Comm 510: Field Study in Peru


If you are interested in a study abroad experience, the Amazon region, Peruvian culture, and sustainability, then this course is for you.



The Fall course Comm.  510-01: Field Study in Peru, is open to graduate and undergraduate students for 1 to 3 credit hours.  First class meeting is on Monday Aug 22 1-2:15 in Strickler 307;  After that, we will meet about 6 times in the semester on Wednesdays 1-2:15.  If the time does not work, you may use independent study.  Application forms will be available in class.  In the meantime, please email for information and to register for the class.


Tentative travel dates: December 7-19, 2016.

Cost: $3000 includes admission fees to sites on the itinerary, travel to Peru, lodging, almost all meals, and tuition.

Fee Schedule:

08/31: Deposit with initial application: $200

09/15: First payment: $1000

09/30: Second payment with completed application: $1000

10/10: Third payment: Remainder due.

We will stay here:


CONTACT: Margaret D’Silva, Professor of Communication


Telephone: 502 852 6976


And hike here to the third highest waterfall in the world:



The course readings and our travels will introduce you to the different peoples, culture, and sites of the high Amazon.  We will learn about the most sustainable black earth capable of solving the climate crisis.  We will experience life in an indigenous village, learn indigenous crafts.  We will visit ancient pre-Incan and Incan site Kuelap known as ‘Machu-Pichu of the North’. We will swim in other waterfalls, chazuta on the Hualaga river, the hot springs.  In Lamas we will visit the castle.

We will hike to Gocta, the third highest waterfall, and to other waterfalls.

WE WILL STAY AT LA SANGAPILLA located at the southern edge of the colonial town of Lamas, which is itself situated on a high ridge of the northern tropical foothills of the Peruvian Andes.