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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Puerto Maldonado, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Auburn applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Department: Biological Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Hotel Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Kirby Norrell,, Valerie Tisdale,
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required Physical/Environmental Considerations: Extensive outdoor activities, Extensive walking, Hiking, Stairs
Program Description:

AU COSAM - Conservation and Research in the Peruvian 

Google Map of Peru



Undergraduate and Graduate students will pair up to look at research questions while exploring Peru. We will visit Machu Picchu, participate in an Amazon River night watch, explore Peru's ecosystem with multiple hikes including one at night and a Canopy walk, visit a Bee Sanctuary and visit local conservation and sustainability groups. 

This program is a combination of an on-campus course during the Spring 2020 semester along with an international experience to Peru during spring break. 

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Peru Spring 2020 program flier

There are several excursions to multiple high elevation cities and locations that involve extensive walking, hiking and possible water-related activities. Please consult with the faculty director if physical accommodations are needed, as housing and activities arrangements would need to be confirmed in advance.


  • Students from all majors may apply to this program.
  • Students must have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of the program. 


  • 08 Nov 2019: Application Deadline
  • 08 Jan 2020: Start Date of Auburn on-campus course
  • 06 March 2020: Travel to Peru
  • 14 March 2020: Return to the U.S.
  • 01 May 2020: Date Auburn class and examinations end


BIOL 4970 – Special Topics – 3 credits (undergraduates)
BIOL 7970  Special Topics – 3 credits (graduates)


The program fee for this program is $3,830. Price includes accommodations, all program-related transportation (ground and air while in Peru), most meals, guided sightseeing by a certified local guide, and all entrance fees. Airfare to Peru is NOT included in the program fee. 
River Boat Ride in PeruFor more information, view the Estimated Student Budget.

Payment Schedule: 

  • 8 November 2019: Application Deadline
  • 15 November 2019: First payment appears on eBill
  • 22 November 2019: First payment due $1,915
  • 06 December 2019: Second Payment appears on eBill
  • 13 December 2019: Second Payment due $1,915

Withdrawal Notice:
Students should note that withdrawal from the program after acceptance and payment of the program fee may result in financial penalties. Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Students will stay in hotels during this program. The group will travel together to all sites and activities for the duration of the program. Airport pickup and transportation to locations and housing will also be provided.


Inkaterra Canopy Walkway

Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It is made up of a variety of landscapes, from mountains and beaches to deserts and rain forests. Most people live along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where the capital, Lima, is located.


All excursions and activities are required as part of the course credit and cultural experience. 

  • Amazon River night watch
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sanctuary of the Bees
  • Lamay Cosco Forestation Hike
  • Inkaterra Ecological Reserve Hike
  • Inkaterra Canopy Walk
  • Carachama Trail Hike
  • A service project
  • Two visits to local conservation groups


River in Peru at dusk

Students are advised to consider their limits/allergies and comfort levels as they will be exposed to the following: 

  • Outdoor environments/nature
  • Bees - visit to bee sanctuary
  • Nocturnal animals
  • Boat rides at night
  • Nature walks at night
  • High altitudes
  • Suspension bridges
  • Several in-country flights


If you do not have a passport: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements.


This program is currently not accepting applications.