I am happy to report on my experiences that I was able to gain at USIL during my semester abroad in Peru, Lima.
What options I had, ie which universities in which countries would fit my studies in South America, I was able to find out via MicroEDU. It was described in a very clear and easy-to-understand way and if I had any questions I always got a helpful answer very quickly.
I chose USIL in Lima, Peru.
The German summer semester starts in mid-August, so depending on the university, you only have a few weeks until your outbound flight. It is therefore advisable to travel to South America afterwards, as there can be 3 months between the end of your studies in Peru and the beginning of your studies in Germany. So you can book the return flight from another city and see more.
In Lima it is winter from August to December, ie if you study there in the German winter semester, you arrive there in the cold, which you should definitely keep in mind when planning. Winter there means that it always drizzles a little at around 10 ° C and the sky is covered by a gray cloud cover. From October the hours of sunshine increase, with every month the sky becomes more blue.
A good thing to do, even when the weather is bad, is Peru’s food, especially a specialty made from raw, lemon-simmered fish, ceviche and the fruits that can be found in the colorful market.
You can look for an apartment on site from the hostel by walking in the streets of the district, as the apartment or flat share advertisements are often stuck to the lamp posts or garages. Knowledge of Spanish for the calls is definitely an asset.
Now to the USIL
It is best to transfer the tuition fees beforehand, you don’t save yourself anything if you pay it on site with a credit card, fees are also charged here. The first day of study took 10 hours, at 9 a.m. I was at USIL and got there around 7 p.m. to see what courses I was getting and to pay the fees, which was due to the fact that too many students were working with one employee of the International Office. For many other students, including myself, some of the previously chosen courses were not available, so that one had to look for new ones or forego one or the other.
Of the 8 courses that matched my studies, I was unfortunately only able to attend 3, as a large number of courses held in English took place at the same time, were taken by local students or did not come about and I therefore had no choice. Instead of “ Marketing 1”, I was also offered the “Management Marketing” course, which corresponded to Marketing 3 and was a final semester course. So completely unsuitable for me.
- Learn more information about Peru and South America on thedressexplorer.
Accordingly, I was only able to take 3 instead of 5 courses that corresponded to the courses at my home university, or for which I also had the learning agreement agreed with my university. Very annoying, because the Learning Agreement had to be made twice anyway, as the USIL changed its course schedule under the previous semester, when the first Learning Agreement was in place, and half of the courses were no longer offered.
In my opinion, the courses themselves were mostly well held and also corresponded to the descriptions in the course catalog.
You can choose either English or Spanish on the USIL website. Unfortunately, only the first page is in English, the rest is only in Spanish, including messages that contain important information. Likewise, the page where you can download the teaching materials and fill out online tests. If you do not have very good previous knowledge of Spanish here, you will find it extremely difficult, or you will miss events or pick-up deadlines for, for example, your student ID or ID to get the student tariff on public transport.
To the grading system
In each course, a lot of group work, tests, projects and a midterm and final exam are written, which is a good chance of collecting points during the semester. However, if you want to travel to Peru during the semester, you collect 0 points here. (from 20)
In a course we visited the district beforehand with the university bus, for which we later drafted a plan, which had a very positive effect on the entire project work.
For the most part, the grading system is very opaque, points are given for punctuality and bringing teaching material, which reminded me more of school lessons than university lectures.
In my opinion, the distribution of grades is stricter than in Germany, in order to achieve good results you have to work hard and not infrequently take over tasks from others or distribute them in groups, as some Peruvian students take more courses than they can stock, sometimes up to 8 pieces (one has 6/8 ECTS). For them (according to their own statement) it is important to master and pass the course as quickly as possible, even if only with 11 points, which corresponds to a 4.0. A “by far the best thesis and presentation” can be rated with 18 points, which corresponds to 1.7.
I cannot recommend USIL as a university to those who want to see something of the country and still achieve very good to good results, who only want to study in South America, or if it is only about passing the courses and the grades are not taken over, may find the right one here.