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Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Lima, Cusco & others, Peru
Course # SA 10110
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 07/16/23 to 07/29/23

Program Leader

Name Michael Bittinger
Email mbitting@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

**All eligible participants can receive a need-based, Purdue Moves scholarship of up to $2,200**   

*All application materials must be received before Noon EST on Friday, May 5th.*



Jumpstart your first year with an international experience that can become the foundation for your entire Purdue career!  Apply today while spots remain available.  Applications are reviewed until the program fills to capacity. 

Peru becomes your classroom as we travel together over two-weeks in July to Incan ruins, over Andean peaks, and through the Amazon jungle.  This experience introduces the people and cultures of Peru as we explore what it means to be an interculturally competent global leader.  The course continues into the fall as a learning community for the first-year students. 

The following describes the 2023 program.  Details are subject to change.  Themes of the course include:

  • Leadership
  • Intercultural Knowledge & Effictivness 
  • Sustainability, Ecotourism, & Environmental Literacy
  • Peru's Cultural Assets & Societal Challenges

Related academic experiences include:

  • Various guided & self-guided tours: Lima & Cusco Historic Centers, etc. 
  • Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Three night home-stay in Lima
  • Scavenger Hunt and Intercultural Workshop with Peruvian students
  • Train journey through the Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu (optional hike)
  • Soccer with local village children in the Amazon
  • Service-learning experience at an animal rehabilitation center 
  • Traditional weaving experience (make your own bracelet)
  • Nocturnal jungle hike
  • Amazon river nature exploration with optional swim (with the mystical pink dolphins)
  • Llamas, Alpacas, Manatee, Monkeys, Turtles & many more!

Onsite Support:  Two Purdue instructors lead the program and administer classes. In addition, Purdue partners with WorldStrides/ISA to facilitate the program. ISA provides:

  • Transportation from arrival through departure
  • Orientation & onsite support throughout
  • Excursions (entry fees & local guides)
  • Resident Director on site & on-call throughout
  • Roughly 65% of all meals

Academic Credit

This is an interdisciplinary program pertinent to ALL MAJORS.  Students who complete the program will earn a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) and three hours of 400-level Interdisciplinary Studies credit (IDIS 49100, to be exact).  Most majors at Purdue require 30+ hours of 300-level credit or higher, so this will count towards a degree.  Applicants are urged to consult academic advisors to determine exactly where it fits into their individual plan of study.  Coursework is done entirely in English.  Prior Spanish language knowledge is not required, but this experience certainly provides ample opportunity for students of Spanish to practice what they have learned in high school.

This unique course investigates the culture of Peru, and at Purdue.  It includes elements stretching from late June - November.  Students will complete readings and video discussions prior to traveling to Peru.  While abroad, daily reflective journal writing will be conducted in between site visits and class sessions.  The course continues into the fall semester, providing students guidance through their transition into college-life.  Students conduct a Conversation Project to test and further develop their intercultural skills. The class meets six times (Tuesday evenings) to continue coursework, reflect on their immersion into life at Purdue, develop projects, and prepare oral presentations.

THIS PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR STUDENTS WHO: Want to develop their intercultural effectiveness, leadership and communication skills; Are up for a challenge; Desire to become active, engaged leaders; Fully understand what they are applying for after having requested and read the course syllabus & draft itinerary. 


This program is specifically designed for incoming first-year students.  Due to potential visa restrictions and conflicts with orientation, those coming to Purdue as degree-seeking International Students are currently restricted from taking part.  However, those with Green Cards can apply.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated Fee Billed by Purdue:  $3,175 (includes three credits, housing, insurance, all program activities, and most meals)

We estimate that roughly $200 dollars should be accessible while in Peru to pay for independant meals and personal expenses not otherwise provided. Roughly 65% of all meals are covered through the program fee.

The (need-based) scholarship funding of up to $2,200 that all eligible students can receive is NOT factored into the fee listed above.  Further details can be found here.

Optional Group Flight: ( ~ $1,250 paid seperately from the program fee)

Students can choose to fly as a group with the program leaders roundtrip, Indianapolis-Lima, or travel to Lima independently.  Currently, we estimate this itinerary to cost approximately $1,250.  The group itinerary, will include a connecting flight.  Students who live far from Indianapolis can meet-up with the group in this city, if desired.  Independent travelers must arrive in Lima within one hour of the group's flight into Lima. Some may choose to travel to Lima a day early. 

