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Yale Summer Session in Lima: Advanced Spanish Language and Culture of Peru through Art

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International Study Award (ISA)

The ISA provides a stipend for one credit-bearing summer study abroad experience for eligible undergraduates receiving a Yale scholarship. You must apply to Yale Study Abroad and be approved for a Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad or Non-Yale Summer Abroad program. Yale Study Abroad does not administer the ISA. For all ISA-related details, including how to request funding, when it gets disbursed, how much funding you can expect, and more, visit the ISA website.

Program Information


Lima, Peru




Saturday, June 15, 2024 to Saturday, July 20, 2024



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 or Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Rosamaría León 


Yale College Applicants: SPAN 140 (Intermediate Spanish II), 145 (Intensive Intermediate Spanish), or placement exam into L5.

Spanish placement exams are valid for one year. If you took a placement exam prior to July 2022, or if you need to confirm your Spanish language placement level, please contact Professor Jorge Méndez-Seijas at your earliest convenience. Students who do not have a valid placement by the YSS Programs Abroad deadline will not be eligible for a Spanish language YSS Program Abroad in 2023.

Note: Students who have met the pre-requisite by either receiving a 5 on the AP Spanish exam or having taken SPAN 140 or SPAN 145 at Yale do not need to take a placement exam, regardless of the amount of time that has passed.

Spanish placement tests will be offered January 24-January 29 for all Yale students who need it for their study abroad applications. Please contact Jorge Méndez-Seijas for more details.

Other Applicants: Completed four semesters of college-level Spanish at another institution?  Please contact Professor Jorge Méndez-Seijas prior to the application deadline.


[NOTE: Program details (overall status, dates, costs, etc.) are subject to change each summer, and the information on this page will be updated as such details are finalized.]

This is a language course that explores Peruvian culture through five different expressions of art: culinary, visual, dance, music and fashion. The two main objectives are to increase students’ written, oral, reading and listening proficiency towards the Advanced-Mid level of Spanish and to develop a global and cultural competence.

Peru is one of the most attractive countries in Latin America and Lima, its capital, is the fifth largest city in South America. It is the country’s commercial and industrial center and the dominant and most vibrant cultural center of Peru. Its landscape offers evidence of ancient civilizations as well as a metropolitan and cosmopolitan sightseeing. Lima is recognized for its culinary culture with multiple Michelin-starred restaurants.  Lima has a year-round temperate climate, average temperature ranges 60-64 (16-18 C) in the winter months of May to November. It houses around 9 million people.

In this course, students will learn about important landmarks of Peru’s history. Many sessions will be conducted in museums, markets, and archeological sites. Students will reflect and will write daily, also they will conduct interviews and videos about Peruvian people and society. The course is designed on a project-based model where students will learn by doing. Guided by experts in the field of visual art, culinary arts, dance, and textile and fashion design, students will learn history and language by curating their own virtual galleries. Students will study, interact with professors and students from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), and live with Peruvian host families.

The course has two components, and the following is a tentative schedule of classes:
• Regular classes will meet Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Seminar Discussions will occur every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (5 guest speakers)
• Required guided excursions and workshops will happen every Thursday (10 hours direct instruction time)
• Trip to Ica (3 days- weekend)

Participants choose to receive credit in either LAST or SPAN at the time of application.

Learn about study abroad in Spanish and hear more details about this YSS Program Abroad. This session also covers details on the Spanish major and Spanish certificate. 


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2024 Budget

Trips and Activities

Trips and activities are included as examples only.

This course has a cultural component in which twice a week, students will explore the city through short trips to various museums and city’s landmarks. Also, there will be three workshops about culinary, curatorial work and native dancing with hands-on and performing activities. There is also a plan for a three-day weekend field trip to reflect about native art expressions outside of Lima.


[NOTE: Students are required to stay in program-provided housing.  There is no option for individually-arranged housing.]

Students will live with carefully selected host families in Lima, who will provide both breakfast and dinner daily. Living conditions and distance to PUCP, where classes will be held, will vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Lima on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Rosamaría Leon. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

Important Information Before Applying

  • All YSS Programs Abroad are intensive, highly structured academic programs for Yale credit and grades.
  • Students may only apply to one YSS Program Abroad per summer.
  • Admission is not guaranteed. Applicants should anticipate that more students will apply than there are spots available, and Yale College students should apply to a backup Non-Yale Summer Abroad opportunity.
  • Ensure that your transcript reflects how you have met the pre-requisite, if applicable, prior to applying.
  • Participants must commit to the full program dates. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.
  • Participants are required to be enrolled in all program courses.
  • Participants should expect evening and weekend requirements. Students who have questions about religious observance during a YSS Program Abroad are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.
  • Program-arranged housing is required for all YSS Programs Abroad. Students are not permitted to secure independent housing. Students who have housing-related questions about placements, allergies, religious observance, or disability-related access are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.

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