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Location Lima, Peru; Chincha Alta, Peru; Lima, Peru; Cusco, Peru
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/20/2019 - 07/22/2019
Estimated Program Fee $6,050
Credits 12
Prerequisites One year of Spanish at the college level or its equivalent is required. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies or Latin American and Caribbean History.
Program Directors Adam Warren |
Monica Rojas-Stewart
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Extended Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information

Program Description

By visiting three different regions of Peru, one of the most diverse countries in Latin America, this program offers students the opportunity to think critically about identity and diversity in a setting outside the United States. In particular, the program will focus on the study of Blackness and Indigeneity in Peru, and that focus will take two forms. First, students will study artistic production and expression both historically and through hands-on activities, including workshops in the plastic and performing arts with some of Peru's leading artists. In doing so, they will examine how Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous populations have used artistic expression to negotiate and creatively reinvent identity over time. Second, students will study the histories of Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous communities since Spanish colonization, the forms of discrimination they have confronted, and the means by which they have resisted, challenged, and endured in a society where racism has long been pervasive. The course will emphasize how this history of struggle has shaped the resilience of Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous populations in the present day. Students will thus gain not only a deep exposure to Peruvian history, society, culture, and artistic production, but also a sense of how the politics of diversity and multiculturalism work differently in Peru and the United States.




Lima, Peru; Chincha Alta, Peru; Lima, Peru; Cusco, Peru


Hotels and host families. This is a multi-sited program, in which students will spend time in both rural and urban parts of Peru. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

One year of Spanish at the college level or its equivalent is required. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies or Latin American and Caribbean History. Our program does not require that students participate in physically strenuous activities. Having said that, some of the locations may not be suitable for students with mobility issues. We may engage in light hiking. Furthermore, a portion of the program will take place in cities and towns located above 10,000 feet. Students whose physical health would be compromised at high altitude should not enroll in the program.


12 UW Quarter Credits


CHID 472N/A: History, Performance and the Politics of Blackness and Indigeneity in Multicultural Peru (5 credits) I&S

Examines how music, dance, and other forms of cultural and artistic expression have been used in Peru to engage the politics of historical memory and imaginations of Blackness and Indigeneity. Combines scholarship from anthropology, critical race studies, cultural studies, and performance studies with hand-on collaborative work with activists, artists and performers to think through the relationship between identity, political activism, and the arts in a multicultural setting different from the United States.

Learning goals include:
- Gain a broad understanding of how identity is articulated and activism is performed through artistic and cultural expression. - Gain a sense of how race is constructed and negotiated, and how racism operates and is contested, in a non-U.S. setting. - - Gain critical skills for analyzing and interpreting performance, based on scholarly approaches in anthropology, performance studies, and cultural studies. - Develop a critical analysis of the politics of cultural appropriation and the effects of inequality and globalization on cultural preservation. - Reflect on the politics of study abroad and the construction of relationships with collaborators in Peru and beyond. Goals will be assessed through discussions, reading response papers, and reflection papers.

HSTLAC 481: History of Peru and the Andean Region (5 credits) I&S

Traces the history of Peru specifically and the Andean highlands generally, from Inca times to the present, examining the shifting relationship between peasants, indigenous peoples, and the state. Analyzes historically why modern forms of peasant and indigenous political power differs radically between Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

Learning goals include:
- Gain a broad understanding of the history of Peru and the Andean highlands from Inca times to the present - Gain an understanding of how Indigeneity has been constructed, negotiated, and contested over time, and in particular the ways in which relations between Indigenous communities and the state have changed. - Gain critical skills in reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, as well as writing skills. Goals will be assessed through discussions, reading response papers, and reflection papers.

CHID 499: CHID independent study (2 credits) VLPA, I&S

In consultation with the program directors, students will undertake a project of their own choosing and design. Students may work independently or collaboratively in creating an artistic work or research paper incorporating the themes of the program. Examples of such projects include murals, theatrical performances, musical composition, creative writing, or empirical research. Students will be evaluated in terms of the engagement with local sources and experts, the creativity and feasibility of their research, the clarity of their research proposals, and the presentation of that proposal in a final symposium.

Learning goals include:
design a research project will clear research question(s), theoretical frameworks, and methods describe ethical issues in conducting research elaborate a research proposal (modeled on the Fulbright) present individual research proposals clearly and describe the contribution of their potential research to scholarly and artistic communities. Students will be evaluated in terms of the engagement with local sources and experts, the creativity and feasibility of their research, the clarity of their research proposals, and the presentation of that proposal in a final symposium.





Adam Warren
Associate Professor, History

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the African Studies programs at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,050

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $350 CHID Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about About $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.