Study in Cusco

Study in Cusco



The San Ignacio de Loyola Organization has a decentralization strategy for the purpose of providing an education based on extensive knowledge of our country. For this reason, during the early months of the year 2010, it refurbished the pre-Hispanic and colonial structures of a building located in the historic center of the city of Cusco.

On April 15, 2010, the founding president of the organization, Raúl Diez Canseco Terry, officially opened the USIL Cusco Extension Center during a ceremony attended by the city’s authorities and well-known personalities. Since then, the center has offered different academic programs aimed at satisfying the needs of the city, neighboring regions and nearby countries.

The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola Cusco Extension Center gives young entrepreneurs from all over the world the opportunity to take important courses, in addition to learning about the traditions and historical legacy of the imperial city.



Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola offers the international Semester in Cusco program. In this program, international students can register for a regular semester, which lasts 5 months. This is a wonderful opportunity to study and live in Cusco, the best known and most important city in South America, and to visit Machu Picchu, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

The Semester in Cusco program is held at the USIL International Extension Center, where courses are taught in Spanish and English.

Our students are able to take 5 of the following courses in the program:

  • Contemporary Peruvian Society and Culture 
  • Basic Spanish 
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • History of the Inca Civilization 
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Inca Architecture
  • Art and Design in Cusco
  • Latin American Literature
  • Biodiversity of Peru
  • Photography
  • Nutrición Andina
  • Literatura Latinoamericana (estudiantes con español avanzado)
  • Introducción a las Comunicaciones
  • Comunicación Escrita
  • Comunicación Intercultural
  • Comercio Internacional: Importaciones y Exportaciones
  • Negocios en el Perú y Latinoamérica



In the city of Cuzco, international students take courses at our International Extension Center and live at our university residence, La Casa Don Ignacio. Students can take a number of courses, some of which are taught in English and others in Spanish. For example, there are courses related to the history of the Incas, the contemporary culture of our country and South America, techniques for taking photos in the top tourist destination among South American cities, among other subjects. Students are required to take a Spanish test to determine whether their level is beginner, intermediate or advanced.