NMSU students can now study in the land of the Incas

September 26, 2011 by Janet Perez, NMSU News Center

The university recently signed a student-exchange agreement with the Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. NMSU’s Office of Study Abroad will be administering the program. Up to four students from each university will be allowed to participate in the exchange. The agreement also leaves open the possibility for faculty and staff members to be involved in the educational swap.

The Study Abroad program aims to facilitate educational and cultural exchanges that benefit NMSU and its international partners. Universidad Católica is now one of more than 50 universities stretching from Canada to Australia that take part in the Study Abroad program. For the Universidad Católica, students must enroll in approved courses, which will be taught in Spanish at the college’s Lima campus.

The addition of Universidad Católica is particularly gratifying to NMSU history professor and director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, Iñigo García-Bryce. Originally from Peru, García-Bryce is encouraging students to take advantage of the new agreement with Universidad Católica.

“Peru is a country with a fascinating history and an amazing diversity of cultures and geographies,” he said. “It also is a country with some of the finest cuisines in the world. While in Peru, students will be able to travel and learn about the country where the Inca civilization once flourished.”

In order to prepare students interested in attending Universidad Católica, García-Bryce will be teaching a course this spring called, Peru: From Incas to Inca Kola.

“Inca Kola is the bright yellow, bubblegum-flavored national drink of Peru that has traditionally been more popular in the country than Coca-Cola,” García-Bryce said. “For students unfamiliar with Latin America, and even for students who are mainly familiar with Mexico, studying in Peru will be an invaluable experience, as it will expand their understanding of the diversity and complexity of Latin America as a region.”

For more information on the Peruvian program, contact García-Bryce at igarciab@nmsu.edu or the Office of Study Abroad at 575-646-5107.

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