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.
In accordance with its founding mandate, UP’s student population remains small enough to ensure a personalized and integral education. Our faculty strives to develop our students’ humanity and uses its academic knowledge and personal national problems. Each of the words in UP’s slogan of “we educate responsible leaders for the world” clearly expresses UP’s institutional spirit, educational mission and pedagogical approach.
First, we educate our students by providing them with a strong technical foundation and rigorous analytical skills while working on developing their critical thinking, reasoning, and capacity for argumentation and encouraging them to unleash their creativity, curiosity, and sensitivity.
Second, we encourage our students to stand out for their support of just causes. We want them to be leaders, agents of change who assume the challenge of contributing to the organizations where they work and to society at large, creating better places to live and share.
Third, we encourage students to act responsibly in relation to their surroundings through a concern for the most vulnerable sectors of society as well as care for the planet which is the home that we all share.
Finally, we seek to ensure that the education and knowledge acquired by our students generate more than just legitimate personal satisfaction but also creates a commitment that goes beyond national borders, creating a vocation of service to the world.
Universidad del Pacífico offers courses in several academic areas. These courses are subject to change. Almost all courses during the semester are taught in Spanish. However, courses in English are also available.
Final lists of courses offered each semester will be available on time for students’ final registration in Lima, about one or two weeks before the beginning of classes.
The undergraduate program study plans and course descriptions may be found at our web page. Students may also ask for this information at the International Relations Office.
For an additional fee, special Intermediate and Advanced level Spanish Courses for exchange students are available at our Language Center. These courses are offered 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If students wish to be included in these courses they must point it out in the registration form.
Spanish by semester: Students have the opportunity to take Spanish courses (Intermediate Grammar and Spanish for Business) during the semester. It has an extra cost.
Universidad del Pacifico organizes study trips for small groups of foreign students and professors interested in acquiring a closer knowledge of the economic, entrepreneurial, political and social reality of Perú.
The program include lectures, visits to multinational corporations based in Perú and tours to archaeological sites in Lima. It is necessary that at least 10 students are enrolled in the program. However these programs may be organized at any time during the year to accommodate visitor’s needs. It is not necessary for the interested institutions to have subscribed an agreement with our university in order to request the organization of an academic visit program.
Course Approval Process
All courses taken on study abroad programs must then be approved by the appropriate college course approval contact as listed in the link below. Approval is indicated by the appropriate college representative’s signature on the Course Approval Form.
Please visit Course Approval Process webpage to review the approval process and print a Course Approval Form: http://www.marquette.edu/abroad/course-approval-process.shtml
Grades and Credit Transfer:
Study abroad is an academic experience. While your grades will not count towards your GPA, it is vital that you are academically successful. To earn credits for courses taken abroad, you will need to earn the equivalent of a ‘C’ or better at your host institution - this is a 11 of 20 at Pacifico. You cannot take classes pass/fail at your host institution.
Full Time Status
As a reminder, you are required to take the equivalent of at least 12 U.S. credits while abroad
. One credit at Pacifico equals .75 credits at Marquette. Therefore, a four credit class at Pacifico equals 3 MU credits. You will need to take 16 credits at Pacifico to equal 12 at MU.
Universidad del Pacífico does not have student dormitories. However, the International Office does provide information and assistance to exchange students on accommodation in a student house (privately run dorms), live in a family home or rent a flat (apartment) in the city. Monthly rents are about US$ 300 to US$ 400 for a room at a student house sharing the common living areas and kitchen.
Please regard the above "Budget Sheets" link.
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 archaeological sites, to festivals and sports, there is always something happening in Lima.