The ruins of the ancient hilltop city of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru.

The steep Andes Mountains hide one of the world’s historic wonders: the Pre-Columbian Incan fortress of Machu Picchu. Mihaylo students will have the opportunity to visit the ruins during the study abroad trip in Peru this January. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Explore Peru while satisfying your information systems course requirement in a weeklong ISDS study abroad trip in Peru this January. Applications are available through Oct. 15.

Nearly 8,000 feet high in the rugged Andes Mountains lies the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was made with ancient construction technology that was generations ahead of its time. In recent years, the site has become popular with historians and tourists who seek to better understand the advanced Pre-Columbian civilizations that once inhabited the Americas.

Study Abroad in Peru

Mihaylo students of all concentrations have the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu as part of a study abroad program through the ISDS Department in January 2017. While in Peru, students will complete ISDS 351: Principles of Information Systems, a requirement for all Mihaylo students.

Latin America: Yesterday and Today

A study abroad program focusing on information systems, yet including an optional excursion to one of the world’s most famous ancient monuments, explores the contrast between the ancient and modern in today’s Latin America. Traditionally dependent on agriculture, light manufacturing and tourism, Latin American economies are diversifying to include a robust information technology sector.

Students will witness firsthand the impact of the IT sector on Peru’s economy, exploring how managers adopt the latest technology to power their businesses to compete in the global economy. Participants will study with Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ester Gonzalez, who has conducted research on the impact of social media technologies and knowledge management systems in organizations worldwide.

Register by October 15

The application deadline for the Peru trip is Oct. 15. The application fee is $2,000, which covers hotel and residence hall lodging, most meals, ground transportation and program fees. Airfare and the cost of intersession coursework are not included. There is also an extra fee for the Machu Picchu excursion.

For more information, contact Mihaylo Global Initiatives at or director Chris Swarat at

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