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  • Locations: Calca, Peru
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2023 10/01/2022 10/01/2022 01/03/2023 01/24/2023
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:
Machu Picchu 10_11
St. Thomas will send a team of senior design engineering students to Calca, Peru during the January 2023 to work with local organizations and develop engineering solutions that meet community needs.  This program is open to students who are completing their senior design requirements during the 2022-2023 academic year.  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.   Students must be registered for ENGR480 during the fall 2022 semester and will meet with AASD as part of that course in preparation for their travel to Peru.
Over the four-week program in Peru, 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. Students will continue to work with AASD during their 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 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 $3950 and will be 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. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, Associate Professor (
For questions about the application process, please contact:
Sarah Huesing, Director, Office of Study Abroad