Environmental Mapping in Peru with Professor Huang

Join Professor Jane Huang in Peru to study the interactions of humans and the environment.
Study abroad group in Peru at Machu Picchu

May 2025

Total Price (subject to change): $3,510

Includes: Flights, accommodations, on the ground transportation, some meals are included, flights from Lima to Cusco, insurance, on-site staff, 24/7 emergency support.
Doesn't Include: Personal expenses, some meals

Students should apply for the Global Ambassador Scholarship in October 2024 on Academic Works and will find out what/if they received the scholarship before the first payment due date.

First Payment due November 8, 2024 = $1,170
Second Payment due December 10, 2024 = $1,170
Third Payment: January 10, 2025 = $1,170


Pending financial aid does not cover study abroad payments. Please call Student Accounts for more details at 978.665.4126.

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GEOG 2007 Environment and Mapping in Peru, 3 Credits CRN 38653
This course meets M W at 2 p.m. in Science Building SCI 217

  • Fulfills the following NEW General Education requirements: Advanced and Applied Learning (AIA), Diverse Perspectives (DP), High Impact Practices (IHIP), Science Math Technology (SMT), Procedural Logic (PL)
  • Fulfills the following OLD General Education requirements: GDCN (Global Diversity Non-Western) 

Students may use this course as a prerequisite for upper-level GIS courses and as an elective for the GST, GIS, EES, and PHS major/minor requirements. 

Join Professor Jane Huang in Peru to study the interactions of humans and the environment. This 3 credit will meet after-spring break in March for this hands-on and outdoor-oriented activities. Students will learn to use GPS to conduct field surveys on campus and in the Fitchburg area. They will apply navigation skills, play geocaching games, process GPS data, and produce maps in a GIS. They will also go on field trips and have guest lectures. The course will provide intro-level training in geospatial technologies and prepare students for the program to Peru.

Students will then travel to Peru in May (after graduation) for 10 days to study the interaction of humans and the environment while witnessing some of the most extraordinary human-impacted landscapes. The main highlight of the program will be a day visit to one of the most beautiful wonders of the world, Machu Picchu (a UNESCO world heritage site)! Students will conduct a community-based mapping project while experiencing the incredible culture, history, and environment in Lima and Cusco. Other highlights include a service-learning beach clean up day, Lima City Tour, Larco Mar Museum, Sacred Valley, Cusco Recycling, Plant B-Green and LOOP (Life Out Of Plastic), the pioneer environmental organizations in Peru and learn about sustainable consumption and communities. 

Learn more from the info session slideshow

For more information please email Dr. Jane Huang at jhuang2@fitchburgstate.edu or the Office of International Education at inthelp@fitchburgstate.edu

Sample Itinerary* (based on 2023 and subject to change)

May 23 Flight departs from Boston and arrive at Lima, Peru
May 24 Historic Downtown Tour (Guided)
Museo Larco Tour (Guided)
May 25 Municipalidad de Surco Recycling Plant (visit subject to change)
Guest Lecture with Micaela Venancio from BE GREEN/LOOP NGO
May 26 Beach Clean-up with LOOP and BE GREEN NGO
Miraflores and Barranco Walking Tour (Guided)
May 27 Flight to Cusco
Coach to Ollantaytambo
Train to Aguas Calientes
May 28 Public shuttle bus to Machu Pichu
Guided Tour of Machu Picchu
May 29 Recycling plant of AJE in Aguas Calientes
Train to Ollantaytambo
Coach to Cusco
May 30 Cusco City Tour (Guided)
Guest Lecture with Dr. Ortega
May 31 River Visit with Dr. Ortega
Landfill Visit with Dr. Ortega
June 1 Depart from Lima, Peru and Arrive at Boston

Studying abroad isn’t comparable to anything else. I was able to see environmental issues that I learned about in the classroom at the same time as seeing a new country, trying local foods, meeting new people, and visiting Machu Picchu.

Mary Kate Moreau
GIS/Environmental Mapping in Peru 2023

Questions? Get in touch!

For more information please email Professor Jane Huang jhuang2@fitchburgstate.edu or the Office of International Education.