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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/04/2019 06/23/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Anthropology (ANT), Honors College (UHC), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Spanish (SPN)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Other Language Courses Offered: No
Click here for a definition of this term Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CHPA
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Summer
Program Description:


Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco and the ruins and Quechua villages throughout the Sacred Valley of Peru. Hike with travelers from around the world for 5 days to reach Machu Picchu. You will camp under the stars and see the southern cross, all with knowledgeable and trained guides to provide you with the historical, cultural, and geographic context of the region. Much of your equipment will be carried for you. After returning to Cusco by train, our small group will travel from the snow-capped Andes into  cloud forests as we descend into the Amazon basin. There, we will explore the Manu biosphere reserve, travelling by boat between jungle lodges to a remote research station and indigenous communities, where local biologists and a local anthropologist will provide us with additional insight. Prepare to see Amazonian wildlife, rubber tapping, coca farms, gold mining, and a glimpse of life in the deep Amazon. Upon your return to Cusco, you will have the opportunity to explore the city on your own and sample the nightlife and museums before flying home or beginning your own further adventures in the region.  

Program Fee: $3,800

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
  • Some Meals
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Airfare
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • IDS 297 (3)
  • SPN 297 (3) 
  • ANT 490 (3)
  • UHC 350 (3)
* Courses taken on this program will be able to apply towards minors in Sustainability and Latin American Studies 

Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Jason Shepard
Program Director


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Discuss the region/countries’ culture, history, politics, and economics as well as course expectations, evaluation, packing, and travel preparation. 
Program Itinerary   
June 4 Upon arrival in Cusco, student will acclimate to the elevation and explore the cities historic sites, museums, and cultural attractions. 
June 6 Students will be transported from Cusco to the Manu Biosphere Preserve by a private tour company. This will begin the 8 day 7 night trip between various ecolodges, indigenous communities, and a research station. Much of this travel will be by riverboat.
June 12 Students will be transported back to Cusco.
June 14 Students will travel between several communities in the Sacred Valley near Cusco to experience local cutlure, the Incan salt ponds (which are still in use), and the Incan agricultural research center of Moray. 
June 16 Students will begin the 5 day trek to Machu Pichu, camping throughout the valley and mountains. 
June 20 Return to Cusco.
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Individual Meetings with the director

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.