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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 2018 07/14/18 to 07/28/18

Program Leader

Name Michael Bittinger
Phone765 494 2383

Program Description
Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

*All eligible students in this program can each receive a $1000 Purdue Moves scholarship*


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

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 Amazon jungle. This program introduces the people, cultures and ways of life in Peru as we explore what it means to be an interculturally competent Global Leader.

The following tentatively describes the 2018 program.  Details are subject to change.  Lectures, Discussions, & Readings on:

  • ·         Leadership & the Education Abroad Experience
  • ·         Sustainability, Ecotourism, & Environmental Literacy
  • ·         Globalization & Global Citizenship 
  • ·         Intercultural Knowledge & Effectiveness
  • ·         Peruvian History & Culture   

Related Academic & Cultural Activities:

  • ·         Various guided & self-guided tours: Lima & Cusco Historic Centers, etc. 
  • ·         Incan Ruins
  • ·         Three night home-stay experience in Lima
  • ·         Scavenger Hunt and Innovation Challenge with Peruvian students
  • ·         Inca Rail train journey through the Sacred Valley
  • ·         Machu Picchu (optional hike & independent exploration)
  • ·         Soccer with local village children in the Amazon
  • ·         Hands-on experience at an Animal Refuge & at a Sustainable Farm
  • ·         Traditional Weaving demonstration
  • ·         Nocturnal Jungle Hike
  • ·         Amazon river exploration with optional swim (looking for the mystical Pink Dolphins)
  • ·         Llamas, Alpacas, Manatee, Monkeys, turtles & many more!

Onsite Support:  Two Purdue instructors lead the program and administer the course. In addition, Purdue partners with ISA (International Studies Abroad) to facilitate the program. ISA provides:

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

Academic Information

Students who successfully complete this course will receive a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) and three credit-hours of 400-level Interdisciplinary Studies Credit (IDIS 49100).  Most majors require 30+ hours of 300-level credit or higher.  Students are urged to consult with their academic advisors (at STAR) to determine how this course can be worked into their plan of study.  Coursework is done entirely in English.  Prior Spanish language experience is not required.


This is an interdisciplinary program pertinent to all majors.  This rigorous course includes elements stretching from June - December.  Students will complete readings and video discussions prior to departure.  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 throughout the fall semester.  The class meets eight times (tentatively Tuesday evenings) to continue coursework, develop projects, and prepare oral presentations. 


THIS PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR STUDENTS WHO: Want to develop their intercultural competence, and communication skills; Are up for a challenge.  


THIS PROGRAM IS WRONG FOR STUDENTS WHO: Are only looking for a vacation before starting college; Are not looking for a challenge; Are not interested in developing their intercultural competence, or whose parents just signed them up.



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 on Green Cards can.


Program Cost

Fee billed by Purdue:  $2,952.87 (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, you can 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 70% of all meals are covered through the program fee.

The $1,000 scholarship 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 your $500 study abroad deposit.   

The $500 deposit will go towards the total amount billed to your Purdue Bursar account: $2,952.87


Students may apply for summer financial aid through the Division of Financial Aid.  To do so, 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 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 admitted students will be informed of flight info upon acceptance into the program. 

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 250-word response. E-mail this directly to as a Word document with your full name as the title.

Note: Listing your academic advisor is not necessary; select the highlighted "ADVISOR NOT LISTED" to move forward.

All applicants will be contacted via e-mail. Admitted students will be provided an electronic acceptance packet with instructions on how to proceed.

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 Jacoby <>, Sydney Sofronici <>, Stefanie Walsh <>

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

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