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*Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture

Peru: Cusco

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Note: the information provided here is from a past program. We anticipate offering this program again in Summer 2015, however specific details have not been finalized and may change.

Introduction

The MU International Center and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures sponsor this summer, faculty-led study abroad program to Cusco, Peru. Lornaida McCune will lead the six credit hour program as Faculty Program Director. The program is open to all MU and non-MU undergraduate and graduate students.

There is no better way for students to improve their Spanish language skills than to be immersed in another culture. While most Spanish language programs acquaint students with traditional destinations of study abroad and tourism all over Spain and Mexico, this program challenges students to think outside of the box and study somewhere new. Peru is a country with amazing biodiversity, from coastal climates to the Andes Mountains to the Amazonian jungle. This program will take place in Cusco, which sits over 11,000 feet above sea level in the very center of the former Inca empire. Rich in history, culture and tradition, Cusco is a great place to study abroad.

In addition to time spent in the classroom learning Spanish, students will participate in service-learning projects. These projects focus on community development, education environmental and conservation, health, working with children, construction or women's empowerment. One specific project students may participate in is the installation of cleaner-burning stoves. The goal of this project is to install alternative cooking stoves in the homes of rural Peruvians to decrease the number of lung and heart disease deaths cause by smoke inhalation from traditional wood-burning stoves without a chimney. Additionally, the clean-burning stoves are more efficient, so less wood is used, saving families time and money searching for or purchasing wood. While learning the construction process and working with local families to install stoves in their homes, students will have a chance to build personal relationships with community members and learn a little bit of Quechua.

Academics

Courses

All students who join the program will be enrolled in two MU courses for a total of six credit hours. Students may enroll in one of two tracks.

Track 1

SPAN 2160: Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation (3) is the first course following the required elementary sequence. It is designed specifically to correct any remaining weaknesses in gross writing skills and to develop further conversational ability with equal emphasis on both of these aspects. Classwork involves written compositions and oral presentations. Prerequisite: Spanish 2100 or equivalent. Course designation: service learning.

SPAN 3150: Advanced Spanish Conversation (3) puts into practice the linguistic skills learned at intermediate levels. It develops and increases the capacity for comprehension and oral expression in the language. The focus is on practice of certain syntactic structures and idiomatic expressions, and on the acquisition of new vocabulary. Prerequisite: Spanish 2160 or equivalent.

Track 2

SPAN 3150: Advanced Spanish Conversation (3) puts into practice the linguistic skills learned at intermediate levels. It develops and increases the capacity for comprehension and oral expression in the language. The focus is on practice of certain syntactic structures and idiomatic expressions, and on the acquisition of new vocabulary. Prerequisite: Spanish 2160 or equivalent.

SPAN 4960: Peruvian Culture (taught in Spanish) (3) will focus on, from a critical perspective, the most important cultural, historical and artistic processes that characterize Peruvian society, with particular focus on the city of Cusco. Students will study Peru from pre-Columbian through modern times. Prerequisite: Spanish 2160 or higher.

Academic credit

All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Faculty Program Director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue ONE transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.

Location

Host program

The MU International Center and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures sponsor this summer, faculty-led study abroad program. The program is hosted by ProWorld.

Accommodations and meals

Students will live with Peruvian families and eat all meals with their host families. This offers the unique opportunity to strengthen Spanish language skills and learn about everyday life in Peru. Each home stay has been carefully selected in order to accommodate students' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation.

Host city and surrounding areas

Cusco, Peru, at more than 11,000 feet above sea level, was the center of the mighty Inca Empire until Spanish conquistadors, led by Francisco Pizarro, conquered the city in 1533. Incan culture is still palpable in the city's architecture, language and society today. Cusco is best known as being a stop along the way to Machu Picchu, and many precious Incan artifacts can still be seen in the city's churches and museums. This beautiful city has just over 400,000 people and is a 40-minute drive from the breath-taking Sacred Valley, where students will do their service projects.

Excursions

Students will travel with the group, but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad.

Tentative Itinerary

  • June 3-5: Class at MU
  • June 7: Arrive in Lima
  • June 8: Arrive in Cusco, orientation
  • June 9: Excursion to Valle Sagrado/Pisac
  • June 10: Class
  • June 11: Service project
  • June 12: Class
  • June 13: Service project
  • June 14: Class
  • June 15: Excursion to Aguas Calientes
  • June 16: Excursion to Machu Picchu
  • June 17: Class
  • June 18: Service project
  • June 19: Class
  • June 20: Service project
  • June 21: Class
  • June 22-23: Excursion
  • June 24: Inti Raymi
  • June 25: Free day
  • June 26: Class
  • June 27: Service project
  • June 28: Class
  • June 29-30: Excursion to Valle de los Incas Pisac
  • July 1-2: Class
  • July 3: Finals
  • July 4: Free day
  • July 5: Arrival in Lima, end of program

Faculty Program Director

University of Missouri faculty member Lornaida McCune of the MU Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will accompany the students to Peru.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Lornaida McCune, Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator for Spanish 2100

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Lorna McCune serves as coordinator of Spanish 2100 and also teaches various courses including all three introductory levels of Spanish and Intermediate Conversation and Composition. Her general field of research is economic development with an emphasis in Latin America, in particular the Andean region of South America. As a cultural/economic anthropologist she focuses on the effects of socio-historic factors on economic development and growth. Currently she is completing coursework towards her doctorate at the University of Missouri.

 

 

Costs

Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End

We anticipate this program will be offered again in Summer 2015.

Application

We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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