The Incan Civilisation: One of the greatest and most mysterious that the world has ever experienced. Set in the incredible surrounds of Cusco, Peru, this unique program will give you an unrivalled opportunity to learn about and explore the world of the Ancient Incan Empire.
This program is taught by AIM Overseas’ partner University, the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola over three magnificent weeks. Students will examine Peru from its pre-Hispanic roots focusing on one of the major civilisations of the pre-Columbian world, The Incas. This course explores issues relating to Inca ideology, their economic and social organisation, their connection between the government and religion, and emphasises their cultural and material legacy. It utilises a variety of sources, including the examination of scholarly documents, a number of guided visits to archaeological places, and museums.
Utilising experts in Incan History, the program explores the Incan civilisation from the classroom as well as during field trips to world-renowned sites. This course will take you trekking up Machu Picchu, the mysterious ruins formed in the 15th century, now named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. What’s also quintessential, is the fact that you will witness the ancient temples and rituals of the Inca’s, exploring the giant walls and structures built over 500 years ago!
Through the visits to archaeological ruins, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and many other places, you will come to comprehend the remarkle lives of the Inca’s.
For anyone with an interest in ancient history, South America, Peru or civilisation in general, this program provides an exceptional opportunity to not only learn about the Incas, but to do so whilst visiting the places where they lived and walked for centuries.
** Details to the program are still subject to final change **
‘The highlights of the program were the real and authentic nature of the learning experience. My experience extended beyond the classroom in engaging with the real world around it and the real life implications of the Inca civilisation.’
—– Amanda Stoddart, University of Newcastle
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Site Visits and Cultural Activities
All excursions are designed to around the theme of both cultural and historic understanding. The excursions will include:
Mandor Waterfalls and Ecological Reserve (Day One): Day one of this two day series begins with a pleasant hike through both the Butterfly Park and waterfalls which are located within the Reserve. This is a highly sought after trip for biologists and naturalists alike. The park is located about 1 hour from Aguas Calientes and is a brimming with the many species of birds, butterflies, and wildlife that live in the high forest. This unique hike will allow students to see aspects of the park unseen by the average visitor. A box lunch and local guide are included.
Huanya Picchu and Machu Picchu (Day Two): The next day of this dual excursion begins at 6:00 AM with a guided sunrise trip to the enchanting HuanyaPicchu, and then on to the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. This guided trek includes cultural and ecological insights as well as the once in a life time views and experiences that are the trademarks of this important excursion. Entrance fees, hotel accommodations, box lunch, breakfast, and tour guides are included.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: This full day trip departs at 7:30 AM in order to begin its journey at the Archeological Park of Pisac. After a pleasant 2 hour walk participants will arrive in the small artisanal market of Pisac. The journey will then continue onto Ollantaytambo, and then to Urubamba for lunch. The journey then winds its way to Moray and Chinchero, ultimately returning to the city of Cusco. The trip includes private transportation and all necessary entrance fees.
Ruta del Barroco Andino: Cuturally and artstically themed excursion which shows the influence of colonial art and syncretism. It is a full day tour and includes visits to 3 churches Andahuaylillas Canincunca and Huaro.
Puno and Lake Titicaca: Travel and visit Puno and Lake Titicaca for this epic two day trip to the southern region of the Peruvian Andes, home to the world’s highest altitude lake. For this two day trip, students will leave Cusco on Friday night at 9:00 pm and arrive in Puno on Saturday at 6:00 am. After a brief stay in Puno, students and guides will then board a boat to visit the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca. The students will stay the night with a vetted host family on the islands. The group will then would return to Puno for an evening departure to Cusco, arriving on Monday at 5:00 am.
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
In Lima, USIL has three main campuses located in residential areas where undergraduate and graduate students take different programs. USIL has more than 22 academic programs and over 8,000 local students enrolled in 2011. The campuses have a library, a restaurant, pastry shop, WiFi throughout, academic services, sports areas, a social responsibility office, and more. USIL hosts more than 350 international students per year and local faculty and students are used to having them in class.
The USIL International Center belongs to the San Ignacio de Loyola Organization, which has over 40 years of experience in education with an entrepreneurial perspective that is also at the heart of all the programs designed in Cusco.
