Universidad del Pacífico (UP) is a private university established in 1962 by a group of Peruvian entrepreneurs supported by the Jesuit community.
Today it has become a university specialized in the areas of economics and business administration. In the past three decades, UP has been ranked as the most prestigious higher education institution in its fields of specialization in Peru, and among the leading institutions of its kind in the Latin American region.
At the undergraduate level UP offers Bachelor degrees in Economics, Business Administration and Accounting, Law and Business Engineering. At the graduate level, we offer Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Marketing Management, Personnel Management and Finances.
We are currently offering a Spanish Intensive Language Course that last 3 weeks and are intended for students wishing to stay for a full semester or year with us. These courses are offered before the beginning of a regular semester here, but independent students may enroll too.
Groups may also contact our International Office for an estimate of tailor-made programs (travel seminars). We may arrange programs combining Spanish classes with site visits (companies, firms, NGOs, governments offices, etc) as well as lectures/talks on specific subjects that are of interest to your group or class.
Ask us for references from prior experiences and programs!
Chaos in the City of Kings
The University is beautiful and calm, there are vendors outside and small eateries. There are plenty of places to eat and study and the other students are super helpful.
Be prepared for the city and commuting to the campus. Lima's population is as much a mystery as the city's many personalities. Estimates range from 9 million to 18 million and each block can seem like a different place. An average commute was around 30 to 40 minutes.
I recommend having a pretty thorough grasp of Spanish because classes are taught completely in Spanish and standards are rather high. Professors are helpful and they have awesome class selection though. I took an archeology class that included trips to museums and ruins!
Do not expect a ton of administrative support, you won't get it. Meetings are hard to set up and that's if you can find who you are even supposed to meet with. There aren't many events set up for exchange students specifically, but there are tons of extracurriculars and events on and around campus so it is easy to meet people and get involved.
The first day of the semester was kicked off with an all afternoon dance contest and cultural festivals and vendors set up on campus often.
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