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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Notification Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/01/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applications must be submitted by 10:00 pm. Study Abroad applicants should note that the deadline indicated here is for Hopkins only; external programs may have earlier deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
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Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Areas of Study: International Studies Program Type: SFS, Third-party provider
Credit Type: Transfer credit (grades do not appear on Hopkins transcript) Language Prerequisite: No
Hopkins Application Fee: $25 (provider/university may also charge an app fee) Application Process: (1) Complete Hopkins app by clicking "Apply Now", (2) Go to program website to complete program app (note deadline may be different)
Program Description:

PERU SEMESTER: BIODIVERSITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE AMAZON


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Explore the lush ecosystems and extraordinary biodiversity of the north Peruvian Amazon. Study threats to the region firsthand – from climate change to resource extraction – and get at the heart of Peru’s conservation and development issues. Embark on a multi-day excursion to the Andean highlands, where you’ll hike through cloud forests and visit the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Take a multi-day excursion to the village of Sucusari to learn about the traditions of the Maijuna people and explore the jungle from the world’s longest canopy walkway.
  • Take an overnight riverboat expedition in Peru’s largest national reserve, Pacaya-Samiria, home to species such as pink river dolphins, bats, piranhas, primates, macaws, and giant river otters.
  • Visit a manatee rescue center, tropical fish exporter, and potato and butterfly farms to study a range of local conservation efforts.

THE FIELD STATION:
SFS students live and study at the Center for Amazon Studies, which lies halfway between the remote city of Iquitos and the port city of Nauta, amid the vast rainforests of the Amazon. Campus is a small group of buildings connected by elevated walkways, and the sights and sounds of the forest are accessible via an on-campus trail system which traverses our 183-acre property. Small villages within walking distance provide access to local shops.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Forest and soil ecology
  • Mammal ecology and conservation
  • Land use impacts
  • Natural resource management
  • Forest recovery
  • Development in the Amazon
 

FIELD SKILLS

  • Species identification and population monitoring
  • Biodiversity surveys
  • Spanish language
  • Research design
  • Data collection
  • Scientific writing and presentation
 

LEARN MORE

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 


IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL JHU APPLICANTS

There is a dual application process for this program:

(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking on the green "Apply Now" button
AND
(2) Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the program website.

Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.