This studio course will examine how informal building and urban practices can inform how we address environmental and socio-economic issues in the built environment. The studio is anchored by a partnership with Intuy Lab in Lima, Peru. Intuy Lab is a publicly-engaged design collaborative that includes young professionals as well as faculty and students from the Universidad Peruana de Ciencia Aplicadas (UPC). They are committed to working with local communities to improve lives through design. They partner with local non-profit organizations working in informal communities. These include recently-built areas on the city edge occupied by recent migrants from mountain villages as well as older neighborhoods that began as informal settlements and continue to house traditional tradespeople such as metalworkers and fishers.
UNC Charlotte will coordinate with a third party organization, ITC Peru Travel, to organize certain arrangements of this program.
Program Pre-Requisites or Special Considerations
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- Graduate Standing only
- Master of Architecture students only
- Successful completion of studio course ARCH 7102
- Proficiency in the Spanish language is not required to take this course or to participate in the program abroad
Students must be ready to exercise flexibility regarding the planned activities and have physical/mental endurance and enthusiasm to maintain an active schedule, including long days and high temperatures, as part of their participation in this program. Please note as well that this location is situated at a higher elevation to which many students may be unaccustomed. It may take a day or two to adjust to this altitude. Altitude sickness is possible during days in Cusco, including during the hike at Macchu Picchu.
Participants are individually responsible for working with their faculty members to gain approval of and manage their absence from class/field placement during the program dates.
Please keep in mind that because this program operates on a rolling admissions basis, it may fill up before the final application or confirmation deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible.
For more information on how these programs operate, please see the Faculty Led Programs page on the OEA website.
Students are expected to review all the information provided in this brochure carefully. If you have specific questions about the class meetings, itinerary, accommodations, course structure, requirements, or expectations, please contact the Faculty Director.
The OEA will communicate with you regarding your application and next steps via your UNC Charlotte email, so be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder!) frequently for updates.
Students interested in participating in a UNC Charlotte short-term study abroad program only are not required to complete Study Abroad 101 before beginning an application for the program, but are strongly encouraged to do so to gain an in-depth introduction to the study abroad process and resources.
Please review ALL tabs of this brochure carefully to ensure you understand all program details before applying:
Please review academic eligibility requirements, information about grades, registration, and academic policies on the Academic Credit page of the OEA website.
- Credit will be granted for coursework and travel and will be issued by UNC Charlotte
- The international experience supplements the appropriate UNC Charlotte course
- All students will receive UNC Charlotte credit and A-F grades for this program
- All grades from abroad will count towards your cumulative GPA
- Students must be present for all program activities including any class sessions held before or after the travel component.
This program offers credit for the following:
ARCH 7103: Design Studio - Topical (6 credit hours)
This course focuses on issues relevant to current architectural practice and/or exploration of architectural theory. Students choose from among several sections of this studio, each of which addresses a different set of issues. The issues addressed as well as the pedagogical approach of these studios are defined by the faculty teaching them. All students must take a minimum of one Topical Design Studio within their area of Concentration.
Please refer to the UNC Charlotte course catalog for the applicable year and class standing (undergraduate/graduate) for more information on:
- Degree and credit requirements satisfied by this course
- Any pre-requisites of this course
If you need additional clarification on how this course fits into your academic progress or major requirements, please contact your Academic Advisor.
Course Selection and Registration
This study abroad program is a component of an on-campus Fall term course
Confirmed participants must register for the appropriate section of the Fall semester course tied to the study abroad program in order to participate
This course section will not become available for registration until the weeks following the confirmation deadline, which will likely be after registration opens.
This course section should be closed so that only students enrolled in the study abroad program may register in it.
Refer to the application for more information.
Tuition for Study Abroad Courses
Fall break programs are part of an academic course taught during the fall semester on the UNC Charlotte campus. The international experience supplements the on-campus UNC Charlotte course. This means:
Tuition, grading, and credit hours for this course are part of your regular fall term course schedule and are processed like any other on-campus course.
Confirmed participants will need to register for the appropriate fall semester course section in order to participate.
Tuition and fees for the course tied to the study abroad program are separate and in addition to the study abroad program fee.
Additional information on registration and grading is available in the application and communicated to confirmed participants in greater detail in the weeks following the confirmation deadline.
