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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: May Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Homestay Type of Program: Faculty Led
Program Description:

Peru's Food Movement 

Peru STP

Program Highlights

  • Visit food-related organizations, firms, NGOs and governmental institutions to learn how food in Peru shapes policy, business, and the economy.
  • Learn about the importance of food in Peru as an engine of job creation, tourism attraction, national identity and international branding while cooking your own Peruvian food.
  • Enhance your understanding of health policy in Peru and its relationship to food waste and child malnutrition.
  • Volunteer in poor districts in Lima to deepen your understanding of poverty and income inequality, their relationship with health, and how the food industry can help alleviate it.
  • Visit local markets to learn about Amazonian and Andean produce and how they contribute to the understanding of local, organic products and their contributions to health, sustainability, and biodiversity.
  • Experience Peruvian culture by attending a soccer match, interacting with local host families, learning about the Incan Empire in Cuzco and visiting the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Program Overview

Cities: Lima & Cuzco
2019 Dates: May 14-June 4, 2018
2019 Program Fee: $5,719
Estimated Total Cost: $7,474

Home to Machu Picchu and set high in the Andes mountains, Peru is a country full of exquisite food, vibrant art, and archaeological monuments left over from some of its ancient cultures. In this course, you will learn and study the unique conditions that characterize the food industry in Peru. You will explore how the growth in the food industry has important implications for the economy, health policy, Peruvian national identity, and the business environment. Moreover, the international recognition of Peruvian food has led to the creation of a country brand, bringing it to the international marketing scene. Similarly, rural farmers in the Andes have been integrated into economic markets, increasing their income and welfare. Meanwhile, this “economic boom” has generated a need for the micro-financing of business opportunities, increased the demand for health services, raised awareness about the importance of food sustainability, and reduced food destruction and food waste through the creation of the Peruvian food bank.

During this program, you will have the opportunity to be immersed in the local culture. You’ll stay with a host family and engage in day-to-day activities including meals, family outings, and traditions as well as dabbling in the Spanish language. Food has strong links to the history and culture of Peru. You’ll learn how food is present in Peru’s music, dance, and social lives. While there, you’ll explore local markets and try native produce, observe traditional cooking of “Pachamanca” (in the same way the Incas did it hundreds of years ago.) You’ll also have the chance to visit innovative restaurants with sustainability, social or micro-finance visions—and do a little cooking of your own at a culinary institute!

A few excursions include visiting Cuzco to learn about the Inca Empire, exploring archeological sites, and a train ride to Machu Picchu—one of the Seven Wonders of the World!



  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior status (You may apply during freshman year to participate upon completion of freshman year)
  • ECON 1003, 1022, or 1023. Knowledge of Spanish language is useful, but not required.
  • General background interest in economics and/or business is important.

Course Information:

Earn 3 credits in IntB 4495: Peru's Food Movement. This course is approved for:
  • Upper division international requirement for BBA & BAc majors
  • Upper division BA or BBA Economics elective
  • Category B2 for Human Resources Management majors
  • Category B for Organizational Management majors
  • Category C for FMIS majors
  • Category B or elective upper division for Health Care Management majors
  • Fulfills the Study Abroad requirement for Latin American Area Studies major
This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education Requirement. 

Additional requirements may need to be considered by your academic department in order for this class to count as an elective course. You are responsible for checking with your department for specifics.

Course Topics Include:

  • Peruvian food industry and its relationship to economic and business development and its sustained growth in the last 15 years
  • Food industry relations to social and economic phenomena such as income inequality, health policy, microfinance, agribusiness and international marketing (which can be inherent issues in developing countries)
  • Cultural aspects of Peruvian society by learning to cook local food, the importance of local produce, and how the cuisine in emerging economies takes advantage of resources that are considered waste in other parts of the world
  • Contributions of food industry growth to social, economic and business changes, e.g. job creation, integration of geographical regions and living standard improvements

Program Leaders

Luiggi Donayre, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His area of focus is the macroeconomic policy, and he has extensive experience in Peru. Additional information about the program on Luiggi's website!

Luiggi Donayre, Ph.D.
UMD Labovitz School of Business & Economics
Dept. of Economics
Office: 330N LSBE

Christopher McIntosh, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His area of focus is applied microeconomics and he is interested in agriculture and other issues related to the environment and natural resources.

Christopher McIntosh, Ph.D.
UMD Labovitz School of Business & Economics
Dept. of Economics
Office: 330K LSBE

Study Abroad Coordinator 

Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty-led programs. 

Featured Student Story: Jennifer Siv

Program Costs

May Session 2019
Program Fee: $5,719
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $1,755*
Estimated Total Cost: $7,474

Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year.
*Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Housing (homestay)
  • Local transportation
  • Field trips & entry fees
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Faculty leader support
  • Re-entry support
View the breakdown of costs for Peru's Food Movement (available upon Board of Regents approval). These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Scholarships are available!

Travel Documents 

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. 


Know the following program information to provide on the online application:
Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: May Session
Country: Peru 
Program Name: Short-term: Peru's Food Movement

Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first, serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript are required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.
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After you apply

  1. You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
  4. The program leader will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed
If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."

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This program is currently not accepting applications.