Spanish LSA+ Cuzco

Cusco, PeruLima, Peru

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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Spanish and Portuguese


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers an advanced language study abroad program in Cusco, Peru.  The LSA+ is hosted by Centro Tinku, which means "encounter" in Quechua. Housed in a large colonial building with classrooms, a central patio, and a small restaurant—Centro Tinku is located in one of Cusco's most traditional neighborhoods behind one of the main cathedrals.
Cusco (at almost 10,000 feet in the Andes), is a city that was once the center of the Inca Empire. Today, Cusco is a thriving metropolis of around 500,000 inhabitants and characterized by its distinctive mestizo culture and monolithic architecture. Spanish colonial monuments erected on the base of partially dismantled Inca buildings dominate the city. The city was designated the archeological capital of the Americas in the 1950s and more recently the historic center a UNESCO world heritage site. Indeed, Cusco has always been the cultural and artistic hub of the entire Andes. The world-famous Cuzco School of painting emerged there during colonial times, and more recently it has become a city of photographers spawning the Cuzco School of Photography and the influential Cuzco School of Cinema. Overlooking the city is the colossal religious center of Sacsayhuaman, and a few hours by train lies the citadel of Machu Picchu—declared in 2007 as one of the seven wonders of the world and, as such, drawing increasing global attention.



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The LSA+ will be led by tenured and tenure-track faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Students will enroll in three 9-week courses including,

SPAN | 20 | 90:
Writing and Reading: A Critical and Cultural Approach

SPAN | 21 | 90:
Traditional and Contemporary Andean Cosmogonies and Cultural Production: A Historical Approach

SPAN | 32 | 90:
Introduction to Hispanic Studies III: 20th-21st Centuries


SPAN | 9 | 90:
Culture and Conversation: Advanced Spanish Language


With a minimum grade of B,
SPAN | 15 | 90:
Latinx Writing and Composition


Exemption from SPAN | 9  OR SPAN | 15





Students live with homestay families while in Cusco.  

Prior to arriving in Cusco students will spend a week in Lima, the Peruvian capital, before proceeding to study in Cusco. A major metropolis, Lima is located in the Atacama desert on the Pacific Ocean. It was known as the City of Kings during the colonial era and still boasts magnificent colonial architecture. But it also features the high rises and sprawl of any modern Latin American urban center. During their time in Lima students typically participate in theater workshops with Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (Latin America's most renowned theater collective); visit diva Susana Baca's center for the study of Afro-Peruvian music in the south of Lima; take cooking classes to learn about Peru's world-renowned cuisine, and visit the city's main archeological museums.

During the course of the term excursions often include visits to the Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the ruins of Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Machu Picchu, and Sacsayhuamán. Previous terms have also visited Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world) and spend two nights on an island with an Aymara community, and we may also visit the Bolivian capital La Paz and/or the Amazon jungle. 

There will be opportunities to volunteer, as well as spending a weekend working with an indigenous community in the vicinity of Cusco. Extracurricular classes will be tailored to the interest of the students and include weaving, music, dancing, cooking, and learning Quechua. 

For more information, please see the Spanish and Portuguese Department website.

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.

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