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Program Description


CONHI Machu Picchu

   Quick Facts

  • Four cities: Lima, CuscoAguas Calientes including Machu Picchu, and Chinchero

  • July 22 - August 11, 2020

  • Open to students of sophomore standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Current Freshman can apply to the program, but must be in Sophomore standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. 

  • Non-nursing majors welcome

  • Earn 3 credits for courses required for BS degrees in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation

  • Spanish language not required, but will improve your overall experience

  • Limited spaces available – apply early!
  • Students applying will need to submit a scanned copy of their passport due to ticketing needs for the Machu Picchu visit. 

A few words from Aliria Munoz Rascon, The Originator of ASU's Peru Study Abroad Program:

"Teaching and learning in Peru has changed every individual, myself included. When studying abroad, we may all expect to enjoy new cuisine (such as the rich and complex flavors of every Peruvian dish!), speak a new language, or see beautiful scenery. What we may not anticipate is what these experiences feel like and the internal transformation that occurs when you are physically and emotionally attuned to these moments.  Studying abroad will transform the way you think, communicate, shop, learn, listen, love and work.  It will shape your career and your role as a global citizen. Not just what you do each day, but how you do it."

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.


Lima Cathedral


Machu Picchu


Location Details

Your study abroad experience begins in Peru’s largest city, Lima.  Home to nearly 10 million people, this costal city is a mix of both urban sophistication and historical treasures.  During your week in Lima you will have a chance to explore this city known for its outdoor markets, museums, cultural centers, café’s, and much more.  You will also have a chance to experience the historical treasure and learn first hand about the people of Lima as you explore culture and ethics in health.

After a few days in Lima, you will then continue your study abroad experience in Cusco, where you will spend three weeks.  During this time you will be staying with a host family and will be immersed in the culture of Peru. You will work with community members on the development of a basic health literacy primer focused on maternal and child health awareness.  Cusco is considered a cosmopolitan Inca capital and is both a modern and traditional city allowing you to see the heritage of Peru.  Inca temples and Spanish constructed churches sit side by side in a city where you are equally likely to see a McDonalds or a llama. 

Machu Picchu: Planned Excursion 1 
The well-preserved Inca ruins of Machu Picchu are the literal and figurative high point for many people visiting South America.  The Incas built this estate in the 1450’s and left approximately a century later.  It remained unknown to the outside world until it was rediscovered in 1911.  At the midpoint of your study abroad experience you will visit this historical site, reflecting on the awe inspiring beauty and the juxtaposition of cultures in Peru.

Chinchero is a smaller town outside of Cusco known for its talented weavers, crisp air, and beautiful mountain views. There is an abundance of llamas, sheep, goats, and a variety of vegetation.

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

  • GPA 2.0 or higher
  • Sophomore standing
  • Current Freshman can apply to the program, but must be in Sophomore standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, when the program runs.  
  • Priority given to healthcare majors
  • Spanish language not required, but encouraged as this will greatly enhance your trip
  • Course pre requisites: ENG 102,105 or 108 


Students have two options to complete 3 credits of coursework:

Option 1: 

HCR 230:  Culture and Health (3 credits) General Studies: C&G. 
  • Required for nursing and non-nursing majors in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI)

Option 2:

HCR 498: Transcultural Health (3 credits): General Studies
  • For students who have already taken HCR 230 or approval by faculty. 
Group Lecture

Students at the Market


Faculty Directors

Laura Maurer
Instructor, ASU Edson CONHI

Laura has been teaching at ASU for 5 years in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation in the undergraduate program. She obtained her Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner from NAU and practices with an under-served population in Central Phoenix taking care of all ages from prenatal to elderly. 

During her FNP program at NAU she traveled to Guatemala to provide care in a small village, which changed her life, and purpose for being in healthcare. This experience has given her a passion for Global health, and she is looking forward to sharing this passion and perspective with ASU students in Peru in 2020. 

Samantha Calvin
Instructor, ASU Edson CONHI


Laura Maurer

Samantha Calvin



CONHI Housing

CONHI - Lima Colonial Street


Program Housing

Housing and meals: Students will experience a variety of housing arrangements while in Peru. While in Lima, students will stay in a local hotel as a group.  As the group moves to Cusco and Chinchero, students will then become more immersed in the cultural experience, staying with pre-approved and “student-family-matched” home stays (see photo). Hosts in Cusco have been thoroughly screened, have hosted students prior, and will be matched with students appropriately. Three meals a day will be provided by the host family as well (this is included in the cost of the program).  

Transportation: Transportation to and from Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) will be provided for the group. An on-site orientation of each host city will be included. Students will be responsible for any individual travel they choose to do in each host city.

Walking/Excursions: Many aspects of this program will include a fair amount of walking. The excursion to Machu Picchu includes moderate to intense hiking at higher elevations. Additionally, both Lima and Cusco are very walkable cities and many choose to do their sightseeing this way. Thus, quality walking and hiking shoes are a necessity for all students.


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. From Lima to Machu Picchu: Exploring Healthcare, Culture and Ethics in Peru program includes a significant amount of walking with some mild to moderate hiking during excursions to Machu Picchu. Students will also use public transportation while in Lima and Cusco. 

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 $4,560. 

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 3 credits, housing, tours, cultural and academic visits, excursions, most transportation, round-trip airfare from Lima to Cusco, breakfast each day in Lima, meals in the homestays in Cusco, and international health insurance. Not included: Round-trip airfare to Peru, ASU student fees, most lunches and dinners in Lima, domestic airport transfers, non-program related optional excursions, passports, books, and your own 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

  • The Edson College Study Abroad Scholarship is for one student attending the ASU: From Lima to Machu Picchu: Exploring Healthcare, Culture and Ethics in Peru  experience during Summer 2020, and the application deadline is February 1, 2020.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/03/2020
Rolling Admission 07/22/2020 08/11/2020
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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.