Classes offered in English and Spanish The majority of Peruvian students know English Local Peruvian students are the majority in all classes (rarely will it be just international students) Spanish Placement Tests are taken at orientation in order to be placed in the appropriate course: advanced, intermediate, beginner Recommendation: If hoping to learn the language, take at least one or two courses taught in Spanish besides the Spanish class
Student body is significantly smaller than KSU 95 international students in fall of 2011 Peruvian students are VERY hospitable to international students Professors are genuinely excited to have international students in their classes and are very helpful Peruvians are very social, and other international students are looking to make friends and experience all the Lima has to offer! For this, it is very easy and fun to meet new people, get involved and make new friends quickly!
Will take place during orientation at USIL Will be assisted by the international office on campus HIGHLY RECOMMEND: ensuring that you’re courses are preapproved by KSU Only given roughly a week to change courses, so this is important that you know what will and will not transfer
USIL is known as a good international university for the following career paths: Business Engineering and Architecture Hospitality and Tourism Gastronomy (Chef school is HUGE) For this, the majority of the classes offered are in these areas of study
0-20; with 10 as a passing grade in most courses May be subjective to course or teacher USIL Grading Scale Definition KSU Grading Scale 18-20A- Excellent90-100% 15-17.99B- Good80-99.99% 12-14.99C- Average70-79.99% 10-11.99D- Below Average60-69.99% Below 10F- FailingBelow 60%
Beginning of academic year: August 15 National Holiday: August 30 (No classes) National Holiday: November 1 (No classes) Finals and End of Semester: December 5-9 *Note: Any exams needing to be made up or retaken will be given the week after finals (Dec. 12-16) Inter-semester vacation: Mid-December to beginning of March (This serves as Peru’s summer break) Check the USIL website for specific dates for each academic semester
USIL does have off-campus dorms options, and offers these to any students on a first come, first serve basis Dorms located in Miraflores (a district in Lima, about a 30 minute bus ride to USIL) Many international students use these, but as these are popular, there is often a waiting list, and it is not advised to bank on this housing if it is not already set up upon arrival Most Peruvian students live at home
Home Stay: Living with a Peruvian family; many are available when studying abroad with a program. Meals and cleaning are provided. Residencia: Living in a home with 5-10 other international students. Must prepare your own meals with this option. Dorms: USIL dorms house international and Peruvian students. Must prepare your own meals with this option. Other: Find your own apartment or reside in a Hostel for the duration of your stay. Most Peruvian students live at home with their families
GET READY… Traffic is CRAZY and it is much different than in Kansas! Use public transportation of the following: CONVIs and MICROS are small vans and buses which will pack in as many people as will fit. Cost roughly 1- 1.50 soles to get from one destination in Lima to another. Each has a specific route and will yell out their destinations for passengers to know which to use. TAXIS are very inexpensive in Lima and can be shared between passengers.
WARM CLOTHES! Yes, it is Peru, but August is their COLDEST month in WINTER! 60 degrees on average. By October, the weather begins to be hot again. Be prepared for summer weather again by this month. Adapter and converter- most outlets are A or C in Lima Laptop is useful with school work and keeping in touch with friends and family back home. Empty small duffle bag for weekend trips
Toiletries and any hair dryers or straighteners you want. Voltage is different and can damage your appliance and your hair (consider splitting a straightener with a friend instead of buying a nice one yourself) School supplies (Paper is NOT typical 8x11, but is longer. Many of the notebook paper to take notes on is graphing paper) DVDs, bags, jewelry, souvenirs- all can be found very CHEAP in Lima!
Important Words to Know while Traveling: El boleto: ticket El vuelo: flight La puerta: gate El reclamo de equipaje: baggage claim El talón: baggage claim ticket Aduana: customs Inmigración: immigration Some signs will be in English, but the majority of employees in the airport will not speak English
Taca Airlines www.taca.com Copa www.copaair.com SPIRIT Airlines www.spirit.com
Machu Picchu in Cusco is a MUST-SEE! If you do no other traveling, make sure to visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World- Machu Picchu! Junín! Andes mountains and Central Jungle, all in one area Iquitos! Amazon River and Rainforest Ica! Peruvian desert Lake Titicaca! Located in Puno, the lake border Bolivia and Peru Mancora! The most incredible beaches in Peru and located in northern Peru near Ecuador. Hot weather year round
Nuevo soles are used Cambistas are money changers on streets; can bargain with them for a better exchange rate Avoid international fees with banks by changing cash on the street or in shops Rate is approximately $1= 2.72 soles (Sept. 2011)
Recommendations: Alpaca (Much like a llama, the meat tastes similar to steak and is very rich) Cuy (Guinea Pig- it’s a delicacy here and worth trying) Aji de Gallina (Delicious chicken dish over rice) Ceviche (Mixture of seafood- Incredible, even if you are not a big seafood fan) Chifa (Fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisine) Pollo a la Brasa (The best roasted chicken you will ever have) Papa Rellena (Baked potato stuffed with meat and veggies)
Lima, especially in the districts surrounding the university, is a safe city in Peru Even as a girl, I go for runs around the city alone Lima has around 9 million people and for this, there are always people out in the streets at all hours of the day and night. One must be careful though to not be pick-pocketed and to guard valuables (i.e. blackberry cell phone) while walking in a crowded area Another concern is taking taxis late at night, not always safe to do alone
Check to see if your cell phone is unlocked for international use…if it is, simply take it abroad and buy a new SIM card in Lima If you don’t bring your own phone, go to a Wong or Metro grocery store, Saga Falabella, Totus or other large department stores, and buy a phone and a pay-as-you go plan. For most plans, it only costs to send, and not to receive, texts and calls. So, if someone needs to get a hold of you and you’re out of credit, they can still call you You can buy a cell phone for around 60 soles (roughly $20) and put minutes on for a cheap rate at any of the stores listed above, or pharmacies as well. Don’t overlook the benefits of programs like Skype, Gmail chat, and Yahoo chat. All three offer video chat options, which are free!
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola - USIL International Office Av. La Fontana 550, La Molina Lima - Peru Phone: (511) 317-1000 Ext. 3220 Fax: (511) 317-1000 Ext. 3226 For direct contact with a representative via email in USIL’s international office, email Saúl Cieza at: firstname.lastname@example.org