSA-Butler:

  • Peruvian Social Reality: This course introduces students to Peru’s economic, social, and political climate. The course is largely researched based, as students work throughout the semester to contextualize their own experience at a Peruvian NGO. Students present the results of their research project/paper to the class at the end of the term.
  • Advanced Academic Writing and Peruvian Culture: This course helps students to reach full competence at the advanced level of the Spanish language. There is an emphasis on oral and written skills in both formal and informal contexts.

In addition to the two mandatory courses, students will choose three courses from PUCP’s course offerings.

PUCP also offers a specialized academic concentrations in gender. Students choose their 3 additional courses from the following options: General Theory of Gender Relations (semester 1 only) (DEG), Gender, Culture and Development (DEG), Developmental Strategies (DEG), Seminar on Law and Gender (Law School), Gender and Mental Health (Psychology), Psychology of Gender (Sociology), Gender: Social Processes and Institutions (Sociology), Gender Relations (Anthropology)

Course Highlights

Art History, Anthropology, Archeology, Architecture, Cities, Dance, Economics, Education, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Urban Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Orientation lasts 10-15 days and takes place in Lima. The orientation includes airport pickup; sessions on academics, health and safety, housing, visa/residence procedures; introduction to Argentine culture and living in Buenos Aires; discussion of academic differences, expectations, course registration; sessions on academics, life with a host family, and host-university integration, led by IFSA staff; information on safety, security, health, and wellness.

Number of Students

Almost 30,000, of whom about 200 are international students.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestay only. Three meals a day are provided for students. Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester
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  • Semester I: Mid-August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early March to mid-July

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: October 15

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