La Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola

In La Molina District in Lima, Perú
Lima, Peru
Located in: La Molina
District of Lima, Peru
Av. La Fontana 550, La
Molina Lima - Perú
 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
 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
USIL Grading
KSU Grading
A- Excellent
B- Good
C- Average
D- Below Average
Below 10
F- Failing
Below 60%
 0-20; with 10 as a
passing grade in most
 May be subjective to
course or teacher
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 11.50 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
 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
 Copa
 SPIRIT Airlines
 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
 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
Papa Rellena (Baked potato stuffed with meat and
 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:
 [email protected]

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