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Cusco, Peru ENGR 3000: Engineering, Diversity, Global Experience, and Service (EDGEs)

Imagine your winter break, experiencing Peru’s rich culture and history, while taking in the magnificent feats of Incan engineering like Machu Picchu, and connecting with a community by providing vital services to those in need!

Finding your EDGEs is an award-winning academic program that combines social science and engineering curricula to provide students with hands on leadership, diversity, and project management skills in a global context. It is a unique offering created by the College of Engineering’s Office of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives and the Engineering Study Abroad office to spearhead collaborations that provide low cost opportunities for students to gain a global experience while giving back to the global community.

The goal of this course is to introduce students 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 via the pre-departure classes learning about engineering across the world with, as well as gain competencies related to leadership and professional development through in-country site visits and hands-on service opportunities abroad in Peru.

Program Description

Students will spend one week in the former Incan capital city of Cusco visiting global companies as well as historic and cultural site visits, including Machu Picchu. The second week of adventures is based in the rural region surrounding Lake Titicaca, where students will be involved in global engineering service learning!

Courses and lectures will be taught in English. Spanish language skills are not required, but may prove useful in-country.

All students are required to participate in a 6-week pre-departure course that will begin October 17th, with an additional three weeks classes upon your return to the college in January.  Additional details on the pre-departure and post-departure class details will be established once applications are finalized.

No course prerequisites. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in order to participate in the program.

Program Dates

Students will depart Missouri for Peru on January 7, 2019 and return to the United States on January 16, 2019.


Cusco, Peru

Luquino, Peru

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Peru on an organized group flight
Day 2-3: Visit the Sacred Valley and tour Machu Picchu, high in the Andes mountains.
Day 4-5: Visit engineering companies and businesses throughout Cusco before departing for our service location.
Day 6-9:  Interact with Peruvian locals while completing service projects and participating in community activities with the locals before departing for home.  Service projects could include water sanitation efforts, renewable energy installation, and wastewater treatment development.
Day 10: Return to the United States.


Program Fee: $3,300*

*Includes housing, international health insurance, Engineering Study Abroad fees, International Center fees, cultural excursions, partner university lectures, company visits and some meals.

Additional Costs

  • Tuition & Educational Fees (3 credits hours):$1,516*

*Based on Missouri Resident tuition & fees

  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,200
  • Personal Expenditure Estimates

Meals & Local Transportation $400

Click here to check itemized costs for Missouri Residents.

Click here to check itemized costs for Non-Residents.

These budgets are an estimate valid at the time of printing and are subject to change.  Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided. The given amounts are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host program or institution. 

Financial Aid

All eligible students may apply for scholarships through the College of Engineering Study Abroad programs found here.

Financial Aid packages are typically granted in the form of low-interest student loans that cover all trip related expenses (tuition, fees, accommodations, activities and personal expenses)

To be considered for aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a study abroad trip
  • Complete your financial aid worksheet with your study abroad advisor
  • Take the sheet to Student Financial Aid in 11 Jesse Hall to meet with a financial aid advisor (no appointment necessary or an appointment can be made through MU Connect).

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule.


Applications can be submitted here.
First come, first serve basis until the course is full (Limited to 30 students).
Registration deadline: October 12, 2018

Course Instructor

Dr. Tojan Rahhal

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