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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 11/23/2018
Rolling Admission 03/14/2019 03/23/2019

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Jonathan Weller Program Advisor: Bene Khoury, Matthew Paul
Program Description:
Peru Group Macchu Picchu



Program Overview

Follow the program on Instagram @ucinperu

Changemakers Peru flyer.pdf

The Changemakers in Peru program provides students a unique opportunity to experience an amazingly diverse country and culture, while also learning more about a number of social, economic, and environmental issues. Students will participate in an "almost all-inclusive" program where they spend little money while in Peru but keep very busy schedules doing everything from visiting fair trade artisan workshops to visiting museums to hearing compelling guest lectures on important topics, and participating in a Peruvian cooking class.  Additionally, students will also visit cultural and historical sites in Peru, including visiting the city of Cusco and a private tour of Machu Picchu - one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World.

These will be challenging, rewarding (fun!) life-changing opportunities for students as they learn the realities of life in a developing country while experience the amazing people, places - and food - of Peru.

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LocationPeru Bus


The first half of the program will take place in Lima, Peru consisting primarily of guest lectures, visits to non-profit organizations, and visiting museums and historical sites.

The second half of the program will take place in Cusco, Peru consisting of cultural and historical visits, including a guided tour of Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins in Cusco.

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Who Can Participate?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors

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Academic Program and Course InformationPeru 2 Kids

All students in this program are required to enroll in Organizational Leadership (OLHR) 2011 section 001: Changemakers – Lessons Learned Through Travel in the Developing World (3 UC Credits) for spring semester.
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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Dr. Jon Weller is the Director of International Admissions and adjunct instructor in the Organizational Leadership department at the University of Cincinnati. He has extensive international travel experience and presents frequently at national and international conferences. He also created and teaches OLHR2010: How to Change the World and OLHR2012: How to End Modern Day Slavery. He has lead multiple study abroad programs to Peru over the past several years.

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Living Arrangements

Students will share rooms in comfortable hotels that provide air conditioning, WiFi, etc.

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Getting There

Students will participate in a group flight arranged through UC International. Travel in country will primarily be through private bus transportation.

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Program Costs

Peru Llama

2019 Program Cost: $4000 total cost
                                  - $600 UC scholarship (for eligible students)
                                  = $3400 student cost

Included in Program Cost:

  • Housing / Accommodations
  • Most Meals (All breakfasts and several lunches and/or dinners)
  • Transportation (International airfare from Cincinnati to Peru; group transportation within Peru for program planned activities)
  • Cultural Excursions/Entrance Fees- including Machu Picchu
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
  • International Insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • ISIC Card ($25) - Accepted students must apply/obtain their card to hold their spot on the program. Click here to order a card online.
  • Tuition - 3 credit hour course applied to spring schedule (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Food/Souvenirs: $275
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, its 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

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for 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 medical and security advice. UC code 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 abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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

Jon Weller, PhD
University of Cincinnati
Director, International Admissions
(513) 556-1073

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This program is currently not accepting applications.