Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Economics of Developing Countries - Peru

Economics of Developing Countries:Peru

Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture while focusing on various cultural, social, and political institutions shaping the country's economy. Learn about Peru's achievements, challenges and problems in the economic aspects of health, education, income, employment, etc.

Program Details
Location(s)  Cusco, Peru
Term   Spring 2018
Credit   ECON 379/679, 3 sh
Class Sessions In person on the Macomb campus April-May.  Exact dates/times TBA.
Travel Dates May 19-June 2, 2018
Housing   Hotels & Homestays
Passport Required
Program Eligibility
GPA 2.5
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   Yes
Pre-requisite None
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

About Program

What you will learn

Peru is one of the biggest countries in South America by population, geographic size and economy.  A large portion of the country is very rural, creating a divide betwen the needs of the cities and the rest of the country.  In this Study Abroad Course, immerse yourself in Peruvian culture while focusing on the various cultural, social, and political institutions that shape the country's economy.  You'll learn more about the Andean society with its achievements, challenges and problems in the economic aspects of health, education, income, employment, etc.  Visit rural communities to see projects initiated by local NGOs such as artisanal weaving, organic farming, and community-based tourism.


Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until December 15, 2018

Visa required if not a US citizen

US citizens receive tourist visa on arrival (free)


Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you will be on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through IMG .
Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - Expect to walk up to 5 miles a day on various surfaces, including uneven terrain, hills, and stairs.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.

Environmental - Dry with highs in the mid-60s and lows near 30; time in/near Cusco at high altitude (11,150 feet above sea level). You should discuss the potential effects of traveling to high altitudes with your health care provider.

Zika - Cases of Zika have been reported.  Pregnant women should not travel to Peru.  All other travelers should read about traveling to areas with Zika on the CDC website and discuss any concerns with your health care provider.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.


Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,100-$3,500
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double/triple occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline EXTENDED!!    December 3, 2017
Application fee $75 due December 7, 2017
Non-refundable deposit $800 due December 8, 2017
Second payment $1,000 due February 1, 2018
Final payment* $1,300-$1,700 due March 1, 2018

  * Costs are subject to change based on student enrollment

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: February 1, 2018  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

 Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2018



Credit offered

ECON 379 - Counts as an upper-division elective for ECON majors/minors.

ECON 679 - Counts towards completion of a MA in Economics

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.


Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Shankar Ghimire . 




Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. Shankar Ghimire
Faculty leader

Stipes Room 430