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Peru: The Legendary Land of Machu Picchu and Beyond

MAY 24 - JUNE 15, 2014

(Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014)

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The country of Peru encompasses an astonishing amount of diversity waiting to be explored. Located on the central western coast of South America it is home to snow-capped mountains and giant sand dunes, weaving villages in the Andes and the amazing hidden Incas sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Peru also offers sophisticated coastal cities such as its capital, Lima, where the trip's journey begins with visits to that sprawling city's museums and neighborhoods. The itinerary takes the students to the villages and historic sites in the Cusco region along the Urubamba River Valley. Once the foremost city of the Inca empire, Cusco is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city.

After making their way to over 8,000 feet above sea level, students will follow the mysteries of this extraordinary country by visiting the highlands of the Andes that shelter ancient sites and contemporary village life. In these highlands they will visit weavers and learn their methods that bring vicuna and Ilama wool goods from the loom to the market. The gold, silver, and copper embedded in the mountains of Peru were the basis of early cultural rituals and enticed the Europeans in their quest for wealth. Students will learn about the conflict, ritual, and artistic artifacts surrounding these precious metals by visiting museums which house historically significant objects of the Incan cities of gold as well as visiting many of the key archaeological sites in Peru that speak to its early cultural importance.

Fees include all accommodations, all ground transportation within Peru, and some meals.


Annet Couwenberg, co-director, teaches in the Fiber and MBA/MA Design Leadership departments. She earned MFAs from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Syracuse University. Besides her extensive accomplishments as an artist, Couwenberg served as chair of the Fiber Department from 1989 to 2008, stepping down to concentrate on developing curriculum in Wearable Technology and Internationalization. She has travelled extensively in Turkey, Vietnam, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Korea, China, Germany, France, Italy, and Great Britain.

Dan Meyers, co-director, teaches in MICA's Graphic Design Department and works as a freelancer.  He has specialized in photographing artwork, interiors, and architecture. Most recently, he photographed the American Visionary Art Museum for American Style magazine. Meyers also photographed the home of Paul Rand for a book published on Rand's life work.  He has travelled extensively in Turkey, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Germany, France, and Italy.  Meyers has a BFA photography from Southern Illinois University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Katie O'Meara, visiting faculty, teaches in the architectural and environmental design and art history departments at MICA. She is an architect, geographer, and landscape architect . In addition to her teaching, and her research and design practice on cities and climate change, O'Meara has been a faculty member on several MICA summer abroad programs, including programs in Turkey, Spain and Morocco, Portugal, and Eastern Europe. She has studied historical and contemporary patterns in urbanization, sequent occupation and archaeological ruins along the eastern Mediterranean in Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Peru.


• $5,700 (does not include international airfare)

Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in 3D Elective, Fiber, or Graphic Design

• $7,260 (does not include international airfare)

Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in 3D Elective, Fiber, or Graphic Design

+ 3 undergraduate credits in Art History (with approval from the dept.)

• Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $75 per credit above the $5,700 base fee (contact program coordinator below).


Contact program co-directors Annet Couwenberg at or Dan Meyers at

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students-18 years or older with a valid passport-who have completed at least one year of college. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at or 410-225-2219.