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Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Lima, Cusco & others, Peru
Course # SA 10110
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2022 07/16/22 to 07/30/22

Program Leader

Name Michael Bittinger

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description
Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

*All eligible students can receive up to $1500 in Purdue Moves scholarship funding*  

Dates:The dates listed above are the program departure dates; include overnight flights to and from Lima, Peru.



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Jumpstart your freshman year with an international experience that can become the foundation for your entire Purdue career!

Peru becomes your classroom as we travel 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 following tentatively describes the 2019 program.  Details are subject to change.  Themes of the course include:

  • Leadership
  • Sustainability, Ecotourism, & Environmental Literacy
  • Globalization & Global Citizenship 
  • Intercultural Knowledge & Effectiveness
  • 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 Innovation Challenge with Peruvian students
  • Train journey through the Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu (optional hike)
  • Soccer with local village children in the Amazon
  • Hands-on experience at an Animal Rehabilitation Center and at a Sustainable Farm
  • 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

Vital Academic Information

This is an interdisciplinary program pertinent to ALL MAJORS.  Students who enroll 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 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 includes elements stretching from late June to early December.  Students will complete readings and video discussions prior to traveling to Peru.  While in Peru, daily reflective journal writing will be conducted in between site visits and class sessions.  Once on campus, students conduct an Action Project during the fall semester.  Our class meets eight times (Tuesday evenings) to continue coursework, 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 WRONG FOR STUDENTS WHO: Are just looking to take a "trip" before starting college; Are not ready for a challenge; Are not interested in developing their intercultural effectiveness; Those who have not read the course syllabus & itinerary, or whose parents just signed them up. 

Seek a firm understanding of the course before applying. 



Due to potential visa restrictions and conflicts with orientation, those coming to Purdue as degree-seeking International Student are currently not eligible to take 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.

Estimsted Fee billed by Purdue:  TBA (includes tuition for three credits, housing, all program activities & most meals)

Airfare is separate, and paid directly by each participant; prices vary.  Based on the past, expect a round-trip flight from Indianapolis to Lima to cost approximately $1400.

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

The (need-based) scholarship funding of up to $1,500 that all eligible students can receive is NOT factored into the fee listed above.  Further details can be found here.

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 your Purdue Bursar account: TBA


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 12284.


Optional Group Flight: 

Students can choose to fly as a group, roundtrip, Indianapolis-Lima. This itinerary, arranged by and paid directly to STA Travel, will have a connection in either Dallas or Miami.  Students who live far from Indianapolis can meet-up with the group in this city, or fly solo to Lima.  Arrivals must be within one hour from when group flights lands in Lima. 

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

Application Deadline

To Apply:  Use the "Click here to enroll for 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 draft a (roughly) 250-word response.  E-mail this directly to mbittinger@purdue.eduas an attached document with your LastName_FirstName as the title.  

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

All applicants will be contacted via e-mail.  Admitted students will be provided an electronic acceptance packet with instructions on how to proceed.  Details must be read carefully and instructions followed immediately.  This is a popular program that will fill to capacity.

Apply early to help ensure chances of admittance.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is filled.    

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

Want a Student's Perspective?  Contact a Past Participant:  Ally, Sydney, Stefanie


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:  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.

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