Program Details

Excursions and Day Trips:

-Three-day trip to Machu Picchu
-All-day trip to Sacred Valley
-All-day observation and participation in religious festival (Virgen del Carmen)
-Hikes (easy) to Inca ruins and salt fields (Maras and Moray)

Cusco, Peru
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:
Arrive Date: 6/22/2013 End Date: 7/20/2013

This program examines the history of the Andean people from pre-Hispanic time to the present. Readings and lectures will be complemented by various field trips including a three-day trip to Machu Picchu. Visits to Inca ruins, lectures by leading specialists, and discussions of contemporary Peru will increase students’ understanding of the region and its people. Optional Spanish and Quechua lessons will be available. No prerequisites.

Common Questions:
Q. I don't speak Spanish-is that a problem?
A. NO - You do not need to speak Spanish to participate in the program (although you will learn quite a bit there).

Q. I'm a science major-will I struggle with the course?
A. NO - In previous years, engineering, math, and physics majors have done very well. We always have a nice selection of majors.

Q. Can we travel after the course?
A. OF COURSE - The instructor, Charles Walker, can help you plan a trip. Most students do travel before or after the program; some venture to Bolivia or Chile while others get to know other areas of Peru. The Amazon Jungle is another possibility.

1.History 162 - History of the Andean Region (4 units)
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; written and/or oral reports. History of the Andean region, the area that now comprises modern Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, from the beginning of human settlement to the present. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—III. (III.) C. Walker
2.History 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units)

Excursions and Day Trips:

-Three-day trip to Machu Picchu
-All-day trip to Sacred Valley
-All-day observation and participation in religious festival (Virgen del Carmen)
-Hikes (easy) to Inca ruins and salt fields (Maras and Moray)
-Half-day trips to Andahuayllillas and Tipón
-Soccer game: Viva Cienciano
-Photo studio of the wonderful Martin Chambi, run by his grandson.

Upper-division units (open to freshmen through graduates). Taught in English. UC Davis courses taught by University of California, Davis faculty.

Please contact UC Davis Summer Abroad for the most up-to-date information concerning program costs. Programs start around $4,000.

All students enrolled in a Summer Abroad program (Davis and Non-Davis) will have the opportunity to apply for a Travel Award ($500 - $1,500.) Travel award deadline: March 5, 2013. Enrollment deadline is April 5, 2013.

Setting Description:
You will stay in a nicely refurbished but simple house adjacent to Casa Campesina, which is part of Centro Bartolomao de Las Casas - or Centro Las Casas or CBC. Rooms are simple and basic and house 2-4 students each. The CBC is a large non-governmental organization dedicated to regional development and research. The house is very secure because it only has one entrance, which is locked for most of the day. Students quickly become friends with the doormen and women, which will give students an opportunity to practice your Spanish and perhaps Quechua.

The Casa Campesina is located about four blocks from the main plaza and one block from the Centro Las Casas' library and classrooms. Casa Campesina offers legal and medical aid as well as other services to indigenous people, many of who will be fascinated to speak with students interested in the Andes. Laundry service can be found very close to the Casa Campesina and is inexpensive. Your instructor can help set up very inexpensive Span