The USIL International Center facilities are the following:
- Fully equipped classrooms with WiFi
- Fully equipped computer and language lab with WiFi Fully equipped conference room
- Faculty lounge Student lounge Emergency area Main patio Restrooms
University and Faculty
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
In Lima, USIL has three main campuses located in residential areas where undergraduate and graduate students take different programs. The campuses have a library, a restaurant, pastry shop, WiFi throughout, academic services, sports areas, a social responsibility office, and more. USIL hosts more than 350 international students per year and local faculty and students are used to having them in class.
USIL also has its Culinary Arts School with different programs that amaze local and international chefs and students. The building has several demo classrooms, pastry and baking labs, and kitchens where classes are held, plus its own restaurant and pastry shop open to the public, an auditorium, and more.
In Cusco, the USIL International Centre (Extension Centre) was created to offer different programs to local and international students in Peru’s most important city. USIL has different academic programs designed to provide education in fields such as Business, Hospitality and Tourism; Spanish as a foreign language; cultural courses such as History of the Inca Civilisation and Latin American Literature; and it continues to create more customised programs.
The USIL International Centre belongs to the San Ignacio de Loyola Organisation, which has over 40 years of experience in education with an entrepreneurial perspective that is also at the heart of all the programs designed in Cusco.
The USIL International Centre facilities are the following:
- Fully equipped classrooms with WiFi
- Fully equipped computer and language lab with WiFi
- Fully equipped conference room
- Faculty lounge
- Student lounge
- Emergency area
The lecturer of the program is Prof. Vera Tyuleneva. she obtained a BA in History and Art History (State University of Saint Petersburg, Russia); MA in Anthropology (European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia); PhD in History (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Andean Studies Program). She is also the author of several books on social sciences, artist, curator and cultural manager.
Accommodation is provided both during the program in Cusco and whilst on field trips.
In Cusco, you’ll stay in a twin-share room at Casa de Don Ignacio.
Casa de Don Ignacio in Cusco is strategically located 5 minutes from the airport, and 5 minutes by taxi or 10 minutes on foot from the Main Square, Cathedral or USIL International Center. There is a clinic next door, and shops, restaurants, ATM’s, banks, handicraft stores, and more nearby.
How to get there
If you are at the Main Square (in front of the Cathedral), go to corner of the square where El Sol Avenue starts. Then, just walk three blocks down El Sol Avenue to Garcilazo Avenue (on El Sol Ave., you will pass the Court House, banks, the Koricancha temple, the Immigration Office, and the post office). Turn right on Garcilazo Avenue (the post office is on this corner) and walk one block to Pardo Ave. and turn left. Casa Don Ignacio is halfway down the block.
Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It is made up of a variety of landscapes, including mountains, deserts, rainforests and beaches. Most people live along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where the capital, Lima, is located.
Cusco, is the foremost city of the Inca Empire, it is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continents oldest continuously inhabited city. It has a rich cultural heritage and is the home of Machu Picchu – the lost Incan City, which is the best-known and most spectacular archaeological site on the continent.
Peru is the molten core of South America, a distillation of the oldest traditions and the finest building, weaving and art made by the most sophisticated cultures on the continent. Nearly half of Peru is covered by the world’s largest rainforest – the Amazon. As well as thousands of fascinating plant and animal species, this huge jungle is home to hundreds of Amerindian tribes, some of which may never have seen the outside world! In Peru the wildest landscapes – from frozen Andean peaks to the deep Amazon – help us re-forge our connection to the natural world.
It is also a cultural stew, where diverse peoples live side by side, negotiating modern life with humour and aplomb. The people of Peru are a diverse mix of different cultures, including indigenous people: Spaniards and other Europeans, descendants of African slaves and Asians. Until recently, most people lived in the countryside, but now more than 70 percent live in cities. Most Peruvians follow the Catholic religion introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century.
Beyond that, the cuisine alone makes it worth the trip. Peruvian cuisine is among the most varied and best in the world. It’s a reflection of its three main geographical zones, the coast, the Andean highlands and the jungle, and an incorporation of influences from different times and immigrant cultures. While the Peruvian cuisine only is recognised internationally in the last few years, food and its preparation is one important part of the Peruvian culture and a very personal way to express the Peruvian identity.
Credit and Funding
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $40 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (15th September) are required to email email@example.com or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $40 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.
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