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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

Av. Universitaria cdra. 18, San Miguel, AP 1761 Lima 100, Peru
3.21 / 5 based on 30 reviews.

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48% of students recommend
30 reviews
Housing
3.5/5
All experiences (30)
Student life
3.8/5
5 stars (6)
Academic
2.5/5
4 stars (6)
Languages
3.8/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
2.8/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
3.7/5
1 star (6)
Peru is an amazing country, but its people is even more captivating. Make firends, if their family comes from "provincia" (out of Lima) ask them if you can spend a WE there with them, travel with friends, share their life, go to the places they go, act like a normal peruvian student, talk to people, make jokes with them (peruvians are very friendly), eat their food, ask them to explain you what you don't understand about the country, the history, the political situation, go to parties with th... Read Review
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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú review by Nathalie

Review by Nathalie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, ALFA European Union-programm
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Living in the city on your own brings you to get more in touch with the autochton population and way of life.
Personal comments:
The PUCP doesn't have a campus, it's a university in the city. The master I studied there was programmed over two years, so I found it was better for me to get my own appartment and settle down as soon as possible to start studying right away. But the PUCP always offered us alternatives, contacts and advices in order to find a place to live and organized every foreign student's location during the first period.
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Barranco is definitly the place to go if you want to enjoy Lima's nightlife. Barranco is a rather poor neighbourhood but with a bohemian way of life centered in cafés and pubs (not so many discos), wich is qite uneasy to find in South-America in general and in Lima in particular. Miraflores is also a place with lot of animation, but it is more oriented to the sector of cinemas, more expensive pubs ans selective discos. Let's say that Barranco is more "alternative" and "authentic" at the samen time, and Miraflores is more posh and full of foreigners. The center of Lima is also a nice place, if you know it and are a little carefull; some old cafés and restaurants but some streets are really dangerous. The place to go in the center is definitly LA Filmoteca, a kind of "cine-arte" that organizes retrospectives in cooperatio with ambassies and cultural services of other countries (e.g.: 4 weeks of french movies, or Almodovar restrospective...). At the Museo de Arte, where the Filomteca is, they give theter and art classes, cheap and with good professionnals.
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ACADEMIC       3.0 / 5
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
The master I studied there was a special programme, designed ad-hoc and financed by the UE. It is not a common study programme of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Anyway, the preparation of the teachers that gave us classes is absolutely excellent and proves that South Americas produces as good professionnals as the rest of the world. My recommendation, as a foreign student there, is to try to talk to teachers and ask them for advice and contacts as often as possible, because the majority of them are deeply implicated in the peruvian political, social and economic life, and can intriduce you to the reality of the country in a priviledge way.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Maybe it exists, but I think a University as PUCP must be implicated in the improvement of Peru's development. The theoretical part of classes is of course necessary, but I think it is also necessary to create in the wealthy students of such an important university a concrete conscience that they are the future and the hope of their country.

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
I am half chilean, and speak Spanish since I was born, but living and studying (including writing a thesis of 200 pages!) in Spanish was the occasion to improve my vocabulary and orthograph. Now I can say I am completely fluent in Spanish, in any way.
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
The funding was assured by The PUCP and the EU
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
Food, nightlife and travelling are less expensive i Peru than in Belgium, so I spent proportionnaly less money in Peru for these matters, even if I travelled and went out a night maybe more that in Belgium. In another hand, it was the first time I lives on my own, so obviously I spent more money in accomodation in Peru than in Brussels (even if my appartment wasn't that expensive), and maybe also in food, even if food in Peru is really really cheap. Telephone was a big expense for me, but it was my choice, to keep in touch with my famialy ans most of all with my boyfriend. But it wasn't a disaster neither because I soon found a Internet telephone system (Net2Phone).
Telephone, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Food ans tipical dishes are so delicious in Peru, that I recommend to eat the "Menus" that people cook and serve in small restaurants, anywhere in the city (even in the some posh neighbourhoods such as Miraflores where I lived) for small prices (2 dollars is a maximum price). Eating those menus, you can eat current peruvian cook, and more global dishes arranged i the peruvian way. It's not worth it to got to a fancy tipical folkloric restaurant to eat the delicious ceviche, ají de gallina, cau-cau, chupito de camarón or arroz chaufa. The chinees restaurants, CHIFAS, also offer abundant and cheap menus of delicious asiatic-peruvian gastronomy, simbol of fusio between those two cultures.
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I wish I had documented myself a little more before going, because Peru as such an interesting and intense history and culture... But two years of intense livng ther where ok to get aware of everything, with a little effort and dedication.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
As I Said before, the teachers and students are of high quality. Interacting with them, living their reality, being one of them (including going for dinner at the house of you class mates and meet their family) is the best way to enjoy that University.



FINAL COMMENTS

Peru is an amazing country, but its people is even more captivating. Make firends, if their family comes from "provincia" (out of Lima) ask them if you can spend a WE there with them, travel with friends, share their life, go to the places they go, act like a normal peruvian student, talk to people, make jokes with them (peruvians are very friendly), eat their food, ask them to explain you what you don't understand about the country, the history, the political situation, go to parties with them (peruvians love to dance), accept if they invite you to any celebration, and of course go to Macchu Picchu (WITH A PERUVIAN GUIDE) but DON'T MISS THE JUNGLE (start in Iquitos) because it's one of the most beautiful and nice place in the world. Not only Brazil has the Amazone, don't forget that this mythical river starts in Peru. But definitly, the principal wealth of Peru is its people. Live with them, not next to them.
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