Take 6 credit hours in the historic center of Cuzco, Peru at the beautiful campus of the University of San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL). Enlighten your perspective on climate change through excursions. Be transformed by visiting Machu Picchu, one of the 7 world wonders. Live for 5 weeks in the Andes mountains in housing located within walking distance of USIL's international center and avoid transportation costs.
Dr. Tom Juster offers Global Climate Change [GLY2073] which meets USF's Foundations of Knowledge-Physical Science breadth requirement. It has been modified to incorporate an Andean perspective on climate change.
Global climate change is the most important environmental issue of our time, and will require an informed citizenry to make the hard decisions that will be needed to confront it. Students in this class will learn about the factors that control Earth’s climate, and how scientists can both infer the climate of the past and make predictions about the climate of the future. The class is open to all students, regardless of their previous coursework in science or comfort with scientific and quantitative topics. Indeed, climate change is an ideal topic with which to develop scientific literacy because it integrates tools used in various disciplines (geology, oceanography, physics, and biology) and because uncertainty is fundamental to the way in which its discoveries and predictions must be presented. This class aims to make those discoveries and predictions accessible.
Although this class will emphasize the foundations of climate change science, we will also take advantage of our location in Cusco, Peru. The long history of indigenous peoples who have lived in this area for over 4,000 years provides a unique opportunity to learn how populations, migrations, and agricultural practices are affected by climate. In addition, today's rapidly changing climate will likely have profound impacts on both coastal and mountainous areas of Peru, due principally to the extreme sensitivity of Peru's tropical glaciers to small increases in temperature. Peru is also strongly affected by the El Niño oscillation, a phenomenon that affects ocean currents and weather, and that may be changing as the climate warms. We will explore these relationships with a few short excursions that examine how climate change has affected Peru in the past and how the climate is changing today.
GLY 2073- Global Climate Change (3 credit hours) [taught by Dr. Juster]
GLY 4930 - Global Climate Change, an Andean Perspective (3 credit hours) [taught by Dr. Juster]
This 2000-level course in Climate Change fulfills the Foundations of Knowledge-Physical Science breadth requirements for all students at USF, and will especially be of interest to students majoring in Geography, Geology, or enrolled in the Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program.
Pair Dr. Juster's class with a 3 credit-hour course taught in English at USIL (la Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola) for transfer credit:
Tuition for 6 credit hours (3 direct credit, 3 transfer credit)
Trip to Machu Picchu
Tours of the Scared Valley
Accommodations with all three meals and laundry service
Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
Cost does not include:
Airfare to Peru
Passport or visa fees
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
Dr. Tom Juster will be teaching his Global Climate Change course on Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola's (USIL) beautiful campus in Cuzco. You have 7 courses taught in English, offered by USIL faculty, that you will pair with Dr. Juster's course.
USIL was founded in 1995, as the first university created and approved by the National Council for the Authorization of University Operations (CONAFU), with the objective of shaping competitive, entrepreneurial leaders capable of dealing with the challenges of today´s world and doing business in Peru and throughout the world.
Read more about USIL's Global involvement at this LINK
Student can pick their accommodations within walking distance of USIL's international center:
Stay with a host family including all meals and laundry
Lodge at la Casa de Don Ignacio with breakfast and a modest meal stipend. For more information about la Casa de Don Ignacio follow this LINK.
Faculty and Contacts
Dr. Thomas Juster, faculty of the School of Geosciences, has never been to Peru, but he has spent many months living and traveling in the high-altitude Altiplano of Bolivia, including La Paz, Oruruo, and Potosi. Dr. Juster is proficient in Spanish, and has served as the co-director of USF's Costa Rica Program in San Pedro during the summers of 2014 and 2015, where he also taught a 3-credit class, "Geology and the Environment in Costa Rica".