Universidad de Piura - Perú

Please note that McGill students must obtain permission from their faculty before participating in study abroad programs.

Three programs for international students that will be open upon request:


Peru: Potential of an Emerging Marketing: Economic Growth and the Business Opportunities in the Region

The program offers a global vision about the economic policies in the country and the region, as well as the development of local business and its impact in the country.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding through seminars dictated in English or Spanish and complement each class with an immersion activity visiting local businesses or institutions.


Peruvian Gastronomy: Economy Food and Local Culture

The gastronomy boom is an important step in the revalorization of the local culture, and this program invites you to understand and taste the flavor of the Peruvian food, and its influence in the economy. This program offers a unique opportunity to study in Lima, combining hours of theoretical classes, workshops and visits to get you immersed in the Gastronomic Capital of America.

The course will explore the interaction between food and culture and how the Peruvian cuisine has transformed the local economy. The internationalization of the Peruvian cuisine and their supplies will be analyzed, as well as the barriers and the challenges of the national spirit: Pisco.


Spanish Language and Culture in Peru

The program is addressed to international student interested to learn or improve their Spanish language and to understand more about the local culture and the economy in an emerging market. The program can be developed in Piura or Lima, and is open at Basic, Intermediate or Advance level.


San Miguel de Piura Archaeological Field School; The First Spanish Settlement in Peru

San Miguel de Piura, also known as Piura la Vieja, was the first colonial town founded by the Spanish conquerors in the South Pacific area. It is one of the few early colonial cities that stills preserve it 16th century layout. The city was composed by a main square, a hospital, a church, a Mercedarian monastery and its church, and the houses of authorities and conquerors. San Miguel was the main northern entrance to Peru. Although the city is mainly known for its colonial occupation, it also has a long prehispanic history which is evidenced by the presence of important inca and preinca buildings. 

The "San Miguel de Piura Field School" is conducted by César Astuhuaman, Fernando Vela Cossío y Pável Elías (UDEP), with the collaboration of Fernando Vela Cossío (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)), researchers who have worked at the site for almost two decades.  

The field program includes classes taught in English during two sessions: in June and July. Students will be trained in 3 main components: Survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis. Instructors will provide introductory classes for each component before the beginning of the session, exploring the main topics regarding San Miguel de Piura and the colonial period in the Central Andes, especially in the North Coast of Peru. 

Program also includes some field trips to the main historical and touristic sites of Piura.

Students will be hosted in a family lodge 15 minutes away from the site and only 1.5 hours away from the region’s capital, Piura.

2018 sessions:

  • First session: June 1- July 1
  • Second session: July 2- August 1.

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For additional information

Contact: Ms. Sheyla Salazar
sheyla.salazar [at] udep.pe
T. (51-1) 213 9600 Ext. 2223