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CIEE Lima Liberal Arts Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Lima, Peru




2.75 GPA; 5 semesters college-level Spanish or the equivalent; a Spanish language course within the past year recommended.

Application Due:

3/15 for Fall and Academic Year
10/15 for Spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Liberal Arts program for students in third year Spanish or above combines a CIEE taught course, homestay and city-based cultural activities with direct enrollment alongside Peruvian students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Such immersion allows students to refine language skills and to develop an understanding of contemporary Peruvian society. The program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member. Participants join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities. UI students earn resident credit on this program.

Academic Program

The semester begins with a required two-week intensive language course; students are tested upon arrival and placed in one of three levels. Subsequently, students enroll in two required courses — a CIEE core course on Peruvian Social Reality and a second advanced Spanish language class depending on proficiency — and additional electives at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Language classes are taught to CIEE students only by professors at PUCP’s Department of Modern Languages. Direct enrollment in regular classes offers a broad range of subjects, among them anthropology, archeology, studio arts, geography, journalism and psychology.

Students typically earn between 16 sh and 21 sh in the semester.

Year-long students can obtain a Peruvian Studies Certificate from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú by successfully completing several courses with a focus on Perú in the humanities and social sciences.

Program Dates

Semester participation runs mid-July to mid-December in the Fall, late January to mid-July in the Spring. Academic year runs mid-July through mid-July.

For More Information

Students are required to meet with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before initiating an application. Program details are found at the CIEE webpage.

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú is the oldest private institution of higher education in Peru, founded in 1917. Its large campus in the bustling commercial area of San Miguel includes numerous faculty buildings, a central library, computer facilities, sports center, and student cafeterias. The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights is one of several research centers at the university. The student population numbers around 17,000. Average class size is 20-23 students, but can range to 100. The relation between students and faculty tends to be more formal that in the U.S.


An ever-changing and dynamic city, Lima was the key in colonial times through which Spain controlled its colonies in South America, and this remarkable legacy is still visible in squares, churches and historic homes. Today’s metropolis of eight million spreads out from the colonial center, and combines shanty towns, glitzy shopping malls, crumbling ancient pyramids and colonial structures of waning splendor. Public transportation occurs by mini-bus or taxi. The city is located on the coast, one of Perú’s three distinctive environments along with the Andean highlands and the Amazon rainforest.

Living Arrangements

Housing in Peruvian homes is considered an integral part of the program and essential for learning how to get around in the city. Housing, three meals a day and laundry costs are included in the program fee. Year students with a two and a half-month break during semesters are responsible for their own housing and meals during that period.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Lima by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from CIEE.


Overall GPA 2.75, 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, a Spanish language course within the past year recommended.


The Program Fee is charged on the U Bill and covers tuition, housing, meals, group excursions, orientation and other support services, an iNext travel card that provides insurance and other travel benefits, and a UI administrative fee.

The semester fee Fall 2013 was $14,134 for students that are Iowa residents and $15,730 for non-residents. Additional costs include round-trip airfare, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International CISI insurance will also be collected on the U bill.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and early application is advisable.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to begin the UI application.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are October 15 for Spring, March 15 for Fall and Academic Year.

Following acceptance, students receive arrival and other information from the Portland office, as well as a Program Handbook with comprehensive student information for Peru.

All students attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

CIEE also conducts online orientations for its students.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343