Faculty of Business & Communications

Peru Field School

FBCS peru web photo

Photo by Erik Ringsmuth on Unsplash. Hiker near Machu Picchu.


This is a joint Communication Studies and Business field school made up of 12 to 15 students from each school. Participants will visit Lima, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Manu National Park, and Machu Picchu. Students from both schools will learn about intercultural communication, social enterprise, Spanish, sustainable development, and Indigenous culture, resilience, and reconciliation. Communication students will also focus on media production, international journalism, and human rights reporting. Business students will specifically study international business, foreign trade and marketing. 

COVID-19 and International Education Programs

We are currently continuing to plan for spring 2022 semester travel opportunities but the ability to run these programs and have students participate will be dependent on the situation at the time of the program, decisions made by MRU regarding travel-related activities and on the travel advice, warnings and information provided by the Provincial and Federal Government.

The most up to date information on Mount Royal University’s response to COVID-19 can be found here.


For Communication Students

COMM 3799: International Communication Projects - 3 credits

This course will be based on media project work completed in an international environment, and result in the production of content appropriate to the intended audiences and publications. This is an intermediate- to senior-level course resulting in the delivery of a range of media narratives produced individually and in groups. Students will research, plan, and execute on a portfolio of multimedia stories reflecting their time on the ground in Peru. The class will also collaborate on stories, art, graphics, and images for our new human rights magazine, Justice. (No Prerequisites.) 

COMM 3501: Intercultural Communication (GenEd Tier 3, Cluster 4) - 3 credits

Intercultural Communication examines communication among individuals of different cultural backgrounds, including the study of similarities and differences across cultures. The course will introduce students to key intercultural communication topics: communication and culture, linguistic differences, ecological influences on culture, the dimensions of cultural difference, stereotyping, intercultural encounters, culture shock, and adaptation. As students engage with community partners over the course of the field school, they will consider Peruvian life and culture more broadly. (No prerequisites.) 

For Business Students

INBU 3350: Fiedl School in Business I - 3 credits

INBU 3399: Directed Readings (3 credits) - 3 credits

Interested students should confirm their ability to use both courses for credits with their academic advisor prior to joining the field school.

Program Dates

Program dates: Depart April 30, 2022. Field School ends May 28, 2022.

There will be block week classes April 25 to 28, 2022. Pre-departure meeting dates will be announced in early 2022.

Information Sessions

For more information, please attend a scheduled information session:

Communication Students Monday, September 20 6:oo p.m. Online
Communication Students Thursday, September 23 6:00 p.m. Online
Communication Students Monday, October 4 6:00 p.m. Online
Business Students Tuesday, October 5 6:00 p.m. Online
Business and Communication Students Wednesday, October 6 11:30 a.m. EB 1014
Business Students Wednesday, October 6 6:00 p.m. Online
Communication Students Tuesday, November 9 6:00 p.m. Online


Students wanting to attend an information session should contact the instructors directly by email to receive the meeting links. For business students - Don Haidey (dhaidey@mtroyal.ca). For Communication students - Brad Clark (bclark@mtroyal.ca).

Application Process

Before applying for a field school, students should ensure they have familiarize themselves with the general field school requirements and policies.

To apply for the Business and Communications Peru Field School, submit the following by the application deadline:

  • Field School Application Form (with all requested and supporting documents attached in PDF format);
  • A one-page letter of intent explaining why you would like to be part of the Peru Field School and how you believe it will enhance your education and career goals.

Application Deadline

Note: The application deadline has lapsed however there is still space in the program and applications are still being accepted until further notice.

Completed applications are due by Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 4 pm. Applications must be submitted using the online system by this deadline in order to be considered.

Successful applicants will be notified by December 3, 2021 and will need to pay the initial deposit of $500 by December 10, 2021 in order to confirm their spot in the program.  Failure to make the initial deposit by this deadline will result in the spot being given to another student.

Program Costs

Peru Field School Program Fees - $4,529.00

The Peru Field School Program Fees include:

  • Local ground transportation during the field school;
  • Accommodations;
  • All course-related programming, excursions, tours, visits and activities;
  • Contingency fee;
  • Faculty expenses and MRU administration fees.

Program fees are payable according to the payment deadlines outlined in the following table. Instructions on paying program fees will be provided to participants at time of acceptance.

1st deposit* December 10, 2021 $500
2nd deposit January 28, 2022 $2015
3rd deposit March 25, 2022 $2014

*Initial program deposit is non-refundable and secures the participant's place in the program. Possibility of refund of subsequent deposits due to withdrawal from the program will be assessed and determined at the time of withdrawal according to the field school refund policy.

Program fees do not include course tuition or additional student expenses (see below).

MRU Tuition & General Fees

MRU tuition and fees for COMM 3799 and COMM 3501 or INBU 3730 and INBU 3399 are in addition to the program fees and will be assessed to each student's account in April, 2022. They are payable to MRU by the spring 2022 fee payment deadline.

Additional Student Expenses

Students are responsible for all additional expenses not included in the program fees such as: airfare, meals & incidentals, Out of Country Travel Health and Medical Insurance, passport, personal spending and emergency funds.

Estimates of additional student costs are available at the Information Session(s) and from the instructors or International Education.

Financial Assistance

Peru field school participants will receive a $1,000 grant from the MRU International Mobility Award to use towards the costs associated with the field school. Further information about this, other grants and student loan funding for field schools can be found here.

Contact Information

Don Haidey - Business (dhaidey@mtroyal.ca)

Brad Clark - Communications (bclark@mtroyal.ca)

Trinda Guillet - International Education (tguillet@mtroyal.ca)