International Business Exchange Program
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola S.A. (USIL)
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is a bilingual educational organization that has been graduating young entrepreneurs who contribute towards the sustainable development of society. The institution was created as an innovative option in education, promoting entrepreneurship among students. Each major provides business management training in each program, in addition to a well-rounded scientific and humanistic education.
The Mission of USIL is “to shape competent entrepreneurial professionals who are socially responsible and capable of performing successfully, both domestically and internationally.” USIL has four institutional pillars on which the school stands. Those pillars include entrepreneurship, development, social responsibility and globalization.
The School of Hospitality Management, Tourism and Gastronomy focuses on hospitality management and gastronomy, and has its own building on USIL’s first campus, called Hall E, housing facilities, mock hotel rooms, bars and kitchens are available for students. Hall E is also shared with the Culinary Arts School and the Don Ignacio Restaurant of the best restaurants in Lima.
In the historical center of the city, declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, splendid samples of colonial architecture and beautiful carved balconies can be seen. There are archaeological sites throughout the city as well as on the outskirts of Lima, where Pachacamac, the most important pre-Inca sanctuary on the coast, can be visited.
Peru, a magical country, has diversity and richness which are rare in the world, offering visitors infinite alternatives and the possibility of having a unique experience: history, culture, nature, adventure and much more in just one destination.
Business courses and Latina America regional emphasis courses offered:
USIL has two semesters per year:
1st Semester: from Mid-March to Mid-July
2nd Semester: from Mid-august to Mid-December
For Spanish courses and curricula by careers please enter the link:
USIL will assign you an Academic Advisor to whom you will send the list of your preferred courses and he/she will assist you with the registration via email.
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Language of Instruction
Courses are taught in Spanish.
Students who wish to pursue courses taught in Spanish must have completed two upper-division Spanish language courses (300+) prior to departure in order to qualify for the exchange program. All applicants must meet the language prerequisite by the end of the semester prior to departure.
A Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by your most current Language Instructor must be submitted in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
Exchange program participants pay their regular full-time tuition/registration fees to SDSU to participate on the exchange program. Students are responsible for all other additional expenses such as passport, visa, airfare, housing, meals, books, etc. Refer to the budget sheet on blackboard for more information.
Housing and Meals
Housing/room & board expenses are not part of the SDSU exchange program. Students must arrange housing via their host institution or independently.
USIL does not offer housing for international students but they have a list of recommended housing options. The link below brings you to the housing options webpage for USIL: http://www.usil.edu.pe/en/student-affairs/housing
All participants must purchase the comprehensive CSU Comprehensive FTIP Insurance. Students will need to pay via SDSU Student Account Services. Approximately $300 for one-semester.
Exchange participants are responsible for purchasing airfare. Hold-off on purchasing airfare until a Letter of Acceptance is issued by your host university (one-semester prior to going abroad). The Letter of Acceptance is issued typically 4-6 weeks after students apply to the host university and will contain official program dates.
Student Visa Requirement
U.S.A. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Peru for one semester or longer. The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction.
Southern California residents:
SDSU (1 year prior)
- Students will be required to attend the visa appointment in-person.
- Spanish Consulate of Los Angeles Student Visa Requirements:
- Please note that you will need your official original acceptance letter by the day of your visa appointment.
- Students studying abroad in the Fall: schedule visa appointments no later than mid-July.
- Students studying abroad in the Spring: schedule visa appointments no later than early-December.
International Business majors must apply one-year prior to anticipated term abroad via Aztecs Abroad by clicking "Apply Now" on the button above.
Host University (1 semester prior)
After being approved by SDSU, students will also need to complete the application process for their host university. Students will receive an email with application instructions after the add/drop deadline (titled Post Decision).
International Business majors refer to SDSU blackboard for eligibility criteria
International Business majors: apply 1 year prior to intended term abroad
December 17th for the Fall Semester
May 12th for the Spring Semester
All other majors: apply 1 semester prior to intended term abroad.
February 20th for Fall Semester
September 20th for Spring Semester
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