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Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

Program Location Lima, Cusco & others, Peru
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Purdue Administered
Course # SA 10110
Duration Fall Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2018 07/14/18 to 07/29/18

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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.


Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

Due to potential conflicts with visa restrictions, international students cannot take part. Those with Green Cards, entering Purdue as domestic students, are eligible.

GPA Requirement: Good Academic Standing on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Academic Program

This is a challenging interdisciplinary program pertinent to all majors.  Participants will earn 3 General Studies credits (GS 49000).  Most majors require 30 or more credits at the 300-level or higher.  All students will earn direct Purdue credit (letter grades such as A,B,C,D,F) that will be recorded on their transcript and figure into their overall GPA. No prior Spanish language experience is required.

Purdue's Undergraduate Curriculum Council has endorsed the Global Leadership program as contributing to satisfaction of the core embedded outcomes of the core curriculum. As a co-curricular activity, each college can select it as fulfilling a requirement for their students.

Be well aware of the academic requirements for this program!  It is a rigorous academic course with elements stretching from June to December; not simply two weeks of fun in Peru.  DO NOT APPLY if you are not looking to push yourself.

Learning Objectives: While abroad, in their college careers, and beyond, students who successfully complete this course should be able to: 

  • Apply acquired global leadership skills
  • Exhibit intercultural effectiveness with an expanded worldview
  • Display civic engaged behaviors
  • Demonstrate responsibility for addressing sustainability & globalization issues



  • Pre-departure: Students are responsible for reading two books: Insight Guide: Peru and Ishmael; An Adventure in Mind and Spirit. Students will view/comment on online videos starting two weeks prior to departure. They will also complete a reading packet and be prepared for in-class discussion of the material while in Peru.


  • While in Peru: Participants will travel across Peru while completing their coursework. Discussions take place in-between site visits. Students will evaluate their experiences by completing daily reflective journal assignments.  These journals make up roughly 30% of points earned in the course.


  • On Campus: Over the course of the fall semester, students conduct an Action Project meant to incorporate what was learned abroad and extend the overseas experience into life at Purdue. The class meets eight times during the fall semester to implement projects and prepare presentations.  Most of these class sessions take place toward the beginning of the semester and are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings.

This Program is Right for Students Who: Are curious; thirsty for knowledge and ready to engage with the world they live in; Are not afraid of an academically challenging first semester; Are looking to develop communication & intercultural skills; Aim to play an active role in the future of their communities; Hope to bond with fellow incoming freshmen.

This Program is NOT Right for Students Who:  Are expecting a vacation prior to starting college; Are not interested in an academic challenge that runs from June to December; Whose parents signed them up without a full understanding of what the course entails; Only want to make friends & sight-see without a serious interest in the course material.

*Orientation:  Ideally, students admitted to this program will select June 26th, 27th, or 28th as their STAR (Summer Transition, Advising & Registration) date. We will use this visit to campus to gather students for a pre-departure orientation.



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

Starting in Lima, there will be a three-night homestay experience where 2-4 students will be placed together. Those with stronger Spanish language skills will be grouped with those less experienced. For the remainder of the program, students will share rooms in various hotels. Roommate pairings will change at each location.

Estimated Program Costs

Program Fees include: tuition for three credits, housing, all program activities, & most meals.

Airfare is separate, and paid directly by each participant; prices vary.  An optional group flight, round-trip from Indianapolis, will be offered. 

The $1,000 scholarship all eligible students can receive is NOT included in the description below. 

How You Will Pay For The Program:

  • Payment #1 to Purdue U. (Deposit) - $500; (a portion of the overall program fee) submitted along with all completed application materials

  • Payment #2 to Purdue U. (Remainder of Program Fee): $2,032.12 - Required within two weeks of acceptance. Spots are not solidified until received along with signed Participation Agreement

  • Payment #3 (Airfare, paid directly to airline) approximately $1,300 for the optional group flight, round-trip from Indianapolis.

Deposit:  Past programs have filled to capacity by early April.  $500 is due with the application materials. Deposits are refundable if the program fills.

Make checks payable to Purdue University (an online payment option is outlined in the acceptance e-mail) Send paper checks, essay, and all completed/signed enrollment forms to:

Purdue Study Abroad
Young Hall, room 105
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
attn: Michael Bittinger - Global Leadership in Peru

Optional Group Flight: 

Students can choose to fly as a group, roundtrip, Indianapolis-Lima. This itinerary, arranged and paid for through 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.


Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs to be billed by Purdue
Program Fee$2,616.17
Study Abroad Fee$304.70
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

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.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

To Apply:  Use the "Click here to apply for this program!" link at the top of this page, just below the map. Once logging the necessary info you will receive an e-mail providing full details. Follow these instructions carefully to complete the required forms. In addition, write a reaction to the article found here.  

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

Apply early to help ensure chances of admittance.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until April 15th.     

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

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

Quotes from Past Participants:

"I may have traveled before, but I hadn't traveled like this!" ~ Laura Roach, 2017

"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 taking this journey 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 in my life. Without this program I simply wouldn’t be who I am nor have the opportunities I have now."  ~ Kara Miller, 2014

"My time abroad was valuable because 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 I had found out about a new way of life that I wanted to pursue. My experience was so incredible. I know it will last with me for a long time because of the lessons I have taken away from my time in Peru.  ~ Veronica Miller, 2014

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Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen

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For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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