College of Business & Technology

Machu Picchu

PERU - May 2014 (2 weeks)

Development in the Andes

Program Overview

A wide range of economic development is sweeping through Latin America. While the European Union is struggling, Latin America is advancing economically. Agriculture in particular is playing a significant role in strengthening the economy. Peru's climate and different geographical zones make it an important agricultural country, not only in the region but in the world market. Peruvian asparagus is a leading agricultural commodity as acreage has quadrupled since 1988. Also known as a major potato producer with over 3,000 varieties found in the country, Peru is home to the International Potato Research Center.

This Study Abroad Course examines the range of economic development in Peru. In the mountains, you will witness abject poverty and high unemployment rates and the impact this can have on an underdeveloped society. The rich cultural diversity of Peru can be found in the rural areas and cities visited. At the Research Center, you will learn about the manipulation of genetic materials for the betterment of society and the challenges that dissemination of these improved products can have within native populations. In addition, you will see first hand the impact of exports within the economic sphere.


Peru flag

Sponsored by the Center for International Studies
and the School of Agriculture

Course Information

  • Undergraduates - INAG 361 (Global Issues) or BAT 300 (Gen Ed/Multicultural)
  • Graduates - Bat 600
  • On-campus sessions: TBA Spring 2014
  • Students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Office of Study Abroad WIU
  • Class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.
  • Total enrollment is limited to 25 students

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  1. Completed at least 12 semester hours
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

Graduate Students

  1. Accepted to a graduate degree program
  2. Approval from department chair and graduate advisor
  3. Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

Course specific requirements:

  • BAT 300: Completed at least 45 hrs


Academic Information

Dr. Thomas Bruening
Knoblauch Hall 321
(309) 298-1611

Michelle Terry
Stipes Hall 133
(309) 298-1619

Study Abroad

Kim McDaniel
Memorial Hall 344
(309) 298-2504