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WFU/Peru (Summer)
Cuzco, Peru
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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2 semesters completed
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Program Description:
Tropical Biodiversity



Peru boasts magnificent natural and cultural diversity. It is considered the world's second-most diverse country for birds, as well as having the third-greatest mammal diversity, and the fifth-greatest plant diversity.  Not coincidentally, Peru was the ancient heartland of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations including the Chavín Civilization, Paracas Culture, and vast Inca Empire. Immersion in this setting allows students to see and experience the ways nature and culture mingle and how the past informs the present. On this program, we visit five of Peru's ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites and examine the co-mingling of flora, fauna, and geology with temples, parks, and residences. 

Summer Session I, 2015

Academic Programs

The intensive, field based Peru program provides hands on experiences in the wide range of environments Peru has to offer. The group travels by plane, train, boat, and bus to numerous sites over a three to four week period.  Upon arriving in Lima, students travel by bus to Paracas National Park, which receives less than 2mm of precipitation a year.  In Paracas, students learn about the desert climate and wildlife as they visit the guano islands, and learn about one of the Peruvian nation's earliest exports.  Then students travel over the Andes Mountains to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire where they explore the colonial city.  Along the way, students visit famous Inca ruins including Machu Picchu, sample local cuisine, and learn Quechua phrases.

Next, students descend through the cloud forest brimming with wild orchids and stunning birds before travelling on to Manu National Park, located in the Amazon basin. The group travels by boat down the Alto Madre de Dios River to their final destination, the Cocha Cashu Biological Station which is home to healthy populations of giant otters, peccaries, jaguars, and 13 species of monkey.  

Students take BIO 349 Tropical Biodiversity (4 hrs) which consists of daily lectures, readings, hands-on field research, and a final project.  At all the sites they visit, students will be collecting, analyzing, and identifying a wide variety of plant species.   BIO 349 count towards a minor in Environmental Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies. Majors in all disciplines are eligible to apply.


 Students will engage directly with the research programs of the professor and are encouraged to pursue projects of their own after the courses. Opportunities for fieldwork and internships are available.


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Students stay in a variety of accommodations including hotels, hostels, cabins, and tents.

The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories: 
*Program Fee -
Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2014 summer rate was $900/per credit hour.
Expect a slight increase for 2015.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.


Program Fee (estimated) - $3,500
Tuition (4 hrs, estimated) - $3,600
Airfare (estimated) - $1,300

Personal Expenses (estimated) ~ $400
Estimated total cost - $8,800

Selection Criteria
*Good academic standing

*Interest in Peruvian culture and biology

*No course prerequisites or language requirements

Please contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies for information on their summer scholarship.

Contact Information 

Dr. Miles Silman, Faculty Director and Associate Professor of Biology

Phone: (336) 758 5596








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