All students will be informed of flight info upon acceptance into the program. Contact the program leader for more details, if concerned.

How You Will Pay For the Program:

Once students have accepted their offer of admission to Purdue University, and have set up their Career Account, they will have access to the myPurdue online Portal.  Follow the Instructions for Online Deposit to submit a $500 study abroad deposit.  The $500 deposit will go towards the total amount billed to a student's Purdue Bursar account.

Students may apply for summer financial aid through the Division of Financial Aid.  To do so, something called a CRN is required.  For this study abroad program, the CRN is:

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist Purdue study abroad students. 

Application Deadline

To Apply:  Use the "Click here to enroll in this program!" link at the top of this page, just below the map. You will set up an account we call the, "My Study Abroad." 

Once logging the necessary, info you will receive an e-mail providing instructions to complete required forms and submit your deposit.  In addition, write a reaction to the article found here.  Carefully review this piece and write a (roughly) 250-word response.  Upload the document to your My Study Abroad.  Applications are considered incomplete until all documents are uploaded. 

Application Materials Include: Participation Form; Receipt of Deposit; Statement of Risk & Responsibility; Medical & Special Needs Form; Proof of Passport (or application); Article response/essay

Deposit: The $500 deposit will be refunded to those not accepted into the program. 

Note: Listing your academic advisor is necessary.  If unknown, please type in "Not Yet Available."

All applicants will be contacted via e-mail.  This program will fill to capacity. Complete your application as soon as possible.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is filled.    


Program Contact:  Michael Bittinger - mbittinger@purdue.edu  - A tentative program itinerary & draft course syllabus will be available as of February 1st.  

Want a Student's Perspective?  Contact a past participant:  Ally Jacoby: jaco2212@umn.edu and Gigi Rowland: growland99@gmail.com


Quotes from Past Participants:

“The program pushed me the farthest I have ever been pushed, and that was why it affected me so deeply. The material was challenging at every moment.  No other class has cemented its message so deeply, and I am beyond grateful for that and all I learned.” ~ Julia White, 2016
"I believe that my experience was one that I’ll never forget and the skills and traits I gained there will always be a part of me.  This program was remarkably influential. Without it I simply wouldn’t be who I am nor have the opportunities I have now."  ~ Kara Miller, 2014
"Many of the things we learned could not have been effectively taught in a classroom.  Being in Peru was not only the best time of my life, but also made me think in an entirely different way."  ~ Melanie Herrold, 2014
"Even in two weeks, I felt like I had found out about a new way of life that I want to pursue.  My experience was so incredible and I know that it will last with me for a long time, especially because of the lessons I have taken away from my time in Peru."  ~ Veronica Miller, 2014
“I may have traveled before, but I hadn’t traveled like this!”  ~ Laura Roach, 2017

Financial Aid

Purdue Moves Summer/Short Term Scholarship

Purdue Moves Scholarships are available to assist students of any major with costs associated with a short term study abroad program.  Students applying for the Global Leadership program can receive $1,000. This will come in the form of a credit to their fall 2017 Purdue Bursar account. Consider the following before applying:

  • Students are only eligible for one short term award during their Purdue career (regardless of amount). Those who plan to do a second summer program in the future may want to pass on this opportunity. Be advised, accepting this $1,000 scholarship would prevent you from receiving $2,000 of funding for future summer experiences (that are for six weeks & earn 6 or more credits).   

  • Applicants must have a current FAFSA on file with Purdue (beginning Fall 2017 scholarship applicants).  Students that do not have a current FAFSA on file should view the instructions listed on the Division of Financial Aid website to get started.

  • Combined Family Income stated on the FAFSA must be $250,000 or less.

Application process

  • After enrollment, students may access their My Study Abroad page by entering their career account information in the upper left corner of the website: www.studyabroad.purdue.edu.  The application is available on your page.

  • Students do not need to be in accepted status to apply.  Apply early to help ensure (but not guarantee) funds may be transferred prior to departure.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.