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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Aguas Calientes, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: ASU applicants only
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
NOTE: Program Cancelled for Summer 2020


Lima Plaza de Armas

Quick Facts

  • May 18 - June 14, 2020
  • Join us in adventure in Lima, Peru where you will work on a small team of students to use Design Thinking to help a local organization achieve their goals. You will have the opportunity to work within the community, using your skills and knowledge, to determine their needs and how to best address them. 
  • This program is run by the Public Service Academy, but open to all majors! 
  • Students will experience the culture local excursions in the city, and a longer excursion to Cusco and Macchu Picchu. 
  • Space is limited. Apply early!
  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to an in-country flight and admission to a sacred heritage site, passport information will be needed by March 1. Please arrange to secure your passport by this date in order to communicate the number and expiration date to the Study Abroad Office. 


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.



Location Details

Located on the central coast of Peru, Lima is the capital city, the largest city in Peru, the third-largest city in the Americas, and known as the "City of Kings". Here, indigenous Quechua roots, the Inca Empire, and Spanish colonization come together to form a truly unique history. While the local dialect of Spanish is influenced by Castilian colonists, Lima has one of the most diverse populations of people from mestizo, European, indigenous, African, and Asian descent in South America. It also has a vibrant, thriving pride in arts, culture, and culinary excellence. 

High in the mountains, Aguas Calientes is a small town, and the gateway to Macchu Picchu, the ancient Incan ruins. It is also known for hot springs, which explains the name of the town being "Hot Waters".

A mountain city, Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire, and now has a fascinating combination of archeology and Spanish colonial architecture. 


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 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

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

  • 3.0 GPA. If in NGSC program, must be in good standing. All majors are welcome! 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to an in-country flight and admission to a sacred heritage site, passport information will be needed by March 1. Please arrange to secure your passport by this date in order to communicate the number and expiration date to the Study Abroad Office. 


Students will take the following course for a total of 2 credits. If you need information on how this course will transfer back to your major or minor requirements, please consult your academic adviser. 
  • CPP 201: Community Impact Lab
CONHI Machu Picchu




Faculty Directors

Veronica Gutierrez
Instructional Professional
Public Service Academy
College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Office: UCENT 707 (Downtown campus)
Phone: (928) 210-0696

Brent Hunt
Executive Director
Public Service Academy
College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Office: UCENT 711 (Downtown campus)
Phone: (602) 463-2991

Veronica Gutierrez
Veronica Gutierrez

Brett Hunt
Brett Hunt



ISA Peru - Food

Program Housing

Students will be staying with local families in homestays located in the beautiful Miraflores neighborhood. Up to three students will be in a home with private areas and access to many home-cooked meals during their time in Lima, clean facilities, and wifi. This is an excellent opportunity to learn or practice Spanish and get to know a truly authentic side of everyday Lima life!

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 NGSC in Peru: Global Impact Lab program will require students to be active at their site, depending on placement. There will be several excursions that require a lot of physical movement and walking, and more frequent use of public transportation while in Lima. In Cusco and Aguas Calientes, students may experience side effects of being in a location at a very high elevation. 

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. In Peru, students with mobility challenges will find the streets and sidewalks 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. 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. 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 $4,550.

Program Fee includes: Housing, most meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  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.

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.


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

Watts Study Abroad Scholarship

The Watts Study Abroad Scholarship is a brand-new scholarship that was created in order to help encourage students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Undergraduate classification
  • Watts College major
  • Eligible for in-state tuition
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application
  • Preference will be given for first-generation students and those with high financial need. 

Complete an application on this page, and submit along with a 750-word essay on what you hope to get out of your Study Abroad experience to UCENT 780 or


Links to Additional Resources

*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.

Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/18/2020 06/14/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office.

** 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.