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School for Field Studies research station
One semester of college-level ecology or biology
18 years old
This program seeks to understand both the conflicts and synergies of conservation and development. Students will gain a sense of the richness of the Andes-Amazon region—biodiversity, social and cultural diversity, and ecosystem services—while exploring strategies for sustainable livelihoods in this highly productive and diverse region of South America.
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$350 IDEA fee per term abroad
Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.
Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.
Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.
Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.
Founded in 1917, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) is the oldest established private higher educational institution in Peru. Its impressive 90-acre campus, which is located in the busy commercial district of San Miguel, houses faculty buildings, a central library, computer facilities, the sports center, student cafeterias, and even an archaeological site. The University also has many research centers, including the Institute for Democracy and Humans Rights. Nearly 17,000 students study here.
Participants enroll directly in host University courses and take classes with Peruvian students. In addition, participants enroll in specially designed CIEE courses, which are taught in Spanish to CIEE students only. Spanish language courses are also taught exclusively to CIEE students by professors from the language institute, INIPUC, at PUCP.
Lima’s colonial legacy is reflected in the location of its main square on the banks of the city’s major river, in its numerous ornately constructed baroque churches, and in its historical homes with elaborately carved wooden balconies. A city of eight million, with neighborhoods sprawling out from the colonial center, Lima is peppered with archaeological sites. One need only to listen to Peruvian music, eat Peruvian food, and learn about its fascinating history and culture to observe the blending of indigenous, African, Spanish, European, and Asian cultures.
Overall GPA 2.75
Completion of Spanish 311 or above (completion of Spanish 313 recommended)
School for International Training study center
From your program base in the sacred city of Cuzco, you actively engage in Peru’s rich literary and artistic traditions through firsthand encounters with literary specialists, authors, artists, and artisans. Additional explorations in both the capital city of Lima and “revolutionary” Arequipa, as well as a rural home-stay with a Quechua-speaking family and a brief trip into the Peruvian Amazon are included.
Four recent semesters of college-level Spanish and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish. Students are expected to have a high level of Spanish reading comprehension
2.5 GPA minimum and sophomore standing.