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Study Abroad Opportunities in Peru

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ENGR 3000: Global Leadership for Engineers – Peru – May-mester 2020

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This 3-hour course is credited as an upper-level humanities or social science.

With the goal to train our engineers to be successful in the 21st century global competitive market, this course will provide students with a unique introduction to the importance of diversity and inclusivity as an engineer and a global leader. Students will assess their cultural competency and work on intercultural development, as well as gain competencies related to leadership and professional development through hands-on service opportunities in Peru. This seminar-based course will also introduce the culture and history of Peru though classrooms lectures and cultural excursions.

It is open to all MU majors, UM System students, and SEC students.

 Dates

The proposed travel dates are tentatively set for May 17 – 28, 2020.

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 7, no later than 5pm.

Program Highlights

  • Complete engineering service through a community development project along the shores of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru;
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu;
  • Tour the ancient city of Cuzco, which was the capital of the Incan Empire until the 16th century
  • and much more…

 

General Requirements

No course pre-requisites, but students should have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of travel.

Prior to the official program dates, there will be six weeks of mandatory pre-departure classes held in Lafferre Hall.  These classes will start the foundation of building your cross-cultural competencies, leadership skills, and professional development, as well as introduce you to the culture and history of Peru.

Program Details

Travel Date

The proposed travel dates are tentatively set for May 17 – 28, 2020.

Locations

  • Lima
  • Cuzco
  • Lake Titicaca region
  • with stops in the Sacred Valley and Puno

Accommodations will be confirmed closer to the departure date.  Typically, students stay in 3-star hotels, lodges, or bed-and-breakfasts and will share triple or quad rooms.

Breakfast will be included daily, as well as most arranged lunches and dinners.

While Spanish is the main language used in Peru, most students are able to communicate easily with English in most restaurants and shops.  It is useful to learn some of the basic lingo in Spanish before your journey, but you will not need to be fluent!

There are no course pre-requisites, but students should have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of travel.

Prior to the official program dates, there will be six weeks of mandatory pre-departure classes held in Lafferre Hall.  These classes will start the foundation of building your cross-cultural competencies, leadership skills, and professional development, as well as introduce you to the culture and history of Peru.

A group flight for the program will be arranged for all students, faculty, and staff participating on the program.  Typically, these group flights are arranged out of St. Louis Lambert Airport; however, if you need to adjust your flight out of a different location or change the dates, please complete this form and any flight accommodations will be adjusted before February 11, 2020*.

*If you are planning to participate in the 6-week course option or are planning to travel post-program, you will need to complete the travel adjustment form so your group flight will accommodate your varied needs.  If you have questions about how to complete this form, please stop by your Study Abroad Office in W1037 Lafferre Hall.

If you find out that you must withdraw from the program, it is your responsibility to notify the College of Engineering Study Abroad Office.  Penalties for withdrawal are determined based on the date that you have notified the office of your updated status.

Before you leave for any study abroad program, you must have a passport.  Passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end dates of your time abroad.  If you already have a passport, make sure that the dates will align with your program period to ensure that you do not need to renew before leaving the United States.  If you have not already applied for your passport, you will need to do so immediately.

No special visas are required to travel to/from Peru at this time for U.S. citizens.

See our itemized budget sheet for the May-Mester (Spring) Program in Peru.  Please review this information when registering for the study abroad program.  The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates, projected program enrollment, and the information provided to us by local hosts or program coordinators.

You may spend more or less than the figures provided, depending on your personal spending habits.

Please note that these expenses do not include travel or sightseeing activities outside of the program itinerary.

Cost Breakdown

Included Expenses

  • Round trip airfare to/from Peru
  • All in-country transfers and local transportation
  • Accommodations for all nights
  • Daily breakfast, as well as some lunches and dinners (as well as meals to be served during flights)
  • All program activities, company visits, and admission fees
  • MU Tuition and fees

Expenses not Included

  • Airport transfers to/from St. Louis Lambert Airport
  • Any meals not included in the official itinerary
  • Personal expenses not associated with official program activities, such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Passports, passport renewals, or passport applications fees
  • Cell phone services and international data plans

Schedule of Payments

Charges for your study abroad program are arranged by the College of Engineering Study Abroad office, and all tuition and fees will be charged to your account in the same way that all other courses are charged through MyZou.

Bills are typically generated on or around the 20th of each month and are due the 15th of the following month (or the next Monday if it falls on a weekend). Students have two options for making payments, the first is to pay the balance in full, which will avoid any finance charges, while the second option is to make minimum payments until the full amount is paid.

Application Process

Application Checklist – Steps You Complete

  1. Complete your College of Engineering Study Abroad application form.
  2. Receive your acceptance letter and financial planning spreadsheet from the Study Abroad office.
  3. Apply for any applicable scholarships or financial aid.
  4. Apply for your passport (and visas, if necessary).
  5. Complete all post-decision documentation on your MyStudyAbroad.
  6. Pay attention to your e-mail in case additional details are requested to arrange your travel.

Steps Completed by the Study Abroad Office

  • Providing your official acceptance letter and financial planning spreadsheet.
  • Creating your initial MyStudyAbroad account.
  • Registering you for courses through MyZou.
  • Registering you for the mandatory health insurance coverage.
  • Facilitating or arranging group flights to/from program locations.

Finances

See our itemized budget sheet for the May-Mester (Spring) Program in Peru.  Please review this information when registering for the study abroad program.  The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates, projected program enrollment, and the information provided to us by local hosts or program coordinators.

You may spend more or less than the figures provided, depending on your personal spending habits.

Please note that these expenses do not include travel or sightseeing activities outside of the program itinerary.

Cost Breakdown

Included Expenses

  • Round trip airfare to/from Peru
  • All in-country transfers and local transportation
  • Accommodations for all nights
  • Daily breakfast, as well as some lunches and dinners (as well as meals to be served during flights)
  • All program activities, company visits, and admission fees
  • MU Tuition and fees

Expenses not Included

  • Airport transfers to/from St. Louis Lambert Airport
  • Any meals not included in the official itinerary
  • Personal expenses not associated with official program activities, such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Passports, passport renewals, or passport applications fees
  • Cell phone services and international data plans

Schedule of Payments

Charges for your study abroad program are arranged by the College of Engineering Study Abroad office, and all tuition and fees will be charged to your account in the same way that all other courses are charged through MyZou.

Bills are typically generated on or around the 20th of each month and are due the 15th of the following month (or the next Monday if it falls on a weekend). Students have two options for making payments, the first is to pay the balance in full, which will avoid any finance charges, while the second option is to make minimum payments until the full amount is paid

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Our College of Engineering is committed to your training and development as a global leader in engineering and offers a variety of scholarships to assist students with study abroad costs.  Submit your application now or stop by the Student Success Office in Lafferre Hall W1025 for more information.  Find our available scholarships and more information about financial aid for study abroad programs.

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