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The Summer Session of the University of Virginia Program in Perú will take place:
In 2011
, from May 23rd to July 3rd. Classes will start on the first Wednesday after arrival in Lima May 27th, and end five weeks later June 29th, with a mid-program stay in Tarma scheduled for the third week of the session (June 9th and June 19th ).
In 2012
, from May 21st to July 1st. Classes will start on the first Wednesday after arrival in May 23rd, and end five weeks later June 27th, with a mid-program stay in Tarma scheduled for the third week of the session June 7th and June 17th). 
After classes end, students have the option of visiting Cusco and the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu before returning to the US.

The program offers financial aid opportunities for both UVa and non-UVa students attending its Summer Session. These grants are awarded on the basis of need and merit and are described above, in the section on Financial Aid.

All Summer Session courses are specially designed for the University of Virginia Program and are conducted in English or in Spanish, as indicated. However, the Summer Session takes place during the normal Peruvian academic first semester, and all our courses are open to regular Peruvian university students at our host institution. US students, therefore, have ample opportunity to meet Peruvian students and to audit regular Peruvian classes. All participants in the UVa Program in Perú Summer Session are assigned Peruvian students as compañeros (companions) to help them meet other Peruvian students and integrate into the life of the host university.

Immediately upon arrival in Lima and before the start of classes students receive extensive academic and security orientation to complement pre-departure information and orientation sessions. Session students will be assigned tasks designed to introduce them to the city of Lima in a safe and enjoyable manner; their first evening in Perú they will all share a meal at a local chifa in the district of Miraflores. During these initial events Program Directors   will prepare students for their Peruvian experience by enabling reflection on various aspects of the country, on how their perception may be affected by their own presuppositions and attitudes, and on how they themselves will be affected by this experience.

During a ten-day period in the middle of the session, Summer Session students will travel to the Andean city of Tarma, some 140 miles east of Lima, where they will engage in various activities of cultural interest. At the end of the session and before departure to the US, students have the opportunity to take an optional, program-organized excursion to the city of Cusco, including a visit to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.

Courses will meet daily Monday through Friday for two hours, starting either at 9:30 am or 11:30 am. Please note that to count courses towards a major all UVa students must obtain the approval of the appropriate major advisor or departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies (except in the Departments of Philosophy and of History, where all Program courses may be counted towards a major or minor subject to regular departmental regulations; this does not affect the need for all UVa students to obtain pre-approval of any courses they are planing to take abroad). Non-UVa students should seek advice from their International Studies Office or major or minor department regarding transfer of credits.

Complete course offerings for the Summer Term are indicated in the Summer Session Curriculum section. Course numbers indicate the equivalent University of Virginia courses. Class times and course availability are subject to change as required by student interest (courses normally require a minimum of 6 students).

The full curriculum of courses offered by the Program follows. This is a complete list of courses that have been taught in the past or are planned for the future, and students should not expect all these courses to be taught during any given Summer Session. Courses that are taught regularly are indicated with a ° before the course mnemonics.


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