The course tied to the program will be part of your class schedule for the fall semester. Confirmed participants will need to contact the Faculty Director for details about how to enroll in the proper course section after the confirmation deadline. Students should be prepared to attend mandatory class meetings on UNC Charlotte’s campus before and after the program abroad.
In addition to any class meetings required by the Faculty Director, confirmed participants will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation prior to travel. The orientation is hosted by the Office of Education Abroad and will cover academics, culture and adjustment, health and safety, and more.
Participants must be ready to exercise flexibility regarding the planned activities and have physical/mental endurance and enthusiasm to maintain an active schedule, including long and active days, high temperatures, and high altitudes. Students must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities.
Participants are individually responsible for working with their faculty members to gain approval of and manage their absence from class/field placement during the program dates.
Below is a tentative program itinerary. Please note that all activities and details are tentative at the time of publication and are subject to change.
|Friday, October 6
Arrive in Lima
|Saturday, October 7
Group welcome dinner
|Sunday, October 8
|Monday, October 9
|Tuesday, October 10
|Wednesday, October 11
||Morning flight to Cusco
Cusco city tours:
|Thursday, October 12
Visit nearby Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley)
Stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, near Machu Picchu
|Friday, October 13
||Visit/hike Machu Picchu
|Saturday, October 14
||Cusco walking tour:
San Pedro Market
Stone of Twelve Angles
Return flight to Lima
|Sunday, October 15
Depart for US
Flights and Travel
Please do not make any binding travel arrangements until your participation in the program is confirmed AND you have received clearance from both the Office of Education Abroad and your Faculty Director to do so.
Confirmed applicants will consult with the Faculty Director for information on recommended flights and meeting times, but will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Peru. Participants must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities.
Accommodations will be provided throughout the program. Rooms will be shared occupancy. This cost is included in the program fee.
Hostel in Lima:
Hostel in Cusco:
Hostel in Aguas Calientes:
Please refer to the Budget Sheet for information on meals included in the program fee.
Meals not included in the program fee are the responsibility of the participant, to be paid individually and in addition to the program fee.
Program Costs and Payment Schedule
Please review the program Budget Sheet for the total program fee, payment schedule, payment policies, cost inclusions, and other cost considerations. It is extremely important that you research and understand all costs associated with this program before confirming your intent to participate.
Note that while it may be possible to defer other program payments for financial aid or scholarships, the deposit is non-deferrable and cannot be broken up into smaller payments over time. The deposit must be paid by the confirmation deadline to hold your spot in the program. Students are responsible for ensuring they are able to meet the financial responsibilities of this program before confirming their intent to participate.
All payments should be made online via the study abroad portal per the schedule in the Budget Sheet. Please refer to the application portal for instructions on making payments. If you need assistance in submitting a payment, please contact the Office of Education Abroad.
Financial aid for which you qualify may be applied towards the cost of this program!
While we provide some related resources on the Financial Aid section of the Education Abroad website, please consult with the Office of Financial Aid for information on and questions related to eligibility, disbursement, and applying for aid.
There are many scholarships available to students that can be applied towards studying abroad. Any scholarships listed in the “Potential Scholarship Opportunities” in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure are suggestions and do not necessarily represent the full extent of opportunities for this program, nor applicants’ individual eligibility for those scholarships.
Please visit the scholarships section of the OEA website for information on scholarship types, eligibility requirements, due dates, the application process, and disbursement. Students are also encouraged to reach out to their academic department on campus and any community organizations with which you may be associated to see if they offer any financial assistance to support students seeking an international education experience.
Office of Education Abroad Scholarships
Scholarships awarded by the Office of Education Abroad may not be applied towards spring or fall break study abroad programs. Please visit our website to explore other scholarships opportunities for this program.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Considerations
Students may be able to defer the program payments, with the exception of the deposit (refer to the payment schedule in the program Budget Sheet), until aid is received. However, many costs associated with the program, such as airfare and program deposits, may need to be paid before the semester of the study abroad and thus before receipt of financial aid funds. Students are responsible for researching when aid will be disbursed, for how much aid they are eligible, and when payments for the program, flights, and on-site expenses will be incurred. You need to feel comfortable paying for the program given ALL of your financial resources, not just financial aid and scholarships.
Financial aid eligibility and disbursement timelines are determined by Federal law and controlled by the Office of Financial Aid.
