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Traditional Healing in Peru
Various Cities, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel
Maximum Credits Available: 03 Prior Language Study: N/A
Eligibility Requirements:
Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Short-term, Summer, Summer Interim
Program Description:
Peru- HikingThis program does not run every year. It is expected to run again in 2018.

Program Dates:
Mid-June to Late-June

Program Overview

Embark on a personal healing journey while learning about traditional Peruvian healing practices during this two-week summer program. In this three-credit health elective course students will travel to the Sacred Valley of Peru and become immersed in the traditional medicinal practices of the Andean shamans. Travel to sacred sites of the Inca, participation in traditional ceremony, and extensive hiking at high altitudes are integral components of this course.

The Sacred Valley was home to the Inca Empire. The major attraction of this region is Machu Picchu, tucked away high in the Andes Mountains. Peruvian culture today is steeped in Amerindian and Spanish traditions.

Course Information

Participants will earn credit in “Traditional Healing in a Cross Cultural Context” (3 credits), which is offered as a study abroad course. This course explores the concepts of traditional healing and indigenous cosmology as it relates to the health of the individual, the community, and the earth. Grading is based on independent research and collaborative projects.

Due to the high altitude of the Andes Mountains, students should be in good physical health and be comfortable hiking for extended periods of time over uneven terrain.

Accommodations and Meals
Adolfo, Clemico, and Victor

Participants will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms. Most meals will be provided by Paz y Luz Conference Center and area restaurants. Meals will not be provided on travel and free days.


As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities. Possible excursions may include:

Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes
City markets of Pisac & Cusco
Sacred Incan sites

Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Peru. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

Amy Nicholson and Ana Larramendi will accompany participants to Peru, facilitate three mandatory pre-departure sessions, and lead one mandatory post-return session. In order to be eligible, all students must be able to participate in all components of this course.

Contact Amy Nicholson by email or call (608) 258-2321.

Peru- Machu Picchu

Program fees for 2015 was $3760 and included the following. Fees for Summer 2018 are still being determined.
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer between Madison and Chicago
  • In-country travel expenses
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Most meals daily
  • Machu Picchu transportation, entrance fee and guide
  • Mandatory international health insurance
Additional costs include:
  • Tuition for 3-credit course (billed by Madison College)
  • Passport (if you do not yet have one)
  • Spending money
  • Tips for drivers, tour guides and shamans
  • Additional drinks and meals on travel and free days (3 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners)
  • Filtered Drinking Water: Approximately $25.00 for the duration of the program

To Apply

All materials, including the initial deposit of $500, must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)

Peru- Healer 1For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

Paz y Luz Conference Center


This program is currently not accepting applications.