Peru, Lima

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

Bachelor, MBA

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Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is a private university located in Lima, Peru, part of a group of educational institutions founded in 1995 by former Peruvian Vice President Raúl Diez Canseco, along with an institute and two schools.

Its Undergraduate Programme consists of four schools and twenty six majors, though it does have a Graduate Programme. USIL has a strong focus on entrepreneurship and hospitality management, consistent with its mission statement, which is “to shape competent entrepreneurial professionals who are socially responsible and capable of performing successfully, both domestically and internationally”.

The Country

Peru is South America’s third largest country and can be divided into three distinct geographic regions. The best known of these is the central high sierra of the Andes, with its massive peaks, steep canyons, and extraordinary pre Columbian archaeological sites. The Andes are also the site of the most fascinating pre- Columbian cities of South America-like the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth not common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the hub of the Inca’s empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (it has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for ecological tourism). The Peruvian economy is healthy and quite strong, however inequality is still common. It is indebted and dependent on industrial nations, especially China, Russia and United States. Generally, people are very friendly, peaceful and helpful. When in trouble, you mostly can rely on getting help.

The City

Lima is the capital city of Peru and it is quite large and populated, housing nearly 1/3 of the total Peruvian population. Lima is rich in history and landmarks, and if you enjoy being outdoors you’ll enjoy traveling through the country, seeing the ruins, and observing the history first-hand. As with any large populous city, you need to take precautions and always be vigilant in order to protect your safety. Many areas of the city and country are perfectly safe and could be compared to areas of Miami or New York City. Lima is generally considered a coastal city and the climate is temperate and dry. Most of Peru is blanketed in mountains (the Andes) and you should be prepared for cold, dry weather.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

Health Insurance

266 EUR


1,600 EUR


287 EUR

200 EUR


28 EUR

37 EUR


177 EUR

137 EUR





16 EUR

50 EUR


*per month


La Casa de Don Ignacio-Lima, located in cosmopolitan Miraflores, was designed to offer accommodation to foreign students coming to USIL through the university’s exchange programs, as well as students who come from other parts of Peru.. Comfortably designed common rooms facilitate interaction between students, generating new friendships and promoting cultural understanding. La Casa de Don Ignacio in Lima provides an attractive housing option designed especially for foreign students, since they have shared rooms with a living room in comfortable apartments with Wi-Fi, and common areas with laundry, TV room, kitchen, computer room, etc. If you want to know more about La Casa de Don Ignacio, please visit or send an email:

Travel Opportunities

Lima is serviced by air through Jorge Chávez International Airport, Peru’s main hub for both national and international air traffic. Private buses, commonly known as micros or combis, are ubiquitous, employing a “chofer,” or driver, and a “cobrador,” who functions as a salesman, yelling the bus route to prospective passengers, and who collects your fare. Numerous inter-urban bus companies offer transportation to other cities in Peru. Quality varies depending on the price, from luxury express buses to uncomfortable and crowded micros.