Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Lima, Peru
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Budget Sheets: Fall
Few destinations have as much to offer visitors as Peru. The country is best known as the heart of the Inca Empire; however, it was home to many diverse indigenous cultures long before the Incas arrived. Peru’s population is divided almost equally between the highlands and the population centers of the coast. The division marks a sharp cultural as well as geographic divide. The inland regions are marked by extreme poverty and subsistence agriculture, while the fertile river valleys of the lowlands have produced a wealthier, more cosmopolitan culture. Almost half of Peru’s people are Indian, while another third are mestizo. Although Spanish is Peru’s official language, a multitude of indigenous languages continue to hold sway in the highlands.
Lima is the capital and the largest city in Peru. With a population of almost 10 million, it forms the most populated metropolitan area of Peru. Due to its colonization, immigration and native influences, Lima is a melting pot of cultures, giving students a unique experience. For sports fans, Lima is home to five major league soccer teams; Club Universitario de Deportes, Alianza Lima, Sporting Cristal, Deportivo Municipal and CD Universidad San Martin. From museums and archeological sites, to festivals and sports, there is always something happening in Lima.
Universidad del Pacifico was founded in 1962, in a context dominated by the continental debate on what should be the development model for Latin America. Since then, Universidad del Pacifico has been a key element in the educational, economic and social growth of the country and the region.