Semester Exchange

USIL – Peru

Institution: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola —

Location: Lima & Cusco, Peru —

USIL Fact Sheet 2020 

USIL Corporation

 LIMA

One of the largest cities in Latin America, the Peruvian capital offers just about everything. You can go paragliding above cliffs overlooking the Pacific coastline, visit Museo Larco to observe pre-Columbian artifacts, spend the day at the beach and enjoy big city nightlife. Often hailed as the world’s best food city, Lima is home to three of the world’s top 50 restaurants. Once you try the ceviche, ají de gallina and rocoto peppers, you’ll understand why. Lima’s parks along the”malecón”, or pier, provide the perfect place to walk in nature and gaze upon the Pacific Ocean’s stunning beauty.

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola welcomes international students to study at our Lima campus for a semester or a year, from March to July and/or August to December. As USIL is a bilingual university, international students can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English or Spanish in any of our 35 academic programs.

As part of the full exchange experience, international students often complement their studies with exploration of the varied and outstanding attractions, food, and culture that Peru has to offer.

CUSCO

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is nestled in the Andes Mountains at 11,000 feet. As you walk among the cobblestone streets of Cusco, you will hear Quechua and pan-flute music and observe traditional dress, too. Admire the 12-angled stone crafted by the Inca and contemplate the presence of colonial design at the church of Santo Domingo, constructed above the Inca temple of Coricancha. A must-visit city in Latin America, Cusco’s proximity to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site also named the one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, makes it an increasingly popular destination.

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola welcomes international students to study at the USIL Extension Center-Cusco for a semester, a year, or one of two five-week summer sessions. In Cusco, international students will have the opportunity to take courses instructed in English on a number of topics. Students may choose to live at USIL’s residence hall, La Casa de Don Ignacio – Cusco, or at family homestay for a more culturally immersive experience.

Website: usil.edu.pe

 

Study Dates Application Deadline
August – December 2019 September 1, 2018
August – December 2020 September 1, 2019
August – December 2021 September 1, 2020

 Tuition & Academic Fees:

Students will pay their regular Niagara College Tuition. Students are not required to pay the tuition of USIL. The only ‘additional’ academic expenses will be classroom materials such as textbooks.

Visa:

Students will enter Peru on a tourist visa and change their immigration status to student whilst in the country. The processing fee is US$30 and the visa can take up to 14 days to issue. If documents provided are not in Spanish they will need to be translated by a qualified translator. The visa can be renewed every three months at the Oficina de Migraciones. Work activities are not permitted on this visa. For the most up to date visa requirements please speak with an immigration specialist.

Accommodation:

Lima Campus:

The International Services Department will assist students in finding accommodation that best suits their needs including homestays and recommended student houses.

Cusco Campus:

The Cusco campus offers accommodation for international students at Casa Don Ignacio Cusco for $550.00 US per month. (depending on availability). This accommodation offers daily breakfast buffet, wifi, security, room cleaning service, tea station and a kitchen.

PAYMENT TERMS

PAYMENT AMOUNT

PAYMENT AMOUNT

*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

TRIP DESTINATION
Peru

Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email studentaccounts@niagaracollege.ca and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at beworldready@niagaracollege.ca on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to beworldready@niagaracollege.ca
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
 
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.
 
 

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email beworldready@niagaracollege.ca a copy/photo.

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