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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Intersession, Program Cost
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2018 09/27/2017
Rolling Admission 01/07/2018 01/26/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: Some Recommended, NOT Required GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Perla Myers Internships: No
Disciplines offered: College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics (MATH), Undergraduate Accomodations: Host families
Prerequisite(s): Course Specific Program Advisor: Derek Brendel -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
Machu Picchu


To open an application, contact Derek Brendel (
The storied capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to the imperial city of Machu Picchu is one of the undisputed highlights of South America. Stately and historic, with stone streets and building foundations laid by the Incas more than 5 centuries ago.
MATH 112 or MATH 499 
Instructed by Dr. Perla Myers
MATH 112: Investigations in Mathematics (3 units)

Students will experience mathematics by delving into some beautiful and intriguing issues, and considering some of the greatest ideas of humankind in the realm of mathematics—ideas comparable to the works of Shakespeare, Plato and Michelangelo. Students will learn that mathematics is an artistic endeavor which requires both imagination and creativity.  Although students will be challenged, the overriding theme of the course is to gain an appreciation for mathematics and to discover the power of mathematical thinking in their everyday life. As part of the class, students will explore the mathematics of the Inca and the mathematics in Machu Picchu, and will engage with the community in Peru to create mathematics activities to share with students in local elementary schools through Proyecto Mochila.

Fulfills: Math Core and Liberal Studies Math Concentration requirement
Prerequisites: MATH 090 or Passing the placement test within the previous year.

MATH 499: Independent Study (3 units)

Contact Dr. Myers for further details.


A primary focus of this program is community engagement. Students will be housed with local home stay families who will provide breakfast and dinner daily. Students will have the expectation to interact with locals, negotiate the city like a local, and assist with local student's math learning.  

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 

All accepted program participants who withdraw from the program after the application due date are subject to the USD Intersession program refund policy.  Specific details on the refund policy may be found here: Refund Policy.


Please view a video of a past program HERE.

Backpack  Backpack1



To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)