Applying for financial aid/scholarships or requesting a deferment for financial aid does not guarantee eligibility or receipt of such financial assistance.
If you are eligible for financial aid or receive a scholarship to help with the cost of this program, the funds you receive may NOT be sufficient to cover the full extent of all costs associated with your program.
While financial aid and scholarship awards are typically disbursed at the start of the semester of the study abroad program, disbursement dates should be confirmed on an individual basis with Financial Aid, Student Accounts, NinerScholars and/or the scholarship organizer.
Your funds will typically first be diverted to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte to cover the cost of any applicable tuition & fees or balances owed to other departments.
Any remaining funds you have available will then be disbursed directly to you.
It will be your responsibility to keep track of and use any financial assistance funds disbursed to you to make remaining program payments.
Tips for Budgeting Your Money
All students should thoroughly research the cost of living and the exchange rate of the destination(s) in relation to their financial resources in order to develop a personal budget and make an informed financial decision on moving forward with the program.
- Go Overseas - How to Budget guide:*
- Banks & Credit Cards: Where & how to get cash while abroad
- Money Fears: How to handle financial emergencies while abroad, money scams & what to do
- Saving money: Savings, how to make saving easier, how to find discounts while abroad, money saving tips
- Cell Phone Plan while abroad: The best one for you
- UNC Charlotte's online guide to managing money:**
- How to earn money
- How to save money
- How to borrow money
- How to spend money
- Resources & tips
The Office of Education Abroad makes every attempt to create meaningful and affordable study abroad programs for students. When you confirm your intent to participate in a program by submitting an application fee and deposit, the Education Abroad office begins to make financial commitments on your behalf, both administratively on campus and also to our international partners. Therefore, it is our policy that if a student withdraws from a study abroad program, the application fee and initial deposit are non-refundable. With this in mind, please review the full program description and costs thoroughly, and consider carefully whether you are prepared to commit to an Education Abroad program before submitting your application fee and deposit.
If you withdraw after making subsequent program payments, UNC Charlotte may consider a partial or full refund of such payments for committed expenditures (not including non-refundable application fee and deposit) made on your behalf, to the extent such funds are recoverable from our partners/providers. Partial or full refunds of subsequent payments are not guaranteed upon withdrawal. Requests for such refunds must be made in writing to the Office of Education Abroad no later than 30 days prior to program start date (the day the program leaves Charlotte). For emergency withdrawals within 30 days prior to the program start date or during the program, refunds in any amount are highly unlikely. Please note that in some cases, refund amounts may not be known until sometime after the program’s end date.
Students who participate in a program but who choose not to participate in a particular activity for which they have paid in advance, whether that activity is mandatory or non-mandatory to the program (e.g. field trip, excursions, cultural event, etc.), will not be refunded any portion of that activity cost.
*Not all information in the guide above may be applicable or relevant and was not created by UNC Charlotte
**Some information may only be applicable to UNC Charlotte students
Students applying for UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led programs are not required to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in order to open an application. Students may apply for more than one program, but will have to pay the non-refundable $10.00 application fee for every application submitted. Students may only participate in one Fall Break program per year.
Please keep in mind that because this program operates on a rolling admissions basis and has limited spots available, the program may fill up before the application deadline or the final deposit payment deadline. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible.
- Complete Study Abroad 101 (strongly recommended)
- Review the Steps to Study Abroad, faculty-led program information, scholarship resources, and other resources on the OEA website
- Review all tabs of this brochure thoroughly
- Reference the UNC Charlotte catalog or discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor to ensure you understand how the credit you will receive will fit into your curriculum requirements
- Contact the Faculty Director leading the program of interest with program-specific questions
- Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the program brochure page to begin your application
- If this button does not appear, the program is not currently accepting applications
- Follow all application instructions carefully to complete your application and click “Submit” as soon as possible before the final application deadline
Application Review and Decision
- Once complete, the OEA will review your application to confirm that you meet the basic academic and disciplinary eligibility requirements of the program
- If you are eligible for the program, the OEA will pass your application on to the Faculty Director for final review
- The Faculty Director will make your final admissions decision
- The OEA will notify you of your admissions decision within 2-3 weeks after you submit your application
Confirming Your Participation
If accepted into the program, students are not considered program participants unless they confirm their intent to participate in the program by completing BOTH of the following steps either by no later than the confirmation deadline indicated in the program’s payment schedule or before the program meets its maximum capacity:
Once the OEA confirms completion of both confirmation steps, your application status will change to "Confirmed." Only students listed as status “Confirmed” have held their spot in the program and are considered program participants.
