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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 01/11/2018
Rolling Admission 04/30/2018 05/10/2018
NOTE: In-person interviews are required with faculty leaders & some knowledge of Spanish recommended

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Hank Hildebrandt
Program Additional Faculty: Christopher Auffrey Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

The four millennia development of Peruvian culture and history provides a rich backdrop for understanding the cultural heritage and diversity of the American continents. The focus of this travel course is to explore the unique historic past of Peru's significant Inca architectural monuments and their ancient planned communities and the 16th century Spanish viceroyalty colonial reconstruction period into the struggles of the modern republic of today.  This study abroad course and travel will survey the many notable architectural and urban planning ruins of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire, the colonization and reconstruction of cities of conquering Spanish armies of Cuzco, and the rapid urbanization of Peru's largest city and capital, Lima. The two-week tour will begin by introducing students to the cosmopolitan city of Lima, a city rich in Spanish colonial styles set against with modern skyscrapers, plush up-scale neighborhood of Miaflores and the informal sprawl of 'barriadas' and 'pueblos jovenes.'  Next, after a short flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca world, students will see the Inca foundations, colonial architecture, and experience the mix of the indigenous cultures with Spanish influences that have created modern Peruvian life.  A tour of ancient sites will depart from Cuzco for Machu Picchu, and then on to the Scared Valley with its archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. 

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  PERU: Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and other sites within and around the Scared Valley.

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Who Can Participate?

Open to all UC undergraduate (with 60+ hours) and graduate students in good standing. Students should be able to withstand the changes in elevation and be able to negotiate mountainous terrain and steep level changes.

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Academic Program and Course Information

This course will require site documentation with photography sketch drawing on site, watercolor sketching, video. Each student will select a specific site to record & case study and analysis during the tour. Outline of study and preliminary analysis will be due at the beginning of the tour. A summary of gathered material and analysis will be required at the end of the tour. Class meetings are once a week in preparation before travel.

Course that will be listed under(choose one):
Elective      PLAN6099-004 electives, grad or undergrad for 2 – 3 credits.

Elective      SAID4094-001 professional elective seminar for 3 credits.
HU/SS/SE elective requirement for 3 credits (If already
completed this requirement, the course still can count as an open elective).                    
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Henry Hildebrandt is a professor of architecture and Interior Design. He has guided over 16 study aboard programs and has traveled to Central and South America several times.

Chris Auffrey is a professor in the School of Planning in the College of DAAP. He has guided over 12 study aboard programs and has traveled extensively in South America. several times.

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Living Arrangements

 Students will be living in hotels in each city.

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Getting There

 Group flight to / from Lima & Cuzco; Train to Machu Picchu, bus to Pisca.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: 3540.00

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

School of Architecture and Interior Design
Moria Morgan, staff
phone: 513) 556-6426

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This program is currently not accepting applications.