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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring and/or Summer
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
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Program Description:
University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

Quechua Language in Cusco, Peru 


students hanging out in Cusco

Quechua was the language of the Inca Empire, and under Spanish colonial rule became the lingua franca of the Andes. Today it is the most widely spoken indigenous language of the Americas, with some 10 million speakers in Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina. To complement the academic year Quechua offerings in Ann Arbor, we invite you to participate in an intensive, immersing, unforgettable summer program in Cusco, Perú. Although the various dialects are mutually understandable, the Cusco dialect is usually considered the most important both for the actual number of its speakers, as well as for its historical prevalence in pre-colonial and colonial times. Knowledge of Quechua is essential for the training of researchers in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, planning to work in the Andes. 

Cusco, perched two miles up in the Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire and is now a  thriving, modern metropolis of nearly 400,000. Cusco is one of the most captivating cities in Latin America, with more than 1000 years of continuous history. The inhabitants of the city and the region are descended from the Quechua speaking groups that formed the core of the Inca Empire known in runasimi as Tawantinsuyu: the land of the 4 quarters.


  • Any class standing by program start date
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good academic standing
  • Intermediate level of Spanish required, as all the grammatical specificities are explained in Spanish. 
  • Program is open to both undergraduates and graduate students 
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Earn 9 Michigan Credits (140 contact hours, plus additional out-of-classroom activities related to the Quechua language) 

Students will participate in a 7 week intensive langauge program at Centro Tinku in Cusco. Centro Tinku is recognized as a Language center by local universities (UNSAAC and UGC) and the local department of the Peruvian Ministry of Education. The course aims at developing language skills with an appropriate methodology, based on written material prepared exclusively for our students, accompanied by graphics and audiovisual resources, as a way to connect them to the reality of Andean Quechua speakers. This is achieved through the acquisition of a basic knowledge of grammar and simple vocabulary, allowing for an entry-level communication with Quechua speakers, an easy approach to Andean culture and an understanding of their daily lives. 

Note: 3 levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) taught 4 hours a day, five days a week, plus a daily 2-hour workshop every afternoon where you will be able to get language and grammar support. A total of 140 language instruction contact hours per course is the equivalent of a full academic year on campus. To complement the language training, participants also experience a series of lectures on Quechua culture and history and are guided on an extensive program of excursions and cultural events. Enrollment will be limited to 10 at each level.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Summer 2019 Budget Estimate

Scholarships and Funding

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. 

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • Official U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure 
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.

Dates & Deadlines

June 18 - August 3, 2018


Centro Tinku values the idea of total cultural immersion through individual stays in selected Peruvian homes. For this, Centro Tinku has established networks of homestay families in Cusco. If you choosed to be housed in homestay, you will be staying in selected families, all of which have Quechua-speaking members. This will give you the opportunity to speak and interact with Quechua speakers in a real-life setting. Additionally, we are planning some travel to fiestas and traditional events where you will be able to test your linguistic skills. Centro Tinku can also offer limited accommodation inside our Center, where we have the option of a furnished apartment and a studio-loft available on demand.

Need to Know

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring and/or Summer 2020 02/01/2020
03/15/2020 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.