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  • Locations: Lima, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring Break Travel
  • Restrictions: Montclair applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Academic Area: Justice Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Spanish
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

Spring Break in Lima, Peru:         

Human Rights, Politics of Memory & Dealing with the Past

January 2018 – May, 2018

March 3 – 11, 2018

Program Closed for 2018

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Program Overview

This spring semester course includes a one-week study abroad experience in Lima, the vibrant capital of Peru, in South America, that is filled with ancient Incan history and culture. It is directly located on the Pacific coast at the foothills of the Andes, with many neighborhoods that convey a South American flair and lifestyle and other parts that portray the image of a globalized and international metropolis of the 21st century. Yet between 1980 and 2000, Peru faced a devastating internal conflict when leftist revolutionary groups, including the infamous Shining Path, fought against the government. In response, under the Fujimori administration in the 1990s, armed forces carried out several massacres and President Fujimori put in place an authoritarian regime, which committed numerous human rights crimes. The history of violence and the context of dealing with such a legacy make Lima an excellent learning environment for students of human rights.
The one-week study abroad program component is an optional yet integral part of a select number of spring semester courses in Justice Studies and Spanish/Latin American Studies. The program offers an overview of human rights issues and efforts to deal with the legacy of political violence in society.  Seminar-style lectures based on interactive student participation and discussion groups allow students to immerse themselves completely and explore the struggles of how to account for crimes against humanity, how to help create a collective memory -- not only among those who experienced these atrocities but also among younger generations who were not exposed to the violence.  Local scholars and human rights activists share their daily work experience and talk about the challenges they face in their attempts to foster accountability.  Students will also have opportunity to visit sites of memory, such as the LUM museum and the “Eye that Cries” a memorial erected in homage to the over 70,000 victims of state and guerilla violence during this period.

map of peru
Photos of Disappeared
Photo of 'Disappeared' - photo credit, The Advocacy Project
Cathedral de Lima
Itinerary Highlights: About Lima, Peru
El Parque del Amor
Fountains at Night-Lima, Peru

Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, is a fascinating city and a treasure trove of history. It hosts ancient Incan archeological sites, elegant cathedrals and opulent palaces dating from Spanish colonial times. Downtown Lima is crowded, but the city's neighborhoods include the beautiful beachfront shopping and dining. Like its inhabitants, Lima, the city of kings, is a rare and exciting mix of nationalities, styles and forms. The original city center, the old quarter of the city originally mapped out by Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro, called el damero de Pizarro due to the classic geometric form found in other old Spanish colonial cities, is today a UNESCO Mankind Heritage Site. The urban landscape maintains the age-old texture of its rich tradition, preserving the venerable beauty of the city’s original colonial architecture. Lima offers a chance to delve into more than four centuries of living history.

Dr. Arnaud Kurze is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies and an expert on transitional justice studies. Previously Dr. Kurze has worked for New York University, Sciences Po (The Institut d'études politiques de Paris in France) and the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Kurze teaches courses on post-conflict and international justice as well as human rights issues. His research and work focuses on different world regions including Latin America, North Africa and Southeast Europe, where he spent several years studying the effects of war crimes and mass atrocities on post-authoritarian societies. He is multilingual and speaks French, German and Spanish, among other languages.

Dr. Arnaud Kurze
Dr. Arnaud Kurze


All students register for ONE of the following Spring 2018 3-credit courses:
JUST 357 - Human Rights and International Justice***            
LALS 201 - Perspectives on Latin America*
SPAN 376 - Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean**
LALS 401 - Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies

The course counts towards the respective programs:
Justice Studies Major- International Justice Concentration (JUST)
Latin American and Latino Studies Minor (LALS)
Spanish Major/Minor (SPAN)
*Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement
**Meets World Cultures Requirement
***Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval


Estimated Program Costs:
approximately $2,400

- Application deadline extended

The program costs include:

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers in Peru
  • Guest Lectures                      
  • Hostel or Dorm-style housing            
  • Excursions
  • Local Transportation
  • All meals
Not included in program costs:
  • Mandatory study abroad insurance (less than $25)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Single rooms in hostels (please ask about supplementary costs and availability)

Program costs are based on a minimum of 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.

Payments are made through the Office of International Engagement (not the Bursar) and can be in the form of checks, money orders or by completing a credit card form (not payable electronically or online). Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University” and send or drop off at the Office of International Engagement located in the Student Center Annex Room 207.

Payment Schedule:
The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:

Application Fee 


First Deposit by November 15 or upon acceptance:    


Second Deposit by December 15:    


Final Payment by February 1st   

$900 (to be confirmed)

Please make checks payable to “Montclair State University.”

Cancellation policy:

Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90-day point (December 3) and 50% of the program cost at the 60-day point (January 3). Cancellations received after February 3 are non-refundable.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens, but a copy of a passport is needed by December 1 and should be valid for 6 months beyond the trip dates. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for confirming whether they need a tourist visa. The Office of International Education & Global Engagement will provide supporting documentation if necessary.
Accommodations and Meals:
Casa Kopling Residence
Casa Kopling Residence
Participants will stay in centrally located hostel-style double, triple and quad room accommodations with private bathrooms located in one of Lima’s vibrant neighborhoods. Internet access is available in the common areas. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included throughout the program.


Application Prerequisites and Procedure

All students should complete the International Engagement online application, which includes:

  • Office of International Engagement online application
  • Pre-Enrollment Form confirming interview with the faculty director
  • $100 Application Fee

Pre-Enrollment Form Montclair in Peru 2018.docx  - this form will be filled out and signed by Prof. Kurze or Prof. Zapata and sent or brought to the Office of International Education & Global Engagement after the interview is complete.

Participants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing.

Program cost payments will be in installments, due November 15, December 15 and February 1.

For further information:

Contact Wendy Gilbert-Simon in the Office of International Education & Global Engagement at (973) 655-4185 or email

Contact Dr. Arnaud Kurze at (973) 655-7960 or
Or visit us on the web at


Office of International  Engagement -
Student Center Annex Rm. 207,
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043

Tel: 973 655-4185
Fax: 973 655-7654

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.