ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Peru. All host familys are either within a quick walking distance to the ISA Study Center, or are conveniently located near public transit routes relative to where classes are held. Travel times to the ISA Study Center vary but generally range between 5-20 minutes.
The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Peru and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Peruvian!
Each homestay has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to accommodate students' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. The majority of the ISA host families do not speak English; however, there are some that do. Students typically have their own individual room, and receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Laundry service at least once per week is also included in the homestay.
A pensión is similar to a host family however pensiones have more space to provide housing to multiple students. There is a possibility that some may be international students outside of the ISA program, but this is not common. This option includes three meals per day/seven days per week (excluding excursion days) and laundry service at least once per week. Students will also be expected to coordinate meals with the meal schedule of the pensión. This is a great option for students who are more independent and would like to live with a larger number of students in a homestay setting.
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.