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AIM Overseas Biodiversity in Peru Short-term Study Abroad
Cusco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Summer (Dec - Feb)
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|Restrictions:||Sydney applicants only|
|Program Type:||Non-Exchange Short-Term||Short-term Type:||Coursework, Cultural Experiences, Field Trip, Site Visits|
|Short-term Duration:||4 weeks|
Biodiversity in Peru Short-term Study Abroad
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
|Program description|| AIM Overseas’ partner in Peru, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, teaches this fascinating program on Biodiversity in Peru.
The course takes place in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, a world heritage site located in the Urubamba Valley of the Andes Mountain Range.
Peru is home to a diversity of ecosystems offering a variety of climatic, geologic and ecological environments. Peru hosts about 25,000 plants species (10% of the world total) and is first in number of fish species, second in bird and fauna, third in amphibians and in mammals, and fifth in reptiles. Peru’s mega biodiversity is one of the pillars of its national economy, and the goal of this program is to give students the skills to analyse the components of the Peruvian biodiversity and to identify the tools to make sustainable use possible. Peru is known as one of the world’s top 12 most biodiverse countries in the world.
The course takes full advantage of the location and is a great mix of 45 hours of lectures, plus additional sites visits, field trips and cultural activities, making for a very dynamic program.
Over four weeks you’ll study topics such as conservation, biosphere reserves, the rainforest ecosystem, Peruvian species and biodiversity, uses of biodiversity (in crops and medicine) and much, much more.
|Relevant subject areas||Life and Environmental Sciences, Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, Veterinary Biology, Agriculture
|Program dates||7 January – 4 February 2017
|Application deadline||Friday, 30 September 2016
|Places available||AIM Overseas programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.
|Eligibility criteria||When researching the AIM Overseas programs, be sure to consider whether you meet the published pre-requisites. You should contact AIM Overseas for course syllabi and discuss whether the program meets your academic requirements by discussing it with your course coordinator at the University of Sydney.
|Credit/Not-for-credit||Please contact your faculty office with the below form or email to submit an application for credit. Participation in any AIM Overseas program does not guarantee credit and will require faculty assessment of individual applications-for-credit.
Please ensure you include in the email:
Agriculture & Environment
Coordinator – undergraduate services
|Language||Classes are instructed in English.
|Fees and scholarships||2017 Total Program Fee: $5,290 AUD
OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.
|Location overview||Cusco, the foremost city of the Inca Empire, is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continents oldest continuously inhabited city. It has a rich cultural heritage and is the home of Machu Picchu – the lost Incan City, which is the best-known and most spectacular archaeological site on the continent.
Nearly half of Peru is covered by the world’s largest rainforest – the Amazon. As well as thousands of fascinating plant and animal species, this huge jungle is home to hundreds of Amerindian tribes, some of which may never have seen the outside world! In Peru the wildest landscapes – from frozen Andean peaks to the deep Amazon – help us re-forge our connection to the natural world.
Beyond that, the cuisine alone makes it worth the trip. Peruvian cuisine is among the most varied and best in the world. It’s a reflection of its three main geographical zones, the coast, the Andean highlands and the jungle, and an incorporation of influences from different times and immigrant cultures.
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