This program operates on a rolling admissions basis and may fill up before the final confirmation deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the confirmation steps as soon as possible after they are approved and by no later than the confirmation deadline.
Students should not submit program payments beyond the deposit nor make formal travel arrangements until such time as their application status shows “Confirmed” AND they receive email notification from the OEA that they are clear to do so. Additional information on the confirmation process is available in the application.
The OEA will send applicants listed as the “Confirmed” status next steps information via email within 3 weeks after the final confirmation deadline.
While they await next steps information, confirmed participants should:
NOT make payments beyond the deposit nor make formal travel arrangements until they receive this next steps information from the OEA in the weeks following the confirmation deadline.
Review the resources on the OEA website and within their study abroad application to help prepare for international travel
Review entry requirements and apply for a valid passport as soon as possible
Learn as much as possible about the program destination! Familiarize yourself with its history, government, language, culture, currency, time-keeping, and current events.
Confirmed participants will have additional items to complete in their study abroad portal/application before departure, such as attending the mandatory pre-departure orientation. Please note that UNC Charlotte will coordinate with a third party organization, ITC Peru Travel, to organize certain arrangements of this program. Confirmed participants should note that ITC may also request that participants provide certain information or documentation to facilitate program arrangements.
Reviewing and Signing Application Documents
During each phase of the study abroad process, students will be asked to review and electronically sign various agreements and policy understandings. Signatures on these documents are considered legally binding and signal that the applicant has read, understood, and agreed to the outlined policies. If you do not read these documents before signing, you are still held responsible for your understanding and adherence to the policies they outline. Beyond this responsibility, it is within your best interest to review all materials carefully – these documents answer many questions that students have about the study abroad process.
Any requests to withdraw after confirming your intent to participate in the program will need to be made to the OEA by email. Please review the withdrawal policy and financial implications of withdrawal under the “Finances” tab of this brochure.
The Office of Education Abroad highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (also known as cancellation insurance) should personal or global circumstances prevent your participation in the program. You are encouraged to consider obtaining travel insurance and to keep in mind that many travel insurance policies must be purchased within twenty-one days of your initial deposit to apply to the program.
Passports and Immigration Requirements
All participants are individually responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation to obtain entry clearance to their host country. Additional information about passports and immigration requirements is available on the OEA website.
Please note that the Office of Education Abroad is legally unable to advise on visas policies and procedures.
Health and Safety
The safety of our students and faculty traveling abroad is of the utmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte. Current events are monitored constantly and OEA is in direct contact with students and on-site constituencies in the event of an international emergency. OEA will work with UNC Charlotte risk managers, on-site staff, the U.S. Department of State and our international insurance provider to determine the best course of action to keep students safe in the event of an emergency abroad.
All study abroad participants are enrolled in mandatory international health insurance which covers a range of medical issues, support services, and evacuation in case of emergency. We also advise that student’s take the responsibility to do their own research in preparation for international travel. We want students and their families to feel comfortable with travel plans prior to departure. Helpful resources include:
It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources:
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities.
If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability, and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to the OEA as soon as possible so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs.
To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad.
If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.
The program's Faculty Director is the UNC Charlotte faculty member who will teach the course tied to the program and be lead the program abroad. They will be with you on site for the duration of the program, will be responsible for the academic piece of the program, and will be your best resource for assistance in-country. The Faculty Director can answer questions about the program’s academics, site visits on the ground, and the day-to-day cultural and program expectations on site.
Nadia M. Anderson
School of Architecture
Center City Building (CCB) 1003
The Office of Education Abroad
The Office of Education Abroad works with students and faculty prior to departure to manage the application process, collect program materials, communicate with students, and provide preparation resources prior to study abroad. The OEA staff can answer questions about the application process, general program arrangements, required study abroad materials, making payments, and general travel resources and logistics.
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Students interested or participating in UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led study abroad programs are welcome to come to OEA drop-in advising hours or to request an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the Assistant Coordinator for Short Term Programs.
Study Abroad Peer Advisors
Want to know more about this destination or about the study abroad experience in general? Contact an OEA Peer Advisor! These students are study abroad alumni who are dying to share their experience and perspectives.
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