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  • Locations: Calca, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Subject Areas: Engineering, Environmental Science Housing Options: Homestay
Language Prerequisite: 2 - Intermediate
Program Description:
  Machu Picchu 10_11 

As part of the Engineering Global Summers program, St. Thomas will send a team of senior design engineering students to Calca, Peru during the summer of 2023 to work with local organizations and develop engineering solutions that meet community needs.  This program will fulfill ENGR480 requirements. Drawing on the tenants of changemaking, and in partnership with Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD), this program will explore current issues in Peru and encourage students work across cultures to address real-world problems through innovative, project-based coursework. 
Over the eight-week program, students work on a designated project in partnership with AASD under the guidance of a St. Thomas faculty member who will connect virtually with students on a regular basis. The course will fulfill the first half of the required Senior Design Clinic (ENGR 480) for Engineering students. Students will continue to work with AASD upon their return in the fall as they complete the second semester of Senior Design (ENGR 481).
While in Peru, students will live with homestay families, participate on regular site visits and attend lectures by local experts. St. Thomas faculty will not be on-site in Peru, but the St. Thomas team will be in regular communication with a St. Thomas design coordinator throughout the program as they develop their project.
More information on the Global Summers program in Peru can be found at: Due to logistics and planning, the community project(s) will be chosen based on the number and majors of the students participating on the program.
Please note that not all buildings in Peru are ADA accessible. Any questions about accessibility should be directed to the Office of Study Abroad or Disability Resources.

The program fee will be posted in early spring semester and is inclusive of tuition, housing, some meals, on-site support from AASD and the Global Competency Certificate. Airfare is purchased individually by each participant and is NOT included in the program fee. Financial aid, if available, can be applied.

For more information about the courses, possible Engineering design projects or degree planning, please contact:
Dr. Camille George, Associate Dean (, or Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, Associate Professor (
For questions about the application process, please contact:
Sarah Huesing, Director, Office of Study Abroad