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AIM Overseas Biodiversity in Peru Short-term Study Abroad
Cusco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
Program Details:
Program Type:
Non-Exchange Short-Term
Short-term Type:
Coursework, Cultural Experiences, Field Trip, Site Visits
Short-term Duration:
4 weeks
Program Description:


Biodiversity in Peru

Location Cusco, Peru
Program dates January 6 2018 – February 3 2018
Application deadline September 15 2017
Duration 4 weeks

Host: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Provider: AIM Overseas

AIM Biodiversity Peru ST

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.

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Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject area: Life and Environmental Sciences, Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, Veterinary Biology, Agriculture
Academic credits: 3 US credits

Once you have applied to AIM Overseas they will provide you with the full course syllabus so that you can submit this to your faculty for academic credit assessment.

Useful Information 

Local 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.
 All accommodation in Cusco and whilst on field trips is provided by AIM Overseas.
In Cusco, students will be staying in twin-share rooms at the centrally located Casa Don Ignacio, minutes away from the airport, Main Square, Cathedral and USIL International Centre. Casa Don Ignacio is situated next to a clinic, shops, restaurants and banks. 


Program fee: $5,390 AUD

Program fee includes: 
- Tuition
- Accommodation
- Breakfast
- Cultural activities
- Field trips (inc. Machu Picchu and Tambopata Reserve)
- Airport pick-up
- AIM Overseas pre-departure service and support

Other costs: Airfare, visas, travel and health insurance, personal expenses.
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.

How to Apply

Applications for January 2018 are now open!
To apply to this program you need to submit an application to Sydney Abroad and AIM Overseas. The Sydney Abroad application will provide you with the ability to apply for academic credit towards your University of Sydney course. Once you have applied to AIM Overseas they will provide you with the program syllabus, which you will need to request approval from your faculty to receive academic credit towards your University course.

AIM Overseas have the final decision on whether you are accepted to participate in this program, however you faculty have the final decision on whether you are able to receive academic credit for this program. It is not a requirement of AIM Overseas programs that you are approved to receive academic credit.