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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Aguas Calientes, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Ollantaytambo, Peru; Urubamba, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.



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Quick Facts

  • May 15 - June 5, 2020
  • Explore Peru’s rich history and modern food scene to investigate how food and culture intersect and shape health and social experiences
  • Stays in Lima, the culinary capital of Latin America, and Cusco, the capital city of the Inkas, as well as the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
  • Tours of Machu Picchu, Pachacamac, and other famous archaeological sites and museums
  • Hands-on activities include cooking classes, a chocolate-making workshop, tours of food markets, group meals in varied settings, and visits with local fishermen, farmers, salt miners, and chefs
  • Trips to Lake Piuray, and the villages of Pachacamac, Pucusana, Misminay, and Lamay
  • All majors welcome
  • Basic Spanish language skills strongly recommended, but not required
  • Space is limited. Apply early!
  • Earn 6 credits
  • View the Sample Itinerary 2020
  • View the Summer 2020 info session here.

Want an idea of what the program looks like on-ground? Watch a video slideshow of program highlights here!


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details


Peruvian cuisine is considered among the best in the world, and Lima has been dubbed the culinary capital of Latin America. While in Lima we’ll learn about the fundamentals of Peruvian cuisine including the prehistoric and historic origins of certain food types, dishes, and dietary customs. Activities include tours of museums and archaeological sites; visits to food markets; cooking classes featuring classic Peruvian dishes; and group meals in a variety of restaurants, featuring foods and settings associated with different ethnic groups and social classes. We’ll also take day trips outside the city to spend a day with local fishermen from the village of Pucusana and to visit the famous archaeological site Pachacamac, with an Inka temple that provides a superb view of the entire river valley and its connection to the Pacific Ocean.

Next, we’ll travel to Cusco high in the Andes mountains to compare the environment, food production practices and cuisine with those of the coast. We’ll tour the historic Spanish colonial and pre-Columbian areas in and around the city of Cusco; take a day trip to a nearby lake and adjacent swidden agricultural plots; and learn about the process of chocolate making.

We also spend time in the Sacred Valley region nearby Cusco, where we’ll tour the Moray archaeological site where the Inkas conducted agricultural experiments; visit a community-run salt mine; and learn about daily life in the Andes first-hand by participating in the community activities of the villages of Misminay and Lamay. We’ll also visit the Inka town of Ollantaytambo and tour a local farm to learn about traditional and contemporary organic farming practices.

We end our program travel with a trip to the cloud forest environment of Machu Picchu, where we’ll visit the breathtaking archaeological site and spend two nights in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes to reflect on the program experience. We’ll also compare cuisines and food practices in Peru and the U.S. and critically examine environmental and social influences on diet and food security, including impacts of globalization such as climate change and intersecting economies.

For more information on the sites that will be visited, check out the Itinerary Highlights 2020 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • All interested students regardless of their major or minor.
  • Students in good standing and have a G.P.A. of 2.50 or above. (Those with G.P.A.s between 2.00 and 2.50 may still apply, but must submit an academic letter of recommendation.)
  • Students are welcome to apply to participate during the 1st or 2nd semester of their Freshman year but they must have Sophomore standing (24 credit hours) by the time that the program travels abroad in the summer.


Students must take a minimum of 6 credits from the following courses:

  • ASB 443 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3)
  • SSH 443 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (6)
  • ASB/SSH 300 Food and Culture (3) 

ASB 443 and SSH 403 - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General Studies: (L or SB) & G
ASB 300 and SSH 300 - Fulfills Global Health Culture Society and Health requirement; and/or fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & C

Please take a look at the  2020 Peru Food and Culture Syllabus

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Faculty Director

Dr. Sara Marsteller
School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Program Assistant

Sarah Hall 
Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Human Evolution and Social Change 


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Program Housing

Students will stay in hotels with one overnight stay in the village of Misminay. Example of accommodations at Misminay shown in photo on the left. In all locations, students have their own bed and share rooms and bathrooms with other students on the program.
Approximately half of all meals are included in the program cost. Additional meals may be purchased at low cost from restaurants and grocery stores nearby hotels.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.The Peruvian Food and Culture: From the Inkas to World Class Haute Cuisine program has many tours that are a large part of the academic requirement which includes walking long distances. Additionally, streets and sidewalks in the cities may be uneven, rough terrain. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Peru, students with mobility challenges will find the streets and sidewalks in Peru quite difficult to traverse. Despite recent efforts to improve accessibility, little infrastructure exists to accommodate those with disabilities, and few places make any accommodation for those with physical disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Peru, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. LGBTQIA travelers will find some gay-friendly establishments in the larger cities; however, in smaller towns and rural areas options will be sparse or non-existent.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Peru, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $6,840.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, international health insurance, ASU faculty support, site visits and cultural excursions, all housing, ground transportation, airfare within Peru, and some group meals. 
Not included: international airfare from the U.S. to Peru, passport, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/12/2020
Rolling Admission 05/15/2020 06/05/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.