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  • Locations: Lima, Peru; Puerto Maldonado, Peru
  • Program Terms: December
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Recommended GPA: 2.5
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
This program will focus on the social and environmental impacts of extraction and commercialization of natural resources in Peru. We will gain a deep understanding of Peru’s history through an exploration of an array of cultural manifestations and interdisciplinary readings. It will highlight the challenge of improving livelihoods and expanding opportunities while confronting problems of deforestation, deteriorating water quality, and environmental degradation. We will examine local community participation in political and economic decision-making and alternative trade models that prioritize environmental sustainability, social inclusion, cultural recognition and participatory decision making.

Christie Klimas has spent more than a decade working on forest management in the tropics. Professor Klimas’ research brings together ecology and economics, in urban and tropical settings, to address questions of sustainable resource use. Due to the economic drivers underlying resource use, economic knowledge is an essential component of sustainability. Indeed, economic studies have moved to the forefront of sustainable ecosystem management and recent research has focused on quantifying the monetary benefit of ecosystem services like pollination, water filtration, and carbon storage. From valuing tropical forests and their products for their economic potential to quantifying the benefits of urban green space, a commonality in her research interests is working toward ecologically sustainable resource management that recognizes the role of citizen stakeholders. A more complete synopsis of her research, including mentoring of student research projects can be found on her website (
Rocío Ferreira is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Modern Languages. She is a Latinoamericanist with a designated emphasis on women, gender and sexuality. Her main areas of teaching and research include nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish-American, Brazilian, and Andean literature, feminist theory and women's studies. She specializes and publishes in nineteenth century literature with a particular focus on gender and writing, and the formation of national literary culture in Latin America.

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
Course SPN 377: Peruvian Realities in a Multicultural Society: History, Culture, Politics, Violence and Social Justice
Credits 4 credit hours
Class Meeting Times Pending Approval
Liberal Studies domain TBD
Term registered Fall 2020
Taught by Rocio Ferreira
Course description Broad conceptual overview of Latin American politics followed by focused analysis of Peruvian politics. Includes issues of social and ethnic diversity, political institutions and political parties, the relations between national government, social movements and local communities, and domestic and international actors that have shaped political and economic structures in the region.
Course ENV 202 Forests, Mining, and Communities in Peru: A case study on the Challenges and Opportunities (social and environmental) of resource extraction
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Class Meeting Times TBD
Liberal Studies domain Scientific Inquiry
Taught by Christie Klimas
Course description This course provides an overview of life cycle assessment and introduces students to this method for assessing and reducing the environmental impacts of products.
  Course work begins in Fall 2020 and concludes at the end of Winter 2021 after the travel experience and associated assignments are completed.

Accommodations include hotels and a Catholic conference center/residence/garden complex within the hip Lima neighborhood of Barranco. Our group will enjoy traditional Peruvian food and drink as we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of one of Latin America's most vibrant societies.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Peru: Forests, Mining, and Communities in Peru program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